Tropical fruit

Assessment of Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp.

Auditor: Hawaii’s agriculture agency is failing diversification mission

According to audit data released yesterday, the state agency set up to help convert Hawaii’s agriculture lands from plantations producing mainly pineapple and sugar for export…

Carzo to export Malaysian pineapples and Durian to international market

Established in 2011, Malaysian company Carzo has gone from being a wholesaler to importing and supplying supermarkets, hypermarkets, catering, hospitals, airlines and more. "Currently we import all different of types fruits from all around the world. Apples, pears, citrus, berries, stone fruits and much…

Exports of fresh Peruvian mango could fall by 12% due to weather issues

Peru exported 235,000 tons of fresh mango in the 2019-2020 season, i.e. 38.23% more than in the previous season, according to estimates by the Peruvian Association of Mango…

Avocados From Mexico

Guac Bowl Stadium digital experience is launched

Avocados From Mexico is bringing the Big Game stadium experience directly to fans with the launch of its Virtual Guac Bowl Stadium. This digital experience is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to score big in celebration of the Big Game: inside AFM's Virtual Guac Bowl Stadium, visitors can access…

Superbowl avocado exports from Mexico forecast to be up 4% - despite Covid

The pandemic won’t stop Mexico from sending huge volumes of avocados to the US in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. The Mexican Association of Avocado Producers, Packers and…

Moreton Bay Region, Queensland

Pates' pineapple farm celebrates 100 years in Wamuran

Pineapple grower William Pates was anticipating a large crowd at the centennial celebration of his family farm but when Greater Brisbane was put into a snap COVID lockdown the…

IDNStore digital trading platform

Indonesian Trade Minister presents digital platform to boost exports to China

Yesterday, Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi has initiated digital trading platform Indonesia Store (IDNStore). Its aim is to help Indonesian products, especially those made by…

Mountain Food Products, North Carolina

Local produce distributor steers its business over rough roads

At 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of 2021, a rapid and practiced choreography unfurls at Mountain Food Products’ warehouse and loading dock behind the WNC Farmers Market. Meghan…

Low volumes predicted for March

Yellow dragon fruit volume to increase in February

The yellow dragon fruit from Palora, Ecuador, has multiple seasonal peaks throughout the year. Currently, the volumes are low, but once February arrives the volumes will increase again. In addition to fluctuating volumes, the pricing fluctuates a lot too, which causes challenges for many of the small…

Alberto Casanova, from Frutas Manzano, on Spanish subtropics:

"We are lucky to have a niche product that not many producers grow"

The Costa Tropical of Granada and part of the Axarquía of Malaga concentrate most of the area destined for the cultivation of cherimoyas in Spain, which has now established itself as the world leader in the production of this fruit native to South America. "The cherimoya campaign runs from September to…

Slimmer volumes on imported mango

Mango supplies in North America are currently light. “They’re coming in from Peru right now and early crop numbers are fairly light due to weather,” says Rick Nagelberg of Panorama Produce Sales in Mamaroneck, NY. He notes that there are Kent and a few Ataulfo mangoes coming out of Peru. “There are a few…

National Mango Board accepting board nominees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) seeks nominations for the National Mango Board to fill seats for six members whose terms expire…

Tips & tricks: How to ripen avocados using an air fryer

An Australian woman has proved how versatile an air fryer can be, using it to help turn a hard avocado into a ripe one. On the Facebook page Air Fryer Recipes Australia, she…

Due to to declining imports from China:

Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports drop to 3.2 billion in 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) reports that Vietnam earned 3.26 billion USD from exporting fruit and vegetables in 2020. This is a drop of 13 percent…

Togolese pineapple sector is doing well

Between 2017 and 2019, Togo’s pineapple output grew by 11.6%, from 27,000 tons to 30,149 tons. The sector encompasses more than 3,200 producers. The pineapple industry is very…

Malaysian Joinland Group optimistic about 2021

The Joinland Group, a diversified Malaysian conglomerate of varied business interests, is looking at 2021 with optimism. This is mainly due to two new agricultural projects…

Nigeria wants to tap into the multimillion global coconut market

Industry experts forecast that the global coconut products market will reach $31.1 billion by 2026. There are campaigns for the government and the private sector to explore…

