Tropical fruit

"Some fields have lost 90% of the production in less than 4 days"

Mycosphaerella fungus hits kaki growers in Spanish Region of Valencia

It was recently announced that this year's Spanish kaki harvest will be significantly reduced compared to last year (by around 30%), both due to the lower yields and the impact of pests. However, in recent days, Valencian producers have been surprised by the abundant presence of the Mycosphaerella…

Costa de Granada consolidates itself as an ideal place to cultivate these products

More and more Andalusian farmers are growing subtropical products

The unique climatic characteristics of Costa Tropical, a region of Granada that has a subtropical microclimate with an average annual temperature of nearly 20 °C, positions this Mediterranean region as an ideal place for growing subtropical fruits, such as mangoes, custard apples, or avocados, among…

Colombia

The pineapple export project located in Cesar is beginning to pay off

The cultivation of Golden pineapples for export in the municipality of La Gloria, located in the Colombian department of Cesar, has started to pay off. The Pineapple International company, which was certified by Colombia's Agricultural Institute (ICA) in October 2014, has managed to export 20 tons of…

Bowonpat Sakaew

Vietnam exports first batch of passion fruit to Europe

On September 16, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a ceremony in Gia Lai Province to announce the export of the first batch of Vietnam-grown passion…

Volodymyrkrasyuk

Kenya ups avocado sales to Beijing

Kenya has started exporting frozen avocados to China, heeding the conditions that Beijing issued before it allowed imports of the Kenyan fruit. The first consignment,…

Albert Perez with Continental Fresh

"Mangoes have been a solid go-to item during COVID"

Supplies of mangoes have transitioned to sourcing from Brazil which has started with a solid crop. Albert Perez, chief executive officer and grower relations for Continental Fresh LLC. in Miami, FL notes it’s been bringing in mangoes from Brazil since August 17th. “We started kind of early and we’re now…

Colombia exports pineapples to Canada for the first time

Colombia will export its first pineapples to Canada on Wednesday, September 16. This is a shipment of 19,000 kilos of pineapple produced at La Gloria farm, in the department…

TROPS mango season kicks off

“The mangoest mango” campaign and a new Greengrocers Club

The TROPS mango season has started. From early September to mid-November 2020, the mango harvesting campaign will be carried out by TROPS, the organization of producers with the largest share of the mango market in Spain, accounting for more than 50% of the national production. In 2019, they marketed…

Vietnam: Agricultural exports to EU are enjoying EVFTA tax incentives

Vietnam plans to export several kinds of agricultural products to the European Union on September 16-17 under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), following the…

Anderson Horticulture - New South Wales

Australian avocado industry considers NT to be fruitful ground for Maluma variety

New South Wales-based Anderson Horticulture is responsible for supplying about 30 per cent of Australia's avocado trees. The company is looking to start trialling new…

Northern Territory mango growers pick 100,000 trays in a week

The Australian mango season is heating up, with more than 100,000 trays picked and packed in the Northern Territory last week. Abc.net.au reports how volumes will continue to rise over the coming weeks and will surpass 500,000 trays a week when the NT's mango harvest peaks around the end of October and…

Plantations International to grow mangoes in Thailand

Bangkok-based Plantations International Co. Limited in Thailand, which is part of the Plantations International group of companies, is very pleased to announce that it has…

Spain expects to harvest between 30,000 and 35,000 tons of mangoes

"Mango consumption in Spain could grow faster than that of avocados"

The mango campaign is already underway in Malaga, where the sector is working on the harvesting, handling and marketing amid growing concerns about the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could lead to a new lockdown. “Although there are companies that kicked off at the end of August, we started the…

Thongrob Banditnet

Kenyan avocado trade thrives despite pandemic

Despite these strange times, the avocado business in Kenya seems to be thriving.  Kenya has recently topped Africa in global exports and at this point in time ranks 7th largest…

California avocado merchandise shop launched

The California Avocado Commission announced that it has launched a California avocado merchandise shop to sell California avocado-branded merchandise online. The shop is designed to satisfy consumers who have asked where to buy such items and to promote the California avocado brand via its aficionados.…

Diederick Meijer, Plusberries

“Sensation mangos available throughout Europe this year”

The Spanish mango season is about to start. They're expecting a peak in volume this week. Next week, Agromartin will, however, enter the market with the first Spanish markets from the Huelva region. They'll also have Sensation mangos. Agromartin is part of the Spanish company, Plusberries. "The Sensation…

Vicente Bomboí, president of Copal:

"We hope that this radical change will help us become a leader in the sector once again"

After more than a hundred years marketing products grown by Valencian producers and having once been an internationally prestigious firm, the Copal cooperative has carried out a profound renovation with the aim of gaining the ground lost in recent years, establishing new lines of work, investing in new…

For now, the production is expected to fall by 27%

Kaki campaign with the prospect of better prices at origin

The kaki campaign is already underway in the producing areas of the Spanish Region of Valencia and the prospect is that it will have a normal development, with an increase in consumption and prices amounting to around € 0.37 / kg, according to the Valencian growers' organization La Unió de Llauradors.…

The Peruvian project includes the installation of flying nurseries and 60,000 avocado seedlings

Ayacucho promotes avocado production in Lucanas

The Ayacucho Regional Directorate of Agriculture has announced the launch of the Paltos Zona Sur Project in the province of Lucanas that aims to improve and expand the…

Pramote Soongkitboon

Malaysian durian exports forecast to hit 443,000 tons by 2030

The Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries expects the nation’s durian production to increase up to 443,000 tons by 2030. Ministry Marketing and Export Division…

"Air freight costs skyrocketed a week out from the start of the season"

Some solid results for New Zealand's persimmon growers despite challenging year

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, New Zealand persimmon growers still managed to pass the 1,200 tonnes for the 2020 season. Manager of the New Zealand Persimmon Industry…

Dbalinda

Nation's first collective brand avocado export: 'Tropical Avocados from the Dominican Republic'

‘Tropical Avocados from the Dominican Republic’ is the name of the first collective brand to market this agricultural product of this particular country. Agroindustria Ocoeña,…

Jorge Ramírez, CEO of Camposol:

“In the virtual environment, we can bring in expertise from the entire company”

As PMA Fresh Summit approaches, companies are preparing in different ways. For some companies, this will be the first time they are exhibiting in a virtual environment. For others who have already exhibited at a virtual trade show earlier this year, the design of their booth and their overall strategy…

Kenneth Meyer (Natural Tropic):

"Baffling that many Northern European supermarkets don't choose Spanish mangos"

The Osteen mango season started at Natural Tropic in Spain this week. These mangoes are available in conventional and organic variants. "The organic mango market is great at the moment. Particularly the small sizes are in high demand," says the Dutch sales manager, Kenneth Meyer. "The demand for…

Mexico opens new overseas markets for its grapes, blackberries, mangoes, and bananas

Mexico's government has worked very hard to boost the country's agricultural exports. In fact, it has managed the opening of 8 new markets between September 2019 and June of…

Tropical Avocados from Dominican Republic

Dominican avocado exporters create the first collective brand to market their fruit in the US

Tropical Avocados from the Dominican Republic is the country's first collective brand to market this agricultural product on the east coast of the United States, where this local crop already has a 10% share of the market, and exports to that area in 2019 amounted to USD $61,415,732.38. This information…

Vitaliy Krivchikov

India can now export pomegranates to Australia

Indian pomegranates will soon arrive at Australian supermarkets for the first time as, following an import risk assessment, the Australian government has completed the…

Tofumax

Davao durian growers are exploring external markets

Durian growers in the Davao Region of the Philippines are planning to export their fruits within and outside the country this harvest season. According to Neil Belviz, Davao…

PND released an innovative die-cutting machine

Interest in fresh-cut pineapples remains high

The growing interest in the international markets for tropical fruits and their consumption continues apace. While, in recent years, consumers in the old continent have been able to learn more about exotic fruits, such as mangoes and avocados, some of which are produced in Europe, the demand for bananas…

Food Corporation of Bhutan resumes onion and tomato imports

On September 8, just days after easing the nationwide lockdown, Thimphu received its first load of onion and tomatoes. The Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperatives…

Rob Cullum - Pacific Produce

“It was not an easy season to read as things changed from week to week"

Back in late March, lock downs were being implemented in many countries which was causing major headaches for growers, exporters and importers around the world. It was no different for Rob Cullum at Pacific Produce a major importer of Peruvian avocados. The export from Peru had just started but COVID was…

Long-time exhibitor all in on upcoming virtual trade show

As an exhibitor for more than four decades, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) will continue to participate in this year’s virtual PMA Fresh Summit show PMA being held October 13-15, 2020. “With the unprecedented situation this year, the Commission wants to continue to show our support for PMA and…

Kavish Soobadoo

Uganda: Pineapple growers demand processing plant

In many parts of Uganda, fruits worth billions -if not trillions- of shillings that could have been processed for longer shelf life as well as exports are rotting away as…

Custard Apple - PinksBlush

"In the next couple of years, we will have sufficient fruit to supply domestic and export markets"

A Queensland custard apple producer has just commenced harvest for its Australian exclusive PinksBlush variety, at a time when the season for all other domestic growers has finished. Yanalla Farms is owned and managed by second-generation farmers, Rob and Karen Martin, and for the next 3-4 months, the…

Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International:

"Hass avocado market revival, good market for Greenskins"

"After a period of very high prices for Hass avocado during the winter and spring of 2020, we had to deal with lower prices in the recent summer months. This was because the market came under pressure due to the large supply from Peru, caused by a so-called 'on year' which happens every other year. In…

DHL Express Malaysia starts durian express exports to Hong Kong & Singapore

International delivery service provider DHL Express Malaysia has issued a statement, saying its new Durian Express initiative aims to help durian business owners meet the overseas demand spike, which guarantees next-day delivery in less than 24 hours. That is why the company has launched the DHL Express…

Jiri Hera

Bright future for avocados in New Zealand

Kiwis have long held the pole position as New Zealand's premier-earning horticultural crop, generating almost 50 percent of the six billion dollars earned by the fruit and…

Forced to grow in sustainable and environmentally friendly way

Chilean avocado growers challenged with drought

Near the beginning of a new harvest, avocado producers in Chile are facing a challenging factor: the drought and the water deficit that occurs in various regions of the country. “In some parts there are no avocados or less plantations. Without going any further, avocado plantations reduced their…

"This season, due to current circumstances, the demand for citrus has been consistently strong"

Despite concerns heading into the season due to the coronavirus restrictions, citrus sales have been strong for Sydney-based wholesaler Goldenfruit throughout winter. "Our sales were very strong throughout the season especially for oranges and mandarins," Principal Jason Hendriks said. "Sales in citrus…

Twelve Kenyan counties to gain from Sh500 million project

Kenya’s four-year Market Access Upgrade (Markup) project seeks to boost food security and address supply and market access constraints in several agricultural value chains.…

High prices for pineapples as Veracruz season starts up

The pineapple season out of Veracruz, Mexico has just begun. Gustavo Dominguez of La Minita Fresh shares: “It takes about nine months for the fruit to complete growing so we’re at the start of our new crop right now. The season usually starts around the end of August and we started right on time this…

The consequences of the windstorm in February are still being felt

Avocado prices in Tenerife skyrocket due to a shortage of production

Avocado prices have increased more than usual at this time of the year because of the decrease in avocado production in Tenerife due to the wind and harsh storm that the island experienced on February 22 and 23. In some establishments, avocados are sold for up to ten euro per kilo. The president of the…

Mango production in full swing in the Northern Territory as main summer season approaches

Mango harvesting in Darwin is ramping up, two months after picking commenced, according to the latest data from the Australian Mango Industry Association's (AMIA) My Mango weekly Crop Forecast. For the week ending September 4, 46,000 (7 kilogram) trays were sent to market, more than double the volume…

Dbalinda

Island of Montserrat wants to increase avocado production

The Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment of the island of Montserrat recently  made an appeal for citizens to assist in increasing the island’s avocado production.…

NUS engