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Guangzhou successfully exports fresh persimmon to Canada for the first time

A shipment of fresh persimmon recently left the Gaoming District in Foshan City, Guandong. After a long journey, the persimmon will arrive on the other side of the Pacific…

Launch in Spain of a powerful kaki promotional campaign

Throughout the month of November, a national kaki promotional campaign will be carried out by both Anecoop and the Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin kaki Ribera del Xúquer. Kakis have a great potential, but the fruit is still unknown by many consumers. The main objective of the…

Average persimmon prices in Italy

Mauro Battistini from Orogel Fresco reports that the persimmon market is now calmer after a lively start. "The commercialization of Loto di Romagna is coming to an end. Quality is high when it comes to produce from Faenza (Ravenna), while it is dropping slightly in Romagna, due to defects. Overall,…

The different ways retailers educate consumers on avocado ripeness

There’s more than one way to make sure your customers know you have ripe avocados. Some retailers use ripe-and-ready stickers or point-of-sale material, and others simply…

Philippine growers will highlight coconut products at German 2020 BioFach fair

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) has confirmed that food manufacturers from the Philippines will head to…

Australian Lady Jane mangoes to hit stores next week

Australian produce company, Nutrano Produce Group is excited about the release of its new Lady Jane mangoes instore next week. “Our farm team have been monitoring the Lady Jane mangoes closely, testing brix, dry matter and blush colour to determine the ideal time to harvest,” says George Haggar, CEO of…

Lychees and Peruvian figs supplement current exotic offer

"Early season start for Peruvian air-freighted mangoes, considerable shortages of avocados"

When the temperatures in Germany are dropping, traditionally the selection of fruit exotics will increase. "Last week, the first Peruvian air-freighted mangoes arrived this year, a good two weeks earlier than last year, and the smaller calibers - 12 and 14 - are currently shaping the action, but from next…

California Maria fire affected small percentage of avocado trees

Though assessments are early, it seems as though approximately only 100 acres of avocados were affected following the recent round of California wildfires. “It’s not as bad as we thought,” says Ken Melban of the California Avocado Commission based in Irvine, Ca. “If you’re a grower who was hit, then it’s…

Trying to lose weight? Add papayas to your diet.

No matter how hard we try, most of us are constantly on the search for an easy weight loss diet plan. While there is no magic ingredient which can get rid of the excess fat in a jiffy, there are some readily available fruits and vegetables. In India, one common piece of advice is to include papayas in…

India relaxed import regulations for avocado, blueberries and Chilean nuts

India has relaxed the import regulations for avocados, blueberries and Chilean nuts, also eliminating the requirement to be treated with methyl bromide. The measure means that…

J. Carlos Martínez, of The Natural Hand: “Sometimes it is better to stop selling until prices recover”

With a kaki harvest like this, the opening of new markets is clearly necessary

In a year like this, with such an abundant kaki production, it becomes clearer that Spanish exporters need to find as many new markets as possible for this product. “Half of the markets are still closed for kakis, a fruit that can easily be shipped to faraway destinations. If all markets were open, there…

Avocados from Mexico to launch its first TV and print ad campaign in Ontario

"Anytime is Avotime!"

Avocados From Mexico is launching its very first television and print advertising campaign in Ontario this month. Developed by Sopexa Canada, the integrated multi-channel program is built around the campaign signature: “Anytime is Avotime!”, with the goal to inspire Canadians to explore the many ways of eating avocados,…

Dominican Republic's tropical avocados expected to have strong 2020 season

WP Produce, a family-owned, grower-packer-shipper of Desbry® tropical produce has announced a strong start to their high season for tropical avocados from the Dominican Republic. Available year-round, the fruit’s high season runs from mid-October through mid-May, with additional supply from Florida…

Cuba's Industrial Ceballos UEB has two new industrial lines for pineapple

The Industrial Ceballos UEB (base business unit) has two new processing lines, one for processing pineapples and the other to package the productions in the Doy pack format,…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Sky-high mandarin prices, kaki market very depressed"

The lower supply of Spanish mandarins is evident on the market. "It is actually one of the few positive products on the current import market," states Jan Thur of the Dutch company, Marni Fruit. "Mandarin prices are between €12 and €15. This is truly exceptional. We have not experienced anything like…

Shelf-life extension of 21 percent

Package with avocados in different ripening stages launched

Happy Chameleon® Daily ’Dos™ from Robinson Fresh® are the latest innovation on the avocado market. It’s a package with four, 70 count avocados in different stages of ripening. “The idea is for consumers to use it throughout the week and have an avocado at ideal ripeness available when they need it,” says…

"The first Australian mangoes of this season arrived by plane in Shanghai on the 7th of November"

"Plans to export Australian mangoes to China not yet affected by bushfires"

The cool and dry weather at the beginning of the year affected the growth of Australian mangoes. The mangoes therefore entered the market a bit later than in previous years. Australian mangoes are very popular in the global market. Ms. Sunny of One Fruit recently talked about mango exports from Australia…

The US revives Peruvian pineapple exports

According to a report by the commercial intelligence agency Fresh Fruit, Peruvian pineapple exports fell by 24% in value - despite growing 8% in volume - during the first nine months of 2019  compared to the same period of 2018. According to this source, in that period pineapple shipments abroad reached a…

South Africa: New and sweeter dragon fruit cultivars

Dragon fruit’s peculiar appearance and exotic name are enough to make anyone take a second look. But beyond novelty appeal, the fruit holds considerable promise for South…

Malaysia: 770 hectares under pineapple in inter-cropping project

A total of 770 hectares of land have been planted with pineapples since the 2016 implementation of the integrated pineapple project. In this project: pineapple is inter-cropped with oil palm and rubber. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Sim Tze Tzin said in 53 per cent of the…

New Zealand fruit & vegetable prices falling

Avocado prices lowest in almost three years

In New Zealand, the price of avocados has dropped to its lowest in almost three years, and the price of other fruit and veg is also falling. Stats New Zealand says avocado…

Fresh mangoes from Malawi arrive on Indian markets this winter

Malawi mangoes, grown in that country by a European-African firm -Malawi Mangoes Ltd-, are being marketed as “99 percent similar” to the Ratnagiri Hapus. On Tuesday,…

New South Wales avocado farmer fears fire could ruin crop

An avocado farmer on the NSW mid-north coast is "well prepared" if a bushfire races towards his land. Still, he is worried, because if his 6000 trees go up in flames, it would take years to recover, as it takes five years between planting and establishing a commercial crop. An out-of-control fire at…

Organic avocado pricing becoming more accessible to consumers

Supplies of organic avocados from Mexico look strong. “We are in a position right now to carry us through to the Superbowl,” says Maria Elena Alvarez of A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. “We have good volume on the strong sizes--48s and 60s. We should be in a good position to push those 48s and…

Minimal impact to farms from bushfire emergency but growers still on alert as threat continues

Two of Australia’s leading fruit and vegetable peak industry bodies have conveyed their thoughts to those affected by the bushfire emergency on Australia’s east coast. Blazes continue to burn in several regions across Queensland and New South Wales, with residential homes and farming properties caught up…

2019 Total EU avocado supply (update 08 Nov 2019)

Greenskin exports from Israel at approximately 208,000 cartons

Greenskin exports from Israel to Europe are at approximately 208,000 4-kg cartons, while that country hardly supplied any Hass (18,000 cartons) avocados in the same week. These numbers climbed to 260,000 and 120,000 last week. Click here for a larger image. Mexico, on the other hand, is at 329,000…

Asian paddy farmers urged to opt for crop diversification

Crop diversification is increasingly being talked about as a strategy to help paddy farmers to not depend only on rice planting for income, apart from helping to improve the…

This season marks a big contrast between South American mango growing countries

Large size fruit from BrazilBrazil has had an excellent mango season this year. “Right now, we are still receiving mangos from Brazil and we will keep it pumping as long as we can,” says Greg Golden with Amazon Produce Network. “Our company has been concentrating on selling fruit that’s both large in…

Guatemala to use Dominican ports in US$2.0 billion joint venture

According to Ambassador Rudy Coxaj, the Dominican Republic will be the hub for products from Guatemala bound to Europe. The diplomat said local ports will be used for perishables that go to Europe, in which 100 tons of air cargo and 24 containers of sea cargo will mobilize 18 varieties of fruits and…

Australia: Bushfire hits Queensland pineapple farm

A Queensland pineapple farm has been devastated by a bushfire just a few years after Cyclone Marcia tore through the property. Only two weeks out from harvest, the Brooks…

Philippines wants to expand agri export to US

The country continues to push for access for the country’s agricultural products to the United States, which remains the biggest market for food and agriculture. Agricultural…

"We will organize a press conference on November 9th, 2019"

"We are about to sell the first Panama pineapples in China"