Pricing could get stronger on avocados

Following a significant drop in prices, avocado pricing has picked up and may continue to do so. Currently, Mexico is the only player in the market shipping avocados with the lack of Peru, Chile and California shipping fruit. (Though California will be set to begin again in April.) “In Mexico, they’re harvesting…

Northern Territory, Australia

Ti Tree area grape and mango growers affected by border closures

Growers in the area around Ti Tree in the Northern Territory of Australia has seen some varying degrees of misery and success, lately. State border closures due to Covid-19…

Juan Antonio Reyes, manager of Reyes Gutiérrez:

"Now I see less interest in avocados compared to the start of the pandemic"

The green-skinned avocado varieties, with which the campaign kicked off in Spain in late September and early October, were followed in early December by Hass avocados, whose harvest is currently in full swing. Despite the popularity of this fruit, the start of the campaign, which also coincided with the…

Limited supplies bring high demand and pricing for Costa Rica pineapples

The new year has started off with limited supplies, high demand and high prices on the pineapple market. The holidays saw a big increase in volumes shipped, and now that the holidays have passed, the current volumes have decreased a bit. Adriana Garcia of Chestnut Hill Farms, who grow their pineapples in…

Vietnamese automobile billionaire takes over HAGL Agrico

Vietnamese billionaire Tran Ba Duong, who founded THACO in 1997, a company that has grown to be the largest domestic automobile producer, has taken over as chairman of…

South Korea: Peruvian mangoes reach Hyundai department store chain

At all 15 stores of the Hyundai Department Store, the Apple Mango event was held. The goal was to position Peru as a supplier of high-quality and flavorful mangoes in South…

Prices dropped to Rs 10 per kg

Kerala state government fixes minimum support price for pineapples

The hostile weather and the price drop have created tough times for pineapple growers in Kerala state. Although the government declared a minimum price for pineapple, some…

Kenya: Recently established horticulture levy to fund fumigation facility

Kenya is preparing to resume mango shipments to the US, Europe and other key markets. In order to pass the strict phytosanitary regulations of these markets, funds from the…

Innovative Fresh integrated in Normec Foodcare for a total package of quality related fruit and vegetable aspects

"When a tester examines a container of grapes, they have a direct impact on 50,000 consumers"

In 2007, Maud Jentjens and Jelger de Vriend founded Innovative Fresh to make the quality of fruit and vegetables on the fruit and vegetable shelf measurable in the belief that the quality of fruit and vegetable products should be better. As of this year, the activities will be fully integrated with…

Most of the fruit, still unripe, is sold in street markets

Mass theft of avocados reported in the Region of Valencia

The Hass avocado harvest is in full swing in the Spanish Region of Valencia, and with it, plenty of reports of theft, motivated by the attractive prices that this subtropical…

The Association Agreement between Central America and the United Kingdom entered into force on January 1

The Association Agreement between Central America and the United Kingdom (Aacru), which was signed on July 18, 2019, and that will maintain the advantageous conditions of…

Mexican Ministry of Agriculture recognizes work of small-scale avocado farmers

Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture has lauded the nation’s small-scale garden growers. During a virtual event named ‘Our wealth: the avocado’, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula stated…

Protective fruit covers enhance mango quality in Andhra Pradesh

In Andhra Pradesh there is a huge demand for fruit covers made of wood pulp for raising fruits like mango, pomegranate, banana and more to provide protection from pests,…

Gentilfruit

120 hectares of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and baby kiwifruit soon to be planted in Basilicata

"The time has come to diversify in Basilicata. This region boasts exceptional soil and weather conditions to produce small fruits 12 months a year. Together with other local entrepreneurial activities, we are focusing on the cultivation and commercialization of berries, a sector that has been growing…

Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre

Australian tree crop severe weather app successfully tracks its first tropical cyclone in North Queensland

A new Australian tree crop weather monitoring app has been able to track its first major weather event since launching. The Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre (AARSC) at the University of New England launched its "Australian Tree Crop Map: Severe Weather App" last year, which covers the growing…

Using durian fruit to charge an electric car -What will the future bring?

Researchers are looking into the possibilities nature also holds for us. This inspires scientific discovery in a host of unexpected ways. Lex Amore from the Biomimicry…

APMC Fruit Market sees more than 300 fruit trucks arriving

Sources from Navi Mumbai's APMC market state that more than 300 vehicles have arrived at the location, carrying tons of fruits. This has meant that the prices of fruits have also come down as the demand for the same has dropped over the last few months. Marketers have also seen a lack of customers…

Plantations uprooted again due to lack of profitability

Spanish kaki campaign ending with prices that do not compensate for the drop in the production

The kaki campaign is almost ending in Spain; earlier than usual, taking into account that production has fallen by around 50% compared to the previous year due to the impact…

Peru's avocado exports increased by almost 100,000 tons in 2020

Peru exported 410,463,231 kilos of avocado in 2020, i.e. 32% or almost 100 million kilos more than the 310,870,326 kilos it exported in 2019, according to data published by…

Huaping county, Yunnan province

Chinese ex-miners successfully turn to mango production

Huaping county had about 8,000 hectares of mountains containing coal mines from the mid-1980s to 2015, accounting for 20 percent of its uninhabited mountains, but mine…

mirontell fein & frisch: "Nothing is more constant than change - so we adapt"

"Emerging even stronger from the crisis thanks to changed management"

Last year, convenience fruit manufacturer mirontell fein & frisch AG used the lowered demand from the hospitality industry to reorganize and optimize structures within the company: "We used the lockdown situation to deal with issues for which we simply didn't have time otherwise," Rick Marwitz reports. The…

Lifepack: Pineapples turned into plantable plates

When it comes to finding solutions to a big problem, there doesn’t seem to be anything that’s better than using something that people really want to get rid of as the raw materials for your next big idea. Take pineapple crowns, for example. All over the world, pineapple processing centers are left with…

"Chinese market for imported ready-to-eat avocados is growing every year"

Chinese market demand for avocados is growing every year. This 'super food' is becoming increasingly popular with Chinese consumers. More and more countries have obtained permission to export avocados to China and the variety of imported avocados is becoming more diverse too. This is the height of the…

Mexican avocado continues to break export records

Mexican avocado exports continue to break records. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, between January and November 2020, Mexico exported 1,219,700 tons of…

Peruvian mango shipments fell at the end of 2020

According to the Peruvian Association of Mango Exporters (APEM), Peru exported 29,497 tons of mango fresh from the start of the 2020/2021 mango season in week 44 (October 26)…

Desirée Hecker, Managing Director of newly founded Montosa Germany LLC:

"Making Spanish mangoes and avocados better known throughout Germany"

Spanish supplier of exotics, Frutas Montosa, will have its own independent German LLC from January 15th onwards. It will be based in Brunsbüttel. From there, consumers will be supplied with with avocados and mangos via both the German as well as the Austrian market. Managing director of the new branch is…

François Bellivier, Capexo:

“Offering a more consistent quality is key to increase avocado consumption in France”

We are currently at the junction between several origins on the avocado market. “In the winter in France, we find origins such as Mexico, Colombia and Chile. Those origins have been on the market for a few months now and are about to end. We also started importing Mediterranean origins like Morocco,…

India: Pineapple prices down during farmers’ strike

The New Year isn’t off to a good start for Indian pineapple growers, with prices plummeting to a record low. The farm-level price of GI-tagged Vazhakkulam pineapple A grade…

Dependency on China is too great, say experts

Vietnamese dragon fruit needs to find new export markets

In the first 11 months of 2020, dragon fruit exports fell by 10 percent because of COVID-19. Despite this, these sales still dominated Vietnamese fruit exports; shipments…

Dominican avocados one of ten new fruits authorized to enter China

The General Administration of Customs of China has announced that China is granting import permits for ten new fruits in 2020. This is a slight decrease as compared to the…

Pure Gold Pineapples supports McGrath Foundation

Pure Gold Pineapple growers are encouraging Australian families pick up a juicy pineapple to support the McGrath Foundation. To ensure the support of a McGrath Breast Care…

Earnest Eats launches new snacking avocado line

Earnest Eats®, creator of superfood breakfasts and snacks, today launched a new line of Snacking Avocados, a clean-ingredient snack made with slices of real avocado that are freeze-dried and simply seasoned with sea salt and spices. Available in three savory flavors, including Sea Salt, Sea Salt Lime and…

New avocado study outlines costs and returns of high-density plantings

Growers considering producing avocados in San Diego County with high-density plantings now have help to determine the economic feasibility. A new study on the costs and returns of establishing and producing avocados in San Diego County has been released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources'…

Malaysia: Raub durian farmers granted stay of eviction

Raub is a town in Pahang, Malaysia, some 110 km from Kuala Lumpur. Yesterday, the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya allowed the application by 204 durian farmers in Raub, to stay…

Alphonso mangos from Devgad arrive in Mumbai market

The first boxes of this season’s Alphonso mangoes from Konkan have arrived in the Mumbai market. One grower from Kunkeshwar in the Devgad administrative division has sent two…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 04-01-2021)

Week 53 Hass supply from Chile to the EU amounted to 106,000 4-kg cartons

In the last week of 2020 (week 53), the Hass supply from Chile to the EU amounted to a final 106,000 4-kg cartons, bringing the year total to 19.275.000 cartons. Avocado shipments from Israel came to 205,000 cartons of Greenskin avocados and 323,000 units of Hass avocados, totalling 528,000 units.   Click here for the…

Peru: Agri-sector grew between 1% and 1.2% despite the 2020 pandemic

The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) has stated that the agricultural sector registered a growth between 1.0% and 1.2% in 2020, compared to the…

China announces it will reduce tariffs on selected fruit imports

The new import tariffs announced by the Tariff Commission of the State Council of China for selected imported goods came into force on January 1, 2021. While tariffs on many…

Manuel Michel, Executive Director of the National Mango Board: "This year consumption will increase by 5% or more"

Mango consumption continues to grow in the United States

The National Mango Board highlighted that, despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 health crisis in 2020, mango consumption in the United States had continued to grow.…

Acreage has grown by 45% in a year

Avocado cultivation expands in the Region of Valencia

Avocados continue to gain ground in the Spanish Region of Valencia, where the acreage devoted to production has grown by 45% in the last year, according to data supplied by…

Summer holiday season saw strong avocado sales

Summer avocado sales continued to grow as shoppers purchased a record number of fresh Hass avocados in celebration of dad, the 4th of July and the start of a new school year. The Hass Avocado Board’s recently published Q3 holiday recap report indicated that Father’s Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day…

Mexican avocado prices down as foodservice closures continue to dampen demand

The Mexican avocado production is continuing on at a steady pace, though the effects of the pandemic have brought some changes to the normal distribution patterns of the crop. Juan Escorcia of Avocados Aguirre shares: “The US consumption of avocados has remained steady but because of the loss of…

New Zealand: Papayas tested as possible treatment for dengue

The first extracts from papaya leaves grown at a Northland research orchard are now part of a clinical study at universities in the UK and in Asia in a project, spearheaded by…

Police officer foils avocado heist in central Israel

Israeli police officials have announced that they arrested a suspect last Saturday who was trying to steal 680 kilograms of avocados from a kibbutz in the center of the…

Vietnam

First exports cleared at Kim Thanh border on New Year’s Day

Some 138 tons of dragon fruit underwent Customs clearance at the Kim Thanh border gate in the northern province of Lao Cai on January 1st, 2021. Officials at Kim Thanh border…

AMIA - Crop Forecasts

Australian mangoes hit Christmas peak as many regions begin winding down crop harvests

The Australian mango industry experienced its December peak in the week leading into Christmas. National crop forecast figures, released by the Australian Mango Industry Association's (AMIA) weekly My Mango newsletter, showed that 412,000 (7 kilogram) trays were sent to market in the week ending December…

Flowering cycle hurt by long monsoon

Maharashtra: Alphonso mangoes may hit markets 45 days late

Mango lovers will have to wait till mid-April to relish the highly prized Alphonso variety, as unusual weather patterns have impacted its flowering cycle in the key producing…

Cambodia: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries shares 2020 export data

In 2020, Cambodia exported $4.037 billion in agricultural products, according to data from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The exports included rice,…

South African avocados still encounter ‘insatiable demand’

An enduring, strong demand for avocados is expected to keep prices stable during 2021 as global players start entering the Asian market. While in the past, demand for avocados…

In 2020, at more than EUR 1 billion, avocados were the top Dutch import product, by value

In 2020, in fruit and vegetables, avocados were the top Dutch import product. With an import value of no less than €1.1 billion, avocados represented 12% of the total Dutch imports of fresh fruit and vegetables. Those amounted to €9 billion in 2020. Ten years ago, avocados just made the top ten. It was…

Pedro Sitjar, director of Cultivar:

"We are seeing the greatest development in sales of 'ready to eat' mangoes shipped by sea"

Despite the fact that, in general, the importation and marketing of exotic fruits has been affected by the consequences of the pandemic, the mid and long-term growth prospects are very encouraging. Interesting changes are being observed in consumer trends, such as the growth and consolidation of the…

Chinese businesses overshadow Malaysians in trademarking term ‘Musang King’

Chinese businesses have beaten the Malaysians in trademarking the term ‘Musang King’, with nearly 200 companies using the name in their products. This was discovered after…

Cambodian mango exports total $470 million

From January to mid-December 2020, Cambodia has exported approximately 945,274 tons of fresh mangoes to foreign markets, with an estimated total value of some $473,207,000.…

Maharashtra, India

Kesar mango to be branded as Maha Kesar

Maharashtra Kesar mango cultivating farmers have joined efforts to brand the fruit as Maha Kesar after the successful branding of Happus (Alphonso). The Kesar mango is…

Guatemala's mango production increases by 10% a year

In an interview, agronomist Eddy Martinez -the Founding Partner and current General Manager in Guatemala of the Distribuidora de Frutas Tropicales SA (DFT), Agroindustrias del Tropico SA (AGROTROPIC), and Fresh and Frozen Foods SA (frozen products) companies, and current president of the Research and…

Milton Calle of Exotic Producers and Packers:

“Drought has caused the Peruvian mangoes to be small this year”

The Peruvian mango season started mid-November, but, due to a sustained drought, the mangoes that are currently being harvested have small sizes, which is putting pressure on the markets. “There were about 40 to 45 days where the trees did not get enough water, and all the growers were very worried about…

Global durian fruit market to hit $28.6 billion by 2025

In a recent report from Million Insights, the global durian fruit industry report provided a detailed evaluation of the industry by highlighting information on different aspects which include drivers, restraints, growth opportunities, and threats. This information can help stakeholders to make…

Piñata Farms

Favourable weather and season expansion points to a strong end to 2020

Despite the challenges brought by COVID-19, it has been a year of growth and recovery for major Australian fruit producer Piñata Farms. The Queensland-based company has added raspberries to its produce list in recent seasons, meaning it is a busy end to the year, according to Managing Director Gavin…

South African mango season starts early with big volumes, lower prices

The South African mango harvest is in full swing, and the increases in volumes on the market have led to pressure on prices. According to Johann du Preez, operational manager…

Sparacino Farms - Reemoon Fruit Sorting Machine

"This system was as good or better than anyone else's and the price is much better"

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies in 2020, but one Australian avocado and citrus producer has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine over a video call. Sparacino Farms, on the New South Wales Central Coast, this year set up the Reemoon technology systems in the company's…

Chinese imports of Chilean avocados fall

According to official data from China Customs, the country imported 18,900 tons of avocado during the first nine months of this year, i.e. 23.8% less than in the same period…

Cambodian exporters ready to ship fresh mangoes to China in early 2021

Cambodian Keo Romiet mangoes are still on target to be exported to the Chinese market starting early next year, after China signed an agreement in June that set up a…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 18-012-2020)

Week 51 avocado shipments from Israel to Europe at 383,000 units total

Week 51 avocado shipments from Israel to Europe amounted to 270,000 cartons of Greenskin avocados and 113,000 units of Hass avocados, totalling 383,000 units. That week's avocado shipments from Spain to the rest Europe: 165,000 cartons of Greenskin avocados, 352,000 units of Hass avocados, totalling 517,000…

Mango consumption pushes up in 2020

Mangoes have seen a strong year in consumer demand. “We don’t have all of the numbers yet, but we have seen an increase in per capita consumption,” says Manuel Michel with the Orlando, FL-based National Mango Board. “Normally we have an increase of three to four percent in mango consumption per year.…

EU supports Zanzibar small farmers to boost horticulture

Project Monitoring and Research Manager Ally Mbarouk stated that more than 20,000 Zanzibar smallholder farmers engaged in horticulture are set to benefit from a project to…

Ad Verkerk, MBF (Meadowbrook Farms) Savannah, the Netherlands

"It's a choice - a cheap, poor taste experience or pay slightly more for delicious mangos"

"It's up and down," is how Ad Verkerk, MBF (Meadowbrook Farms) Savannah describes Dutch fruit and vegetable trading of late. "There's  currently little control. Many people in the trade sector are waiting to see what will happen. Nevertheless, I expect good sales in the coming weeks. Consumers want to serve…

Pineapple movement surprisingly slower than normal

Pineapples are seeing unusual movement for the holiday season. “Christmas is an interesting time because this is usually when pineapples are in a very good position market-wise. But 2020 has been a weird year for some commodities and we feel the market is a bit oversupplied. The movement is just not…

Average crop of California avocados anticipated for 2021

Looking ahead to 2021, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) is predicting a slightly smaller California crop. Photo: California Avocado Commission The Commission notes that its preliminary handler forecast for CAC’s fiscal year 2020-21, which runs from November through October, is for 317 million…

Peru's mango seeks to diversify its markets

In an interview, Cesar Morocho Marchan, a member of the NMB Council and current president of the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters, spoke about the work carried out by the National Mango Board, a fundamental entity established to promote the consumption of mangoes in the United…

Tropical crops achieve the highest turnover in Malaga in 2020

The 2020 agricultural balance sheet for the province of Malaga, carried out by Asaja, reveals that the turnover of the agricultural sector has totaled 568.5 million Euro. This…

Glenn Peñaranda, commercial counselor with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Beijing:

"Chinese new middle-class is ‘a promising market’ for goods from the Philippines"

At the moment, China sports a 400-million strong middle-class, and this group is regarded as a promising export market and the “next biggest opportunity” just waiting to be…

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors questions the viability of the export protocol for Peru

"The protocols for exporting citrus or kakis from Spain to third countries are very tough"

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors has denounced that the protocols for the export of citrus fruits or kakis from Spain to third countries are very tough. They make it very difficult to enter new markets and the cost of their administrative management entails a great economic effort for the sector due to the strict…

Jose Antonio Gomez Bazan, Managing Director of Camposol International:

"Avocado consumption in the US market could grow by 50% in a decade"

Jose Antonio Gomez Bazan, the Managing Director of Camposol International, said that avocado consumption in the United States, a market that imports more than 80% of the avocado it consumes, was expected to reach 1,800,000 tons in 2030, i.e. 50% more than the 1,200,000 tons it currently consumes.…

Colombia and the United Kingdom agree to continue their current commercial relationship

Colombia and the United Kingdom have agreed to give continuity to their current commercial relationship, in force since 2013, as the internal procedures for the implementation…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"The price of small sizes of oranges is now also pulling up"

"Towards the holidays, there are always fewer trucks available, which results in expensive transport. This means that everyone does not act too crazy and not much more is ordered than necessary. Everyone is alert and makes sure that they keep up to date with their trade," notes Erik-Jan Thur of Marni…

Official mango export to China slated for January or February next year

Cambodian mango exports to Chinese market start to blossom

Cambodian growers and exporters are waiting for officers from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) to conduct their evaluation of…

Northern Territory: Mango harvest labor shortage creates opportunities for Congolese refugees

In Australia’s Northern Territory, the labor shortages on the mango orchards has given some Congolese refugees their first job opportunity. Bachunge Furaha fled civil unrest…

Ugandan government to invest in Greater Masaka fruit factory

The Ugandan government, through the National Agriculture Advisory Services and UDC, is working on establishing a fruit processing facility in the Greater Masaka sub region.…

Papaya market is seeing steady year in terms of pricing

Supplies of papaya from Guatemala are steady right now. “Supplies are good, but it’s been a challenging year with COVID-19,” says Sam Skogstad of WYCO Produce Inc. based in Tampa, FL. “But supplies are now looking steady through to the end of the year and to the first quarter of next year.” This hasn’t always…

"Northern Australia has untapped potential for growth in existing and new industries"

The new facility that could open up Darwin's fresh produce export potential

A successful seafreight shipment of mangoes out of Darwin could be the start of an exciting new opportunity for Northern Australia, according to one of the country's leading handling companies. Pak Fresh Handling says they were successful in their first ocean shipment in getting NT R2E2 Mangoes on the…

More Tanzanian products to be exported to Qatar

Following a great demand for coffee beans, cashews, spices, honey, meats, vegetables, avocadoes, mangoes, and other fruits from Tanzania, the East African country is expecting…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 11-12-2020)

Chilean shipments to the EU at 1,338,000 4-kg cartons in Week 50

In week 50 of this year, the Hass supply to the EU was dominated by Chilean shipments, shipping out 1,338,000 4-kg cartons. Israel provided 246,000 units of Greenskin avocados and 223,000 units of Hass avocados, totalling 469,000 units. The corresponding numbers for Mexican exports stand at 242,000 cartons…

US sees higher mango volumes from Brazil and Ecuador this year

Supplies of mangoes continue to look steady. Erik Carrillo of Las Vegas, NV-based Terra Exports says volume out of Ecuador is coming off a recent peak and the season is projected to end in week 53 with largely Tommy Atkins variety but also some Kents and a small volume of Ataulfos. Some arrivals of…

2020/21 Crop Forecast

Australian mango crop predictions

Australian Mangoes has released its comprehensive crop forecast for 2020/21. Click here to view the pdf Or go to industry.mangoes.net.au

Mario de Goede, Dutoit Europe:

"Pineapple market slowly improving after Black Friday-like offers"

December had been dismal, so far, on the pineapple market. But it's slowly picking up again. "It isn't really different from other years. November is always a bit slower. But, this year's dips were very low. There were even Black Friday offers where pineapples were going for €4,50," says Mario de Goede…

Peru will open its market to Spanish mandarins, oranges, and persimmons

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru (Minagri) has approved the phytosanitary requirements needed to start importing fresh mandarin (Citrus reticulata), orange…

Mission strives to be the industry standard in service and product excellence

Avocado ripening requires skilled experts

Mission Produce, Inc. addresses the niche market need for sophisticated avocado ripening. "Experts in all things avocados, Mission Produce’s ripening program is led by experienced specialists at state-of-the-art ripening centers that focus solely on avocados," a release from the company says. A sensitive…

Pakistan mango exports fetching $104 million in 2019-20

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan’s mango exports increased 33 percent, reaching $104 million in 2019-20 from $78 million in the last…

International Trade Centre enhances Rwandan avocado exports

Under the umbrella of the East African Community (EAC) European Union (EU) – Market Access Upgrade Programme (also known as MARKUP), the International Trade Centre convened a…

California Avocado Commission announces board officers and marketing committee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture seated newly elected California Avocado Commission board members at the Commission’s November 19, 2020 board meeting. The Board also elected CAC’s executive officers Rob Grether, chairman; Ryan Rochefort, vice-chairman; Jason Cole, treasurer and Jessica…

Winter rains also endanger Maharashtra grape, pomegranate, mango and tomato crops

Unseasonal rains trouble Nashik grape farmers

Untimely rain in parts of Maharashtra are posing a threat to grape cultivation in Nashik. The state’s growers fear that the quality of grapes will be affected due to rains,…

Pakistan to set up Mango Development Council

The Pakistan government has agreed to explore the establishment of a Mango Development Council. This industry body will have representation from all stakeholders, including…

Agri-food cooperation strengthened between Morocco and Ivory Coast

According to the Moroccan Ambassador in Abidjan, Abdelmalek Kettani, Morocco is set to strengthen its trade in the agri-food sector with the nation of Ivory Coast. "Morocco…

$30 mln injection into Gisborne region of New Zealand

Exclusive investment in SunGold kiwifruit orchards

An extra $50 million to $100 million of investment is set to enter the kiwifruit industry, and Gisborne is earmarked for about a third of that. The private equity fund,…

Avocados set the PASE for export opportunity

A $109,176 Australian Government investment is helping to streamline avocado industry export processes and assist growers with Japanese and New Zealand market access.…

Spanish tropical fruit growers see more water cuts in Andalucia

Andalucian growers of tropical fruits like as avocados and mangos have seen their water cut by 23% as drought conditions in the La Vinuela reservoir worsen.  Despite recent rainfall…

Strawberries, dragon fruit and figs

Punjab: Successes of progressive farmers

Farmers in Punjab’s Malwa region have taken a lead by adopting innovative cultivation methods to grow exotic crops like dragon fruit, figs, strawberries and bell peppers. In…

Henk van der Meij, Hars&Hagebauer:

"Different cards dealt at start of Peruvian mango season"

The Peruvian mango season is about to begin. "Next week we will receive the first Kent mangos in Europe," says Henk van der Meij of Hars & Hagebauer. According to the importer, the season is in no way comparable to the bizarre 2019/2020 season. "Last season was dominated by an abundant harvest and a…

Produce from Brazil and Argentina available on the Italian winter market

In a peculiar year such as 2020, it is essential to keep working and reach Christmas trying to find some sort of "new normal": "The passion that generally pushes the import of some product has died down. We do not want what we have created in over 40 years, and especially during the last 15 years, to be…

Mexican avocado production more than doubles in 10 years

The Mexican Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development releases an annual Atlas of Panorama Agroalimentaria. This report contains all the country's agricultural and food sector production and export figures for the previous year. The 2019 edition of this voluminous, colorful book shows a further…

COAG

"Up to 50% of the avocado production of the Granada Coast could be affected"

The storm that hit the Costa Tropical de Granada over the weekend with winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour has mainly affected the region's avocado production. According to…

Colombia Avocado Board will promote demand for Hass avocado in the US

Colombian Hass avocado exports registered a notable increase between January and September 2020. In that period, shipments totaled 50,999 tons and 95 million dollars, i.e. 43%…

Simon George and Sons

"Pineapples are priced well compared to other summer fruits so they're still a favourite"

Australian wholesale company Simon George and Sons is gearing up for a busy pineapple season, despite yields being slightly down due to the effects of drought in the past few years. Larry Griffin, General Manager Townsville, says the business is currently in peak supply from North Queensland and he…

Brazil develops its first-ever organic mango farming system

Brazil has its first-ever organic mango farming system. Research had been underway for over 10 years at the Mandioca e Fruticultura (Cassava and Fruit Culture) unit of the…

Kakis are not just for eating, they can also be drunk

Los Cervecéuticos, a company based in the Spanish municipality of Xàtiva and specialized in so-called signature beers, has just launched a new beer in tribute to one of the…

Malaysia: High court delays decision on Durian farms

A group of more than 200 durian farmers in Pahang, who are part of an ongoing legal dispute against a private corporation looking to take over their farms, won yet another…

'80-Acre avocado farm in Tsavo Park sparks outrage'

Photographs have emerged of a massive land clearing in Kenya in preparation for the establishment of a commercial avocado farm right inside the wildlife corridor connecting Amboseli National Park and the Chyulu Hills/Tsavo ecosystem. This has sparked a nationwide uproar with experts detailing that the…

After successful test phase:

Migros now uses laser technology throughout Switzerland

In Aclens, in the Canton of Vaud, the Satori company will engrave the Migros organic logo into the peels of mangoes. After a test phase, this laser technology will be used nationwide. This will eliminate the need for millions of plastic labels. As far as the engraved organic mangoes -that will be on…

Growing market presence for Granada's subtropical crops

The province of Granada's most exotic products, grown in its Costa Tropical, are reaching more and more consumers. In addition to avocados and mangoes, other tropical species…

The Netherlands remains its top export market

Chilean avocado exports down by almost a half in January-September 2020

In Chile, farmers have planted many avocado varieties. These are mostly destined for the domestic market. However, Hass avocados now grow on almost 90% of the total 30.143 ha area. Chileans consume about 30% of the avocadoes grown in that country. The harvest is estimated at 220.000 tons. And 145.000…

95% of Peruvian products exported to the United Kingdom will enter tax-free

Yesterday, during her presentation in Congress to obtain the vote of confidence, the president of the Council of Ministers, Violeta Bermudez, announced that the country had…


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