Tropical fruit

Increasing imports of Philippine mangoes and pineapples

Philippines: Chinese commit to P7.7 billon grant

Last Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to a P7.7-billion (€132 mln) grant to the Philippines under its Belt and Road Initiative. China’s leader vowed to give the financial grant along with the promise of importing more fruits from Manila during his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo…

Avocados, pomelos, bananas, durian, pineapples, lime

Myanmar attempting to raise fruit exports to China

Myanmar is attempting to qualify for General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) certificates for eight kinds of fruits and spices. The aim is to officially export them to China, said U Soe Than Min Din, president of the Myanmar…

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Indonesia & China ink trade protocol for mangosteen exports

Thursday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi and Chinese Customs and Excise Minister Ni Yue Feng inked a trade protocol on mangosteen exports to the economic giant, after China permitted Indonesia to re-export. The signing of the protocol by both ministers took place in Beijing on Thursday…

Kenyan avocados get green light for Chinese market

Yesterday the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, signed an agreement with the Chinese government to allow Kenyan Hass avocado exports to China. The process started last year in November, when the Chinese and Kenyan presidents met in Shanghai, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sanitary and…

Telangana State, India

Fruit Research Station in Sangareddy: Growing 470 varieties of mangoes

Ever wanted to know how many varieties of mangoes one can find in an area of 161 acres? The Fruit Research Station (FRS) in Sangareddy grows a mind-boggling 470 varieties of mangoes in the orchards on the campus, covering almost every variety of the fruit in the world. Speaking to Telangana Today ,…

India: Telangana mangoes exported to Europe

For the first time, Banganapally variety of mangoes are being exported to Europe from Telangana and the farmer who is sending his produce as a pilot project is none other than…

Togo: President Gnassingbé inaugurates pineapple-processing factory in Zio prefecture

On April 25, Togo’s president Gnassingbé inaugurated the ‘Jus Délice’ pineapple processing factory in Gbatopé, Zio prefecture. This facility will help Togo process more of its local fruit, making this sector more competitive. More than 8 tons of pineapple will be processed into organic juice every day.…

Spanish Tropical Crops Association to meet on May 9

Future and challenges for tropical fruits in Spain

In just 40 years, the cultivation of tropical fruits has become a key activity for agricultural producers in the Spanish province of Malaga, with the development of an…

California Avocado Commission using its tools to promote avocado season

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) said it is dipping into its "quiver of marketing tools" for the launch of California avocado season and the start of advertising support. One arrow in the quiver is the use of influencers who share with their followers what they see as the benefits of avocados and…

National Mango Board’s frozen mango amendment referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting an amendment referendum among eligible first handlers and importers of mangos in the U.S., to determine the inclusion…

First shipment of Jamaican mangoes for US to be delivered in May

Next month, Jamaica will export its first shipment of mangoes to the United States, says Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw. Export is being facilitated through the Mango Irradiation Programme. Under the programme, the Ministry works with the United States Department of…

New Zealand's Zeijoa brand taking the world by storm

Grower-owned feijoa business, Zeijoa is establishing itself as New Zealand's number one supplier of the fruit. The company's export season began in late-March, and the fruit has been sent to customers in Houston, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Kuala Lumpar. The brand is in its fifth season,…

Mysuru, the state of Karnataka

Mangoes make an early splash in regions of India

Many varieties of mangoes have arrived much ahead of their season; a variety of them have hit the markets of Mysuru, the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, India.…

Vietnam: Prices drops cause farmers to dump pineapples

Over the last couple of years, farmers in Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Son La, Dien Bien and Ha Giang provinces flocked to grow pineapples to export to China. Now however, they have had…

Red banded mango caterpillar in Eastern Uttar Pradesh

India: Rare pest attacks mango crop in Lucknow

This season, a rare pest has attacked mango crop in Gorakhpur and other mango-producing districts in the eastern Uttar Pradesh. It was after farmers complained of a pest attack in their orchards that scientists at the Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture (CISH), Lucknow said it is a rare 'red…

Season begins for the Dibra Mango from West Africa

At SIIM, the main branch of the group Omer-Decugis and a historical leader in the production and export of West-African mangoes, with more than 3 million shipments exported…