This year Panama obtained permission for the first time to export pineapples to the Chinese market. The first shipping containers filled with pineapples set out from Panama last month and made their way to China. The shipping containers arrived in their Chinese destination port this month. Wei Yuyou of…

Peru plans to export more than 200,000 tons of mango in 2019-2020 campaign

The National Chief of Senasa, MV Miguel Quevedo, stated at the inauguration of the XVIII International Peruvian Mango Congress that, in the current export campaign, the country would surpass the 183,876 tons it exported during the 2018-2019 campaign. “We are working together with producers to strengthen…

Mango import program from Australia expands

The interest in specialty varieties of fruit continues to grow as one company expands its program of importing Australian mangoes. Los Angeles, Ca.-based Giumarra, who has been importing mangoes grown in the Northern Territory/Queensland region of Australia for five years, has added a fourth variety to…

Paul Devlin - Halls

"It is everyone’s responsibility to accurately show how many hectares have been planted and where to forecast the future volumes"

2018 was a challenging season for avocado growers and importers but according to Paul Devlin from Halls, it also played its part in setting up a very strong 2019 season. "The imported volumes into Europe during the summer of 2018 (350,000t when we add Peru, South and East Africa together) really stretched…

Alcampo Spain develops 100% local assortment of Canary tropical fruits

Auchan Retail Spain, which has 369 stores counting hypermarkets, supermarkets and proximity formats, has taken another step in the development of its Alcampo Controlled…

Rising consumer demand pushes yumberry market

Yumberry is a commercial name for the yangmei fruit, which is native to China and Japan. The yumberry is known by the scientific name myrica rubra. It has various names according to the regions in which they are grown such as yamamomo or Japanese bayberry in Japan and red bayberry and waxberry in the…

Darwin - Australia

Mega mango found in Northern Territory

A Northern Territory mango grower has uncovered a massive mango, weighing 1.5 kilograms. Stephen Jenkins, of Jenko's Mangoes in Noonamah, said his wife found the gigantic summer favourite when she was sorting fruit. "She noticed how big it was, and put it aside," he told 9News. "I think a lot of people…

“Mexican avocado prices are high in Europe because of import requirements”

While avocados are produced year-round in Mexico, the country’s high season began in October and lasts through mid-March. The avocado consumption in Europe has been on the rise the past few years, and while attending Fruit Attraction in Madrid, Juan Escorcia from Jalisco-based avocado packing company…

Bangladesh fruit production is booming

Bangladesh has achieved a remarkable growth in fruit production in past few years. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of United Nations, the fruit production…

Philippines farm output rises in Q3, but farmer profits drop

Agricultural production in the Philippines grew in the third quarter to log the fastest in two years, but this failed to lift farmer incomes. Farm output rose by 2.87 percent, reversing a 0.87 percent contraction in July-September 2018 amid greater produce for crops, livestock, poultry, and fisheries,…

IQF avocado brings new business opportunities

The fresh avocado market comes with limits. Whether it’s a limited supply compared to a growing demand or the short shelf life leading to significant food waste, the sector…

Dominican Republic

Supplies steady again for coconuts following summer shortage

After a challenging summer with coconut supplies, volume seems to have steadied out again. “Supplies of coconuts are much better now. There was a drought over the summer and coconuts were in very short supply until late September,” says Alan Goldberg of A&B Tropical Produce in Miami, Florida. He notes…

Hawaii Islands - US

Mahi Pono’s papaya crop planted on Maui

Mahi Pono has planted its first papaya crop in its efforts towards the company’s goal of “Growing Maui’s Food Future.” The crop is located about a 400 m away from the company’s first row crop planting of potatoes which went in the ground on 16 ha in August. In addition to potatoes and papayas, the…

Potential for kiwifruit exports from New Zealand in US

According to a Rabobank expert, the US could be a growth market for New Zealand kiwifruit exporters. However, consumers will need ‘educating’ and value-added products will be…

Alterra to become avocado expert

ASX-listed agricultural asset development management firm, Alterra, has entered into some potentially lucrative agreements that secure exclusive rights to access quantitative avocado data from…

Papayas to be grown in Iceland

The company Paradise Farms and Ölfus municipality (southwest Iceland) have decided to sign a letter of intent involving the leasing of 50 hectares of land for organic food production, mainly in large…

Frederik Musiol, Dieter Fuhrmann Fruit & Vegetable Wholesale LLC:

"Gastronomers have great demand for ready-to-eat avocados"

The avocado market is booming worldwide: Even in Germany, the healthy exotic is still in the fast lane, despite the criticism regarding its environmental impact. Avocados are also indispensable in gastronomy, says Frederik Musiol of the Berlin-based Dieter Fuhrmann Obst & Gemüse Großhandels LLC. "Avocados…

Peruvian grape, blueberry and mango exports all set to increase

Table grapes, blueberries and mango will grow in volume 15%, 25% and 29%, respectively, this year. With about 100,000 tons, between this year and next Peru would become the first global supplier of the berry, displacing Chile. The three fruits are in the top 'five' of the Peruvian exporting fruit basket:…

Sicily grows more and more tropical fruit

New consumption trends and a growing demand for exotic fruit are changing global agriculture, which is increasingly committed to meeting the demands of a globalized market. Some areas of Sicily are suitable to grow products that were once only cultivated far away from Europe.  Mangoes, avocados, limes, finger limes,…

Avocado a day keeps the doctor away?

Avocado is becoming a hot favourite and must-have in the kitchen for every health (and social media) enthusiast. Avocados can help you lose weight by making you feel full for…

E-commerce drives success of Mexican avocados in China

China has been positioning itself as the next great destination for many categories of fresh produce. For Mexican avocados it has not been different. APEAM, the association of…

Kerala

Fertiliser shortage troubles Indian pineapple farmers

Heavy rain boosted demand for fertilizer in rice-growing areas in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A shortage of urea has left Kerala’s pineapple farmers in distress. Urea, along with potash, is the most needed input for pineapple, both for growth and for uniform flowering, says Joy Mathew, pineapple farmer. The…

Nigeria: Mango plantation set to employ 1000 workers in Benue

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will become a big employer in Benue state, with his mango plantation and fruit juice factory in Howe, Gwer East Local Government…

Avocado: Here's why they are so expensive

At this moment in time, avocados are certainly among the world's trendiest foods; the superfood is a mainstay for foodies everywhere. However, avocado prices have rocketed in…

‘Green’ development vs. Intensive pineapple production

Costa Rica’s green paradox

According to the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (CANAPEP), Costa Rica produces 2.9 tonnes of pineapple per hectare, even more than the Philippines (2.5t/h) and Thailand…

Study shows avocado consumption can help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes

At the current rate of progression, the Center for Disease Control predicts 50% of U.S. Hispanics will develop type 2 diabetes over their lifetime. In pursuit of insights to…

Michael Franks - Seeka

"For a New Zealand exporter sending more into Asia and developing new markets is important"

The New Zealand avocado harvest is well under way with good volumes. Fruit quality is good but there is an abundance of smaller sized fruit. The spring weather has been challenging with wind causing quite a bit of fruit drop and interrupting harvests. Seeka has deliberately advanced picking. Normally it…

Good moment for Italian persimmons

With 6500 tons of persimmons processed, Agrintesa is the leading producer in Italy. Director Cristian Moretti analyzes the production and commercialization. Persimmons during the sorting stage at Agrintesa "The harvesting of Kaki Tipo persimmons is coming to an end and 60% of Rojo Brillante has been…

Lemons and avocados

Southern California blaze threatens orchards

A fast-moving scrub fire threatened orchards, oil fields and homes while displacing thousands of residents in Southern California last Friday. The only good news was that diminishing winds helped fire crews tame a rash of wildfires elsewhere across the state. The latest in a spate of conflagrations…

Industry and Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya

Officials clash on Chinese avocado export quality rules

Amid reports indicating that only one in over 100 firms had met the requirements, Kenyan officials are yet to take a common stand on the quality standards set by China for avocado exports. Whereas Industry and Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said negotiations were on with China to reverse the…

Jan DeLyser on the 2020 California avocado crop

“We had the perfect weather conditions this year”

An intense heat wave in July of 2018 took a steep toll on 2019 California avocado volumes and left production numbers at approximately 200 million pounds this year. The good news is that the 2020 crop is already on the trees and is looking really good. “According to early estimates, 2020 production will…

Avocado exports by country

Avocados exports by country worldwide totaled some US$5.6 billion in 2018. That dollar value reflects an 83.9% increase for all avocados shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014. Year over…

Colombian avocado exports up 37.6%

According to ProColombia, Colombia’s export promotion agency, and DANE, the national statistics agency, in the first half of 2019, Colombia’s avocado exports are up 37.6%…

FreshPlaza Avocado Special

FreshPlaza will be focusing on all things avocado in our November special. There are many ups and downs in the avocado markets. World production is set to see huge increases both from traditional producing countries and emerging producers who want a piece of the action. Will we be able to grow consumption fast enough to cope…

Kaki production in Italy: analysis and advice from a technician

"This year's abundant Spanish production scares Italian producers. Despite the fact that Italy has started out great, in the coming weeks the danger from huge quantities of Spanish kakis that will invade the national markets will recur. In this first commercialization period, our producers don't seem to…

"Mangoes from South East Asia not a threat to Chinese mangoes"

This year's mango marketing season is coming to an end after nearly four months of hot sales. Production areas in Sichuan are seeing increased production this season, and prices are about 20% higher than in previous years. Yang, Manager of Panzhihua City Tianyuan Fruits Cooperative talked about this…

Farmex

Kamab 26-S, a solution for the production of mangoes with export quality

Peruvian company Farmex has launched the Kamab 26-S, a new product to improve fruit quality and production yields in mango cultivation for export. The company's research has…

Piura kicks off the 2019/2020 Peruvian mango export campaign

Peru's National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) certified the first shipments of mangoes to various international markets, thus marking the beginning of the country's…

"Cilang persimmons continue to improve position in the Chinese market"

"We are taking advantage of positive market feedback and excellent development opportunities to expand our original plantation. Our Lurra persimmon plantation currently covers a surface area of around 1 thousand hectares with an estimated annual production volume of 20 thousand tons. Our persimmon…

Drought in some Veracruz areas, Mexico, affects growers

“Our pineapple volumes are down 50% this year, and prices fluctuate greatly”

Veracruz is the main pineapple growing region in Mexico, and this year’s drought has heavily impacted the yield. La Minita Fresh is an import company located in Texas who work with independent growers in the Veracruz region. Gustavo Dominguez, sales assistant manager at the company, says: “Our company…

Vietnamese durian trademark promoted in Australia

A royal antique car decorated with durian fruit and a banner that read “Vietnamese Durian” travelled around the centre of Sydney on October 29 as part of a campaign to promote the fruit in Australia. This is the first time a typical fruit of Vietnam has been introduced to Australian consumers in the form…

Shanghai: Pineapples for China International Import Expo arrive through 'green channel'

Indonesian pineapples entered Shanghai for the upcoming second China International Import Expo (CIIE), though they have not yet been passing Chinese import quarantine. This…

Cross-border e-commerce provides new platform for China-Thailand trade

Cross-border e-commerce has gotten the attention of millions of Chinese consumers, who are now indeed very interested in Thailand's fresh durians. The "Monthong"  (literally "golden…

Whangarei nursery became a global leader

New Zealand: Northland avocado nursery leads the way

A multi-million-dollar Northland nursery is this season selling $6.8 million of new young avocado plants as the fruit's $144m New Zealand industry booms. Maunu's Lynwood…

The world’s best drink cooler may come from pineapple scraps

Engineers in Singapore and Vietnam decided to turn the hundreds of millions of tons of pineapple waste that accrued in their nations into something useful, in this case…

Australian company spreading the Christmas cheer through fruit gifts

An Australian-based company providing fresh produce-based gift hampers, is already taking orders ahead of the Christmas rush. iGift® Fruit Hampers was created in 2014 with the vision to deliver high-quality, personalised fruit gift hampers to the Australian market. The company's biggest selling Christmas…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4Fruit Company:

"Kakis must compete with overseas mangoes"

Anecoop has taken over the Valencian cooperative, Coagri. Anecoop is also a Spanish cooperative. It now has about 23,000 more tons of Spanish kakis that it has to market. "We have plenty of kakis to sell this year," says Pieter de Ruiter of 4Fruit Company. This company is the exclusive distributor of…

Reviving the tamarillo’s fortunes in India

A tropical fruit, in India known locally as marathakkali, has acquired commercial value at Marayur, Kanthallur. Strangely enough, the egg-shaped dark pink fruit, though…

2019 Total EU avocado supply Update

Peruvian Greenskin export estimates about 40,000 boxes above expectations

In week 44, Greenskin and Hass avocados are still flowing into the EU at a ratio of about 1 to 6, with  Greenskins coming in at around 480,000 4-kg cartons. This week in 2019, the total avocado supply to the EU is almost equivalent to the 2018 volumes. Peruvian Greenskins export estimates were about 40,000…

Kenya - Meru County

Governor Kiraitu distributes free macadamia and avocado seedlings with eye on exports

Kenya’s Meru County government has asked farmers to take advantage of a free avocado and macadamia seedlings distribution programme. Governor Kiraitu Murungi said his administration has already handed out more than 200,000 seedlings since the beginning of the year. Murungi was speaking at Gankondi Mixed…

Australia: Bumper avocado crop means fruit is more affordable than ever

In parts of Australia, avocados are plenty cheap as a quick tour of the Adelaide Central Market yesterday showed plenty of the green gems can be had for $1 apiece. Nick Kotsanis, said his Hass avocados, from Waikerie in the Riverland, were at their peak: “Another two or three weeks and then we start to…

Scott Trimble with Felix Instruments

"We distance ourselves from NIR competitors"

With high tech devices steadily making their way into the commercial agricultural space, Felix Instruments - an ag-tech instrument developer - is showcasing its latest products. One of their major lines involves NIR - or near-infrared technology which is helping fruit growers and distributors to…

New Penn State research

One avocado a day helps lower 'bad' cholesterol

According to Penn State researchers, bad cholesterol can refer to both oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and small, dense LDL particles. In a randomized, controlled…

Cibolo - Texas

Truck spills and smashes thousands of avocados across US road

Thousands of avocados have spilled across a US road following a major crash between two truck and trailer units. Boxes of the produce were strewn across a highway in Texas after the two large trucks collided. One trailer that was carrying thousands of avocados tipped onto its side. The Cibolo Police…

Mangoes see overlap in supply

Mango supplies could be ample as countries overlap in supplying fruit. “Right now we’re bringing mangoes from Brazil and we’re also starting with Peru and Ecuador as well,” says Giorgio Ceciarelli of GC Imports based in Toronto, Canada. “Ecuador is overlapping. Usually Ecuador is earlier and this year they are a little bit late…

"Turkey could deliver tropical fruits in 3 days to Europe"

Gazipasa, Antalya and Samandag, Hatay are located at the same latitude as Malaga, Spain and they grow 27 varieties of tropical fruits. Following bananas and avocados, producers now grow mangoes. Producers expect the state to help them in exporting mangoes to European countries. Currently the price per…

But brand label needs to be developed

Vietnam: Bac Kan promotes seedless persimmon

Persimmon trees in Bac Kan are mainly found in the districts of Cho Don, Ba Be and Ngan Son. Ba Be has 200ha of seedless persimmons. Since 2015, the district has planted an…

Miami guy harvests a 55lb jack fruit

Andrew Carricarte from South Miami proudly displays the 55 lb jack fruit he harvested from his backyard garden last week. Source: communitynewspapers.com  

US and Taiwan sign guava export agreement

Last week, Taiwan and the US signed an operational work plan for delivering guavas to the US, while Taiwanese orchards supplying the fruit are required to be officially…

Only one Kenyan company makes the cut for China avocado sales

Months after Kenya signed a deal to export avocados to China, a shocking revelation has emerged showing that only 1 out of every 100 companies can actually export the products…

Restaurant owners reveal why they sell frozen, not fresh smashed avocado

Earlier this week, home cooks were delighted after a savvy mum revealed it was possible to freeze sliced avocados fresh out of their skin. The woman, who founded the Facebook page 'Slow Cooker Recipes & Tips' recently shared photos of her perfectly ripe avocado slices on a sheet of baking paper and…

Morrisons brings back its giant 1 kg avocados

Many customers will be rejoicing now that Morrisons has decided to bring back its 1kg version of the fruit. The supermarket is again selling its £2 Giant Torres avocados.…

Mexico’s drought-plagued South:

Growers turn to dragon fruit

Regular droughts in Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, make it hard for farmers to grow traditional staple crops. Many are turning to dragon fruit, as a revenue alternative. “Before, we used to…

Shipping pineapples to the U.S. east coast:

“The Dominican Republic has a logistical advantage over Costa Rica and Mexico”

The Dominican Republic’s location is optimal for exporting pineapples into the Eastern coast of the United States. Príamo Molina, the logistics and commercial operations manager at Asopropimopla, says: “The Dominican Republic has a logistical advantage. Our shipments could reach Miami in 2-3 days, and…

Pakistan mango exports are inadequately treated according to Iranians

Mango exports from Pakistan to the Iranian market did not really improve this year as Iran largely rejected the exporter’s hot water treatment standards. Sources said the…

Three men arrested for avocado robbery in Almayate, Spain

The Spanish National Police have made an arrest in the town of Almayate near Velez Malaga this morning after the attempted theft of 200 kilograms of avocados. The arrest was…

Balance of the 2018/19 Chilean export season

Chilean fruit exports to China increased by 16% in 2019

As reported by the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), during the 2018-2019 season (from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019) the country exported 2,724,646…

"First pineapples from Hainan, China, available soon"

Many places in China are beginning to get colder now that autumn has arrived, but the temperature in Hainan is still very high. In the next few months, there will be new products from Hainan coming onto the market, such as blood oranges, watermelons, and pineapples. Tiandiren, one of Hainan's large…

Consumption of exotic fruit is increasing

Exotic fruit is becoming increasingly popular both in retail and in the H&R sector and Due Erre import Export, operating at MAAP Padua, is one of the most specialized businesses. Davide and Renato Ferraresso discussed the market with FreshPlaza.  Davide Ferraresso "Things usually slow down in summer as consumers…

Taiwan's Council of Agriculture held lychee planting trial

New Australian "lychee super varieties" bring new flavours of the summer fruit

In Central Queensland, a world-first trial to grow Taiwanese lychee super varieties is underway. Some six varieties of "standout" Taiwanese lychee trees have been planted on a Yeppoon farm after a long journey from Taiwan, a year in quarantine in Melbourne, a flight to Brisbane and a road trip to…

Afghan farmers put their hopes in China for pomegranates exports

Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province and its neighboring states in the war-battered nation are famous for their flavorsome pomegranates and farmers are looking to…

Xavier Equihua on the global avocado demand and supply:

"High volumes of supply will help to grow the market"

This year was an off-year for avocado producers everywhere, meaning that the supplies were lower but prices were higher. Peru has been expanding their avocado production every year, and for the past 5 to 6 years, their season has been stretching longer too – though they still predominantly produce during…

European phytosanitary restrictions cause the loss of 60,000 tons of kakis in Valencia

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja) has warned that the lack of phytosanitary solutions for agricultural productions caused by the European restrictions on them has resulted in the loss of 60,000 tons of kakis in the province of Valencia alone. The organization has issued this…

Spanish Government maintains veto on entry of tropical fruit into Canary Islands

Following the complaints of the Canary fruit producing sectors against the modification of Ministry instruction 2/2019 (about the rules for the import, export and transit of vegetables and plant products), the Ministry of Agriculture has announced that the new phytosanitary regulations for the import of…

Wegmans announced as 2019 Mango Retailer of the Year

The National Mango Board (NMB) honored Wegmans as the 2019 Mango Retailer of the Year. The award winner was announced during the NMB’s Annual Mango Industry Reception on October 18, 2019 during PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Anaheim, CA. Present at the ceremony were award recipient Mary Zink,…

Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board wants to boost exports

The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) wants to see more Malaysians getting involved in pineapple cultivation, so the nation can take advantage of its huge export potential, especially coming from China. MPIB director-general Ruhaida Mashhor has stated the country’s production of the fruit crop…

After absorbing Coagri, Anecoop accounts for 50% of Spanish kaki production

The absorption of the Valencian cooperative Coagri by Anecoop will allow the entity to integrate, coordinate and market the production of 71 cooperatives and horticultural…

First Australian mangoes of the season reach US shores

Northern Territory mangoes have made the lengthy but successful journey from Katherine to Los Angeles, with the first Australian mangoes arriving on US shelves for the season. The Kensington Pride variety mangoes have been grown and exported from Katherine by Manbulloo to their US supermarket customers,…

Guyana free to export pineapples and peppers to Trinidad and Tobago

Following the removal of restrictions on pineapples and peppers, Guyana will soon be able to export these products to Trinidad and Tobago. Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

Over 3,000 hectares of pineapples lost to drought in Veracruz, Mexico

Humberto Lopez Rosales, president of the Bienestar Local Foundation in Isla, a municipality in the Mexican state of Veracruz, stated that at least one-third of the region's more than 10,000 hectares of pineapple were devastated by the drought and heat. There have been high temperatures for more than…

Avocados in Zimbabwe: Ideal for export

Given Zimbabwe’s favourable climatic conditions, avocados are being commercially grown in the Eastern Highlands. There currently exists scope to export to the rest of Africa, Europe and Asia. The horticultural sector undoubtedly offers quick-wins for Zimbabwean exporters as the country already enjoys…

However: political, scientific roadblocks remain

CRISPR avocados could withstand climate change

Last August, a team of scientists had announced it had mapped the DNA sequences of several types of avocados. This research will likely become the foundation for breeding…

Risks of Brexit for South Africa minimal, but not zero

As Brexit unfolds without a clear and predictable outcome, the question remains: What are the implications of various possible outcomes for South Africa and the region’s agriculture sector? Last weekend, the House of Commons was expected to vote on the Brexit deal from PM Johnson. However, the House of…

New plant inaugurated last Friday

Growers in Costa Rica will again export papaya to Spain and Canada

With the opening of the new fruit packing plant in El Jicote de Parrita, Víctor Carvajal, general manager of the Cooperativa de Productores de Frutas Tropicales y Servicios Múltiples (CoopeParrita Tropical RL), said: “With its commissioning we expect to go from 125,000 kilos of papaya to pack 200,000…

Total EU avocado supply – update

Israel exports 273,000 4k-cartons of Greenskin avos to Europe

In week 42, Israel exported 273,000 4k-cartons of Greenskin avocados to Europe. Any export of Hass avos from that country is only expected to come online around week 45.Click here for a larger image. The numbers for Peru - where Greenskin export to Europe has wound down completely -  are limited to only 53,000…

Grupo Eurobanan launches Tree Ripe Summum Select at Fruit Attraction 2019

Grupo Eurobanan will launch its new range of Tree Ripe Summum Select fruits at Fruit Attraction 2019 through its Isla Bonita brand, which specializes in tropical fruits. The new product range Isla Bonita Tree Ripe Summum Select will be presented during the next Fruit Attraction fair, which will take…

"Medium-sized fruit most popular in the Chinese market"

"Production of Chinese Fire Crystal persimmons returns to normal"

"The harvest season of Fire Crystal persimmons has already started. The official opening of the supply season was on 10 October. The supply of fresh persimmons is expected to last until the end of November. A small volume of Fire Crystals was harvested on 8 October, but only a tiny volume was already…

Kenya: Tana River traders selling unripe mangos face arrest

Kenyan farmers and traders harvesting and selling unripe mangos now risk being arrested for crop abuse. Speaking to the Nation, Tana River Crop Officer Ramadhan Mwangwero said…

Approx 400 mature avocado trees on 2.92ha

New Zealand: Horticulture opportunity in Katikati

There is a new horticultural opportunity available in Katikati in the Bay of Plenty region. A plot of 40.47 hectares is becoming available, as the vendors (who owned this property since 1993) are now looking to downsize their operations. Current operators within the kiwifruit and avocado sector, retiring…

Hundreds of containers stuck at the border in northern Lang Son Province

Dragon fruits stuck at Vietnam border as China tightens import

As of Saturday morning, about 500 containers, mostly dragon fruit were still waiting for their turn to be cleared by Chinese Customs. Meanwhile a nearly 5-kilometer queue formed at the Tan Thanh border gate. Nguyen Huu Vuong is deputy head of Lang Son Custom. He the Tan Thanh border gate specializes in…

Bihar's Shahi litchis are transplanted to South India

The Shahi litchi is now readying to get a new home in South India. What's even better, the litchi from the South will be available in winter. After training fruit growers in…

Smurfit Kappa partners with mango supply chain in US and Mexico

According to Smurfit Kappa - a packaging manufacturer - the challenge for mango producers in Mexico and the United States was to find a paper-based packaging solution that allowed more units to be packed and assembled while ensuring resistance, ventilation, pallet stability, food safety and brand…

Good quality for persimmons

"We started commercializing persimmons around ten days ago and things are going well. I am talking about the Tipo variety. Compared to 2018, we have estimated a 20-25% drop in production," explained general manager Sandro Zani and sales manager Raffaele Bucella.  Grades are slightly smaller but quality is excellent thanks to the weather,…

Egypt: Mango exports rising

Egypt’s mango exports have risen to 15,211 tons, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine's report on the movement…

Nigeria: How a border closure could revive coconut farming

As Nigeria’s federal government closed its borders to most of the illegal products coming into the country, given they were threatening the nation's economy, the humble…

Chinese persimmons hit the market

This is the time of year when crisp persimmons enter the Chinese market. This is also the period when the persimmon is at its sweetest. Most of the persimmons on the market…

Danper, the Peruvian company, will export mangoes from Ecuador

Danper, the Peruvian agribusiness company, started to make fresh mango exports from Ecuador this year through Dominus, a firm specialized in exporting this fruit. In total,…


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