Oaxaca is Mexico's second biggest producer of pineapples

Oaxaca is Mexico's second biggest producer of pineapples with 139,867 tons per year, just below Veracruz, and the Papaloapan Basin region is one of the most suitable areas for…

Indian pilot project SERP mobilises nearly 3,000 women mango producers

Over half-a-dozen major retail supply chains have shown interest in procuring mangoes from small and marginal farmers mobilised in a pilot project by the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) earlier this mango season. SERP has selected 2,850 small and marginal women mango farmers from 94…

California

Orange and avocado theft on campus Cal Poly

Dawn Taccone, manager of the Farm Store, takes a lot of pride in the production of oranges on the grounds of Cal Poly, Pomona. These are then sold at the Farm Store. “We have…

California, USA

Port of Hueneme: World’s first ship-to-shore zero emission avocado project

Continuing their legacy of commitment to the community and the environment, the Port of Hueneme joined project partners at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday to kick-off a $3 million investment to provide zero emission avocados to Ventura County and the State. The project is a result of a joint…

Growing demand for Kaya Paya papaya from Guatemala

Supplies of papaya out of Guatemala continue to steadily arrive in North America. “Kaya Paya Papaya, WYCO’s label, is a year-round product for us and there’s definitely an increase in volume coming in,” says Mirna Skinner of WYCO Produce Inc. in Tampa, Fl. “I think consumers are honing in on this fruit.…

China: "Price of pineapples from Hainan shows rising trend"

The Chinese pineapple production season is currently in full swing. Taiwanese pineapples are quite popular in the Chinese fruit market, but pineapples from Hainan follow closely. Consumers greatly enjoy Hainan pineapples. The harvest season of Jinzuan pineapples from Hainan begins every year in November…

Volume of Mexican mangoes to grow significantly

As Mexican growing regions cross over, mango volumes are significantly increasing by the week. “We started in the middle of January with just three to five loads per week. And our volumes started to get higher by the beginning of February and by this past week, our volumes increased even more,” says…

Malaysia: Minister Salahuddin strives for more durian exports to China

Malaysian minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub hopes his attempts to negotiate the export of whole durians to China will be remembered as one of his top achievements as Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister. Officials from the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) have already started…

Vietnam fruit growers encouraged to apply GAP standards

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap government is encouraging growers to grow more fruits in a way that encompasses good agricultural practice standards, improving incomes…

India: Mango shipments to Pune market drop by 50%

The damage to mango flowering, caused by a prolonged winter season, has led to a decreased fruit setting. This in turn has resulted in poor arrivals in the market at this time. Agriculture Produce Market Committee Pune has reported at least 50 percent drop in mango shipments as compared to last year.…

India: Insufficient rainfall hits Banagana Palli mango cultivation

In Banagana Palli, a town in the state of Andhra Pradesh, summer is definitively here. And that means that the same goes for the craze for the Banagana Palli mango variety.…

Mission Produce enhances its brand image

Mission Produce, Inc., has revealed what it describes as "its elevated identity" and termed the “world’s most advanced avocado network.” The company said it has enhanced its brand by creating a new website among other improvements, adding that these changes better embody the company’s international…

Taiwan: Lychee harvest halved as a result of mild and dry winter

Taiwan will produce less than half the normal amount of lychees for the first time in almost 50 years because the past winter was not cold and wet enough. The Council of…

New Zealand’s unusual Easter treat - deep-fried kiwifruit

Queenstown fish and chip shop Erik's Fish and Chips has described its creation as a "a deep-fried kiwifruit, infused with dark chocolate and then dipped in chocolate". Owner Anna Arndt said they were keen to do something special for Easter, and came up with the creation after a team meeting. She said…

Kenya receives Japanese donation for construction of Marakwet fruit factory

Kenya has received US $84,000 from the Japanese government as donation towards the construction of Marakwet fruit factory in Marakwet County, western Kenya. Second Secretary…

Vietnam: First batch of mangoes goes to US

The Vietnamese province of Dong Thap has become the first locality to export mangoes to the US. Nguyen Thi Hong Thu, Director of the Chanh Thu Fruits Import and Export Ltd Co,…

Director Mango Research Institute

India, South Punjab: Hail damaged mango groves more than rain

Recent hailstorms affected the mango orchards in South Punjab more than the heavy rainfall, with over 20 percent loss of fruit in torrential rain hit areas. Director Mango Research Institute (MRI), Allah Buksh, stated on Thursday that rain damaged up to 15 percent of mango produce in Shujabad, Dunyapur…

Philippines: Russian company wants two tons of mangoes weekly from Guimaras growers

According to the Philippines Department of Agriculture, a Russian company has placed an order of two tons of mangoes a week with growers in Guimaras. “The Exim Pacific company … has initially placed an order of two metric tons of Guimaras mangoes every week, as soon as the farmers are able to export,”…

Indian mango exports to reach North Korea this year

Although there was much talk of a poor mango crop this year, officials of the state horticulture department and the Maharashtra State Marketing Board are confident that exports will increase. An order requesting for Maharashtra’s famed Alphonso mangoes has come in from North Korea. Australia has also…

Indian mango export season starts

Mango consignments leaving for US & Australia

As Alphonso mangoes are in great demand in many markets abroad, they form a substantial chunk of India’s export basket. The mango export season has started in Maharashtra, with 28 tons of the fruit leaving for American and Australian shores. Officers of the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board…

Holy Week celebrations affecting US lime supplies

Supplies of fruits such as limes and honeydew melons are coming under pressure as the Holy Week observance in Mexico means less fruit is being shipped over the border. The Holy Week is celebrated in the lead up to Easter and millions of Mexicans take the week off for observance and celebration. For US…

Australian growers are backing the jujube

With an increasing mixed population and a focus on healthy eating, some Australian horticulturalists are pushing to expand and establish plantings of a fruit barely known to most of the country: the jujube. It is also known as the Chinese date, and the fruit is known well known in Asia, Europe and the…

Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and Great Giant Pineapple Company celebrate together

Indonesia exports bananas and canned pineapple to China and Spain

The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and Great Giant Pineapple Co., Ltd. organized a festive ceremony to celebrate the export of bananas and canned pineapple to China and…

India: Mancurad mango still too pricey in markets of Goa

Mangoes continue to be unpopular in Goa's markets even though their price has dropped sharply since last month. The Mancurad mango, which sold for Rs 3,500 a dozen last month (€44.54), is currently being sold for Rs 1,200 a dozen (€15.27). But still locals are shunning the fruit, waiting for its price to…

Kenya: 8,000 Kerio Valley growers secure a mango market

At least 8,000 farmers in Kenya’s Kerio Valley now have a ready market for their mangoes; a development that is expected to reduce losses. Kenya Fruits Solution, a Thika-based fruit marketing firm, announced plans to buy 10,000 tonnes of dried apple mangoes from the farmers every harvesting season.…

Alliance for Development and Industrialization

Ghana: ADI proposes $2 billion boost to agro sector

Although historically, Ghana’s economy has been largely supported by the agriculture sector, this has still not been exploited to the maximum. Commodities, such as avocado, pineapple, coconut, sweet potato, cashew among others have huge value on the international market but they not been exploited due to…

Philippines: Fruit production up in 4th quarter of 2018

Philippine pineapple and mango production saw growth during the period of October-December 2018, say the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Pineapple production during the…

Seven people arrested for stealing 30,000 kilos of avocados in Vélez-Málaga

Police officers in Axarquia have arrested seven people accused of stealing almost 30,000 kilos of avocados in Vélez-Málaga. The suspects are aged between 19 and 30 years and…

Murcia produces 1,100 tons of papayas each year

Spanish city of Mazarrón is Europe's largest papaya exporter

The Region of Murcia produces about 1,100 tons of papayas per year in about 24 hectares, which are currently in production. Of this acreage, about 20 hectares belong to one firm, which sells one million kilos annually and plans to double that figure in 2019, since it has fast growing greenhouse trees.…

Fresh produce from South Korea showcased in Kuala Lumpur

The Korean Jinju City Agricultural Ministry recently promoted the region’s produce at Isetan in Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Throughout the campaign, an abundance of fresh…

But Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme needs to be made be fit for purpose

New Zealand: New workers help kiwifruit industry pick and pack

Around 250 people have been accepted for a variation of conditions to their visitor visas to work in the labour shortage declaration in the BOP and extension in Hawkes Bay. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) are pleased that since the announcement of the declaration on 5 April, around 250…

Delays at Mexico-US border cause millions in losses for Oaxaca's Mangoes

The intermittent closures of the Mexico-US border checkpoints have caused millions in losses for the producers of mango of Oaxaca, as their shipments are rejected due to the…

"First Indian mangoes will enter Chinese market soon"

"Our first shipment of Indian mangoes this year will arrive on the Chinese market in the middle of April. The supply season will last until early August. The mango varieties we import include Alfanso, Banginapalli, and Kesai." This is according to Mr. Bai of Dalian Farm International Trade Co., Ltd.…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:

“Historically high prices for flown mangoes from Peru”

Exofi in Brussels, Belgium, is gradually moving away from their winter season with the final leafy clementines such as Orri, Nadorcott and Murcott. “We’re now selling a lot of Spanish strawberries and domestic strawberries and asparagus are on the shelves of a lot of fresh produce shops this spring…

Mango consumption and production increases in Italy

Up until 2012, mango demand in Italy was just 4800 tons a year, but the figure rose to 5500 tons in 2013 and to 9000 in 2016 (+62%). In more recent times, mango consumption has not fluctuated a lot except for December (11% of the total). Certainly, the month with the least demand is January (5%) while…

UK Scientists working on method to sniff out rotten avocados

A team of UK scientists are working to invent a type of portable sniffing device that can detect whether avocados are rotten without breaking the skin and damaging the fruit.…

Enmanuel van Voorthuizen, Yex:

"Papayas following in footsteps of mangoes and avocados"

Papayas are becoming a stable product group within Yex's tropical fruit range. "We import Golden and Formosa papayas year-round from Brazil. These are supplemented by Solo papayas from Ghana and cooking papayas from Thailand", says this Dutch company's Account and Product Manager, Enmanuel van…

Viral video increases demand even more

Uptick in demand for Costa Rican pineapples

Volumes of imported pineapples will increase over the month. “The weather conditions in Costa Rica are excellent and both the quality and volumes are at excellent levels,” says Adriana Garcia of Chestnut Hill Farms based in Coral Gables, Fl. “Volumes have increased these past weeks and we will see the…

South-Korea: Provincial government develops plan for subtropical plant cultivation

In South Korea, work has begun to develop 17 types of functional subtropical vegetables and 11 types of fruit trees, including chayote, papaya, apple mango and noni, suitable…

Thailand: Lots of durians sold online

In Thailand, the durian season has begun. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has disclosed that a large volume of durian has been booked online since the beginning…

AU: '#eatqld' campaign encourages support for North Queensland growers after flooding

A social media campaign is encouraging consumers to support North Queensland farmers and food producers by buying local produce, after many faced challenges throughout the summer. It is hoped that the campaign would be a shot in the arm for local producers who were recovering from the recent flood…

Christiaan van Ravenswaaij:

"Good mango market at start of Ivory Coast season"

Van Ravenswaaij from Veenendaal started off the Ivory Coast mango season with the arrival of various containers of Amelie. "We will receive the second arrival of Amelie next week. This means we will be doing Easter with Amelie mangos. A very tasty mango, although the colour is more green compared to a…

First shipment of mangos from Guatemala to Chile

Guatemala is sending its first export shipment to Chile on Wednesday, April 10, when it sends a container loaded with 22 thousand 400 kilos of mango of the Tommy Atkins…

California avocado advertising campaigns begin

California avocado harvesting is ramping up and the California Avocado Commission (CAC) has kicked off its 2019 California advertising campaign focusing on CAC’s defined target of “premium Californians” and super avocado users. The Commission’s media plan is expected to run from now through beyond the…

Kenyans reject Uhuru’s deal with Mauritius on avocados

The news that Mauritius had lifted a ban on Kenyan avocados has not been well received by the Kenyan online community. Kenyans online have lamented that they are already grappling with a decrease in production of their “dear avocados” and did not want a trade deal involving these. The government of…

Uganda: Demand for avocado soars as overseas market opens

In Uganda, the growing demand for fruit both domestically and internationally has forced several farmers to forego other crops like maize to concentrate on avocado. The demand for the fruit has seen tremendous growth expanding by 88.2 per cent in 2016 alone. In the last three years, fruit exports grew by…

Kenya: Nakuru County eyes avocado exports to China

Kenya’s Nakuru County has launched a sustained campaign to revitalise avocado farming, seeking to tap into the Chinese and other international markets. Governor Lee Kinyanjui…

New Zealand: Avocado prices have doubled since February

Higher prices for avocados, tomatoes, bacon, eggs and bread last month have really hit home, Statistics New Zealand said in a statement today. Avocados alone have more than doubled in price when compared with February 2019's price tag. "Avocado prices usually rise early in the year, and reach their…

Indian production falls after long cold spell

Pune: Mango arrivals in markets dipping

Unusual flowering in the orchards may affect both the quality and quantity of mangoes produced in the Konkan region, pushing up the price of the much-awaited fruit in local…

Record volume of cocaine intercepted in Rotterdam and Antwerp in 2018

The Dutch Public Prosecutor announces that drugs have been intercepted in the Port of Rotterdam nearly every week. In by far the majority of these reports, the cocaine is hidden in a container filled with bananas. In Rotterdam, 18,947 kilos of cocaine were found last year. The authorities in Antwerp…

2nd Fruit Fusion Conference at Mercavasa wholesale market

How can mangoes and avocados be given more added value?

How can mangoes and avocados be given more added value? How can an already consolidated brand be given more visibility in the market? Such questions were raised by Sigfrido SLU, a Malaga-based producer, importer and exporter of mangoes and avocados, and by the Valencia-based Cansafresc, which joined…

National Mango Board’s frozen mango amendment referendum postponed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting an amendment referendum among eligible first handlers and importers of mangoes in the U.S., to determine the inclusion…

Azerbaijan: Pomegranate production to increase

Azerbaijan exports pomegranates to several European countries. In 2017, 156,000 tons of pomegranates were produced in Azerbaijan, and in 2018 - 170,000 tons. Now the head of…

Malaysian durian expert has 80 varieties of durians on his farms

Dr Abdul Aziz Zakaria’s once was a lecturer on irrigation at Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM). Some 30 years ago his father, an avid durian collector, gave him a plot of land in their home state of Kelantan. Over time, he began to follow in his father’s footsteps. “I started collecting and planting…

Police to protect Bangladeshi mangoes

On Tuesday, the High Court yesterday directed the Bangladesh government to deploy police at the mango orchards in Rajshahi region. Their task: to prevent spraying of toxic…

Togo: Organic pineapple offers people work and dignity

The "Dolcetto" project for cooperation in development in Togo aims to provide work opportunities cultivating organic pineapples in Togo. The goal is to avert migration to Europe in the search of work. A cooperative development project in Togo called "Dolcetto," was recently presented at a seminar in Rome…

Japan: Pair of mangoes sells for record $4,488 yen at first auction

A pair of premium mangoes from the southwestern Japan prefecture of Miyazaki fetched a record 500,000 yen ($4,500) in the season's first auction at a local wholesale market this Monday. This number topped the previous best of 400,000 yen. The premium mangoes are called ‘Egg of the Sun’. To qualify for…

Peru expects to export 170,000 tons of mango this season

Two weeks before the end of the 2018/2019 Peruvian fresh mango campaign, shipments of this fruit are expected to reach 170 thousand tons, i.e. 16.67% less than the 204…

California avocado season kicks off

It’s April and California avocados are getting into their peak season. Though there has been some harvesting since February, the season started around April 1 with peak supplies expected to continue through July, with some volume expected to continue through summer. This year’s crop is estimated to be…

Indian cities: Alphonso arriving, at prices of Rs 1,000 per dozen

Mangoes are arriving in India’s cities, where the blazing sun and the sweltering heat can make life quite unbearable. “At present the supply is limited, and only few varieties…

How Trump's threats affect avocado prices

President Trump’s border threats have helped push up Mexican avocado prices, that is for sure. One gauge of the Hass variety from Michoacan, the heartland of Mexican…

Bilimbi: A niche fruit, from Malaysia

Bilimbi or cucumber fruit -an exotic fruit from Malaysia- is gradually getting more acceptance across the world. Today, these fruits are already successfully produced in Indonesia, Thailand, India, the Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. The fruits are elliptical in shape, with five weakly…

El Niño plagues Philippines

Durian production in Davao Region to drop by 20 percent

The production of durians in Davao is decreasing as the El Niño phenomenon continues to inflict damages to the agriculture sector in the area. Durian Industry Council of Davao…

US importer grows and enhances Peruvian summer citrus and avocado programs

LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd. (LGS), importer and distributor of citrus, avocados and grapes, is preparing to kick off their Peruvian avocado program and summer citrus season with plans to visit partners and growers across the globe. To supply US market demand with quality fruit throughout the summer, LGS…

AU: Custard apples in good supply despite dry summer

Australian custard apple growers say they are experiencing a good start to the season, with plentiful supply of the fruit despite some weather challenges over summer. Volumes are forecast to be greater than last season with the Pinks Mammoth variety, due to a heavy fruit set and young trees coming into…

The area devoted to pineapple cultivation in Cuba increases

The producers from Ciego de Avila increased the area planted with pineapples in central and southern Ciego de Avila to nearly 700 hectares. Part of the production is in full…

Maharashtra targets to export 2,500 tons of Alphonso & Kesar mangoes

The Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) has set a target to export 2,500 ton of the famed Alphonso and Kesar varieties of mango from the Konkan and…

Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute

Mardi launches first star fruit clone: ‘Bintang Mas’

The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) today launched the country’s first star fruit hybrid clone, Bintang Mas or ‘Golden Star’. Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said Mardi had conducted research work into the clone since 1986: “The hybrid…

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service:

Chinese experts complete inspection of Kenyan avocados

Chinese officials have completed inspecting avocado fruits in the country, having spent eight days touring farms, laboratories and airport holding bays. Two experts from the Chinese National Plant Protection Organisation flew into the country last week and ended their inspection on Monday. The team was…

New Zealand: $52m Craigmore apple orchard investment approved

Foreign investors headed by New Zealand management have been given the green light by the Overseas Investment Office to buy two horticultural properties. Only last year, these…

India: Mango lovers in Aam see prices rise by 15%

Mango lovers in Aam will have to dig deeper into their pockets this season, as limited supply has pushed prices higher. Mango prices this season are about 10 to 15% higher than a year ago on restricted supplies after extended winters and adverse weather conditions hit output in leading growing states.…

Canapep

Costa Rican pineapple sector may have to lay off 2,500 workers

On Tuesday we learned that a pineapple producer was having problems paying the salaries to its collaborators, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. The National Chamber of…

New 2019 officers for National Mango Board

The National Mango Board (NMB) elected new officers during their March board meeting in Antigua, Guatemala. As dedicated members, the NMB officers will fulfill their duties and responsibilities by leading the board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 and the…

“Fewer Ivorian mangoes than last year”

At Simexp SARL, the harvest of Ivorian mangoes is lower than last year. “Unlike the 2018 season, we do not have enough mangoes this year. A mango tree which produced many fruits last year cannot give the same quantity the following year, that’s why. That is how Nature works,” explains Jean-Jacques Saba…

Taiwanese pineapple prices still looking bleak

Pineapples are the most important export product among all the agricultural products from Taiwan. The Taiwanese pineapple market faced severe collapse last year, but recovered…

China is the largest export market for Vietnamese mangoes

Data from the Vietnamese Ministry of Commerce shows that the value of Vietnamese mango exports has rapidly increased in recent years. The value was 46 million USD in 2015, 68…

US avocado importers unsure of supply post-Trump border threat

With U.S. president Donald Trump stating there’s a ‘good likelihood’ he will close the U.S.-Mexico border this week if Mexico doesn’t halt immigrants from reaching the U.S., avocado importers and growers are watching the situation closely. Earlier this week, TheGuardian.com reported that one grower was…

Malaysian durian export to China

‘Citizens will not see durian shortages or price hikes’

Malaysia will start exporting durians to China soon, but locals have been assured that there will still be plenty to eat and that prices will not spike. Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Sim Tze Tzin that the price of durians would not go up drastically following plans to export the…

India: Slow mango trade at Nunna wholesale market

Last Tuesday, the mango trade began on a dull note at the Nunna wholesale fruit market, one of the largest in Asia. Only 6 out of 80 shops operated on the first day of the trade. For two days, the market has been getting only around 80 tonnes of mangoes per day and a majority of farmers and traders have…

Vietnam: Vinh Long mangoes to enter US market

After 10 years of negotiations, Vietnamese mangoes have officially been licensed to enter the US market. Local mango co-operatives in the Southern province of Vinh Long signed…

Wholesale price of Chinese pineapples dropped by 30%

Not only did the product quality of Chinese pineapples improve this year in comparison with previous years, but the price was also lower. The cheap, delicious pineapple is…

Fastest jump in a decade

Prices for Mexican Hass avocados up 34%

Mexican avocado prices surged the most in almost a decade as buyers listened to president Trump’s latest threats to close the border with Mexico, the biggest supplier of the…

Pricing jumps back up on domestic avocados post-recall

A Listeria recall in California avocados seems to be one of the reasons the market has changed drastically and suddenly on the popular fruit. Late last week, Escondido, Calif.-based Henry Avocado Corp. voluntarily recalled whole avocados grown in California only and sold in bulk at retail stores because…

Malaysia’s PLS Plantations: More durians heading for China with four new deals

PLS Plantation’s joint venture with Shanghai-based Greenland Group has signed deals with four Chinese fruit distributors to sell its durian products and expand its export…

Colombia: Return of pineapple exports to the port of Santa Marta

The Port of Santa Marta continues to strengthen Colombian agricultural exports. Exporters have been able to send two new shipments to Europe and Asia through the Port of Santa…

New bins available for mango displays

The National Mango Board (NMB) is offering a limited number of display bins to U.S. mango shippers on a first come, first serve basis. The bins feature key messages to help drive mango sales in stores. Mango shippers are encouraged to act fast and order their mango bins today, as only 2,000 bins are…

'US will be out of avocados in three weeks if Trump closes Mexico border'

President Trump has stated there is a ‘good likelihood’ he will close border this week, if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching US. US consumers would run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump makes good on his threat. But a complete shutdown would disrupt millions of legal border crossings in…

Over 2,000 litchi orchards in the district

Bangladesh: Magura growers happy with litchi flowering

According to the local Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, over 2,000 litchi orchards in the district have been set up on 750 hectares, mainly at Ichhakhada,…

Tanzania: Avocado exporters want government help to access China market

Avocado exporters have called on the Tanzanian government to review bilateral trade agreements with China. This was said by Kilimanjaro-based Africado during the Food,…

Fruitful cooperation between Elbefruit GmbH and Green Path Food

"Ethiopian organic avocados are an interesting niche product"

The Hamburg-based company ElbeFruit has been able to expand its existing product range this season. After the successful launch of high-quality legumes from Guatemala, this year the company made the step towards organic products. And the expectations are promising, explains company spokesman and sales…

Western Australian avocados popular in Malaysia

Malaysia has developed a taste for Western Australian avocados. Starting in December last year, Southern Forests Food Council supply partner, Mercer Mooney sent more than 20…

Market prospects for Taiwanese Jinzuan pineapples in 2019

The pineapple is the most important agricultural export product for Taiwan. The unpredictable weather in recent months resulted in an early harvest of Taiwanese pineapples, which means they entered the market early this year, but they are relatively slow to develop their characteristic sweetness.…

California avocado growers optimistic of exporting to China soon

Tom Bellamore, president of the Industry Affairs for the California's Avocado Commission (CAGC), has stated that for Californian avocado growers, China holds a lot of appeal as an export destination due to the strength of its economy and the size of its population, Foodwise, the meaty green California…

"Price of Taiwanese pineapples currently stable"

The production season of Taiwanese pineapples is in full swing. China and Hong Kong are the main export destinations for Taiwanese pineapples. Mr. Huang of Little Farmer Co., Ltd. expressed his view of the pineapple market: "The retail season of high-quality pineapples begins in March. This season's…

Jackfruit as a vegan sensation

Some five years ago, jackfruit was just a spectacularly ugly, smelly, unfarmed, unharvested pest-plant native to India. Some people ate it, but only if they had nothing better to eat. Last year,…

Thailand: Fruit exports flourish through FTA deals

Thailand exported $2.65 billion worth of fruits last year, a 17.05 percent increase on the year before. This increase is driven by the country's free trade agreements (FTA)…

Pineapple supplies tightening in North America

Pineapple supplies into the United States appear to be tightening up. It's possible that seasonal production in Costa Rica is weaker at the moment, but suppliers say the main reason is likely to be because producers are building up inventory in the lead up to Easter. "Pineapple supplies have been a…

Australia: Hail storm smashes 4 mln avocados in under 10 minutes

A hail storm ripped through an avocado orchard in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales last week. It destroyed an estimated 4 million avocados in less than 10 minutes. Aussie Orchards' managing director Colin Foyster said 80 per cent of the fruit on the 12,000 trees at the Pretty Gully farm was knocked…

Henk van der Meij: “We need these on a small market”

First cautious volumes of early mangoes shipped from Ivory Coast

This week, Hars & Hagebauer put its first early mangoes on a boat from Ivory Coast for arrival in Antwerp early in April. “This early Amelie mango isn’t bought by all of our customers,” says importer Henk van der Meij of Hars & Hagebauer. “But on a small market, we still need them. Arrivals from…

Mexicans consume an average of 12.4 kg of mango per year

Mexicans consume an average of 12.4 kilos of mango a year. The fruit is mainly harvested between April and August, which means its availability in the market is higher in…

10-15% growth

Guatemala plans to export 45 million pounds of mango

Mango is a seasonal fruit. The country is in full harvest and expects to export 45 million pounds of mango this year, according to data from the Mango Committee, which is part of Agexport. Guatemala is the fifth biggest producer of mango in Latin America. In 2018, it exported 39 million pounds worth US $…

Guatemala: Tropical Source Crops consolidates as an exporter of mango to Europe

During the last 12 years Tropical Source Crops has been consolidating itself as a fruit export company for the US, Canada, and Europe. After signing alliances with wholesale importers in each of these markets, the Guatemalan company has expanded its operations, exporting 89 mango containers to Europe…

Maharashtra production likely to be less than 70 %

Prolonged winter, temperature differences upset mangoes in India

Adverse agro-climatic condition, prolonged winters and the increased difference between day and night temperatures at the flowering stage has given a big blow to Maharashtra…

Peruvian mango season characterised by strikes, good prices and good quality

The Peruvian mango season started later than normal because of strikes, in particular. The season is now reaching its end, and importers are switching to mangoes from other origins, such as Brazil and Guatemala. Qualitatively, Peru had a good but turbulent season, with good prices on average throughout…

Push for fair trade bananas on the rise

Demand for fair trade organic bananas is strong right now. “Our best-selling months are April and May but the high demand has started early. March has been a very good month,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal, Quebec based Equifruit. “This is just generally a good season for bananas—we’re well out of…

Redesigned ethylene generator on display at CPMA

Catalytic Generators announced they will showcase the redesigned Easy-Ripe® ethylene generator at the CPMA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Montréal, Quebec Tuesday, April 2nd to Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at Booth #1910. Being CPMA’s primary event and Canada’s largest event dedicated to the fruit…

Mango supplies thin as imports from Mexico remain light

The mango market in North America has tightened now that the transition is underway towards northern hemisphere sources. Importers say there has been lower than normal volume coming in from Mexico. The season has started later there as a result of persistently cooler weather during the growing season.…

Philippines: First shipment of mangoes to Russia next month

The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture (DA) is expecting to export mangoes to Russia starting next month, stated Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol on Monday. “Philippine…

Buddha's hand: Success for Australian exotic citrus growers

An exotic fruit known as Buddha's hand is gaining popularity among chefs for its fragrant characters providing a lucrative niche market for growers in Australia. Buddha's…

Vietnam’s mango exports increasing

Vietnam earned 193.2 million USD from exporting mangoes and mango products in 2018. This is up 24% year-on-year and making up 5% of the country’s total vegetable and fruit export revenue, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The value increased from 46 million USD in 2015, 68 million USD in…

Argentina: Naineck positions itself as a producer of tropical fruits

Laguna Naineck, which is located in the province of Formosa, is one of the areas in Argentina that produces tropical fruits, in part, thanks to the support of the provincial…

International buyers turn to safer Kenyan avocados

Following tough measures to protect the fruits’ export quality, Kenyan avocados have become much more marketable. Avocado Society of Kenya CEO Ernest Muthomi said international buyers were importing more fruits after farmers followed rules set by the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA). The AFA has in…


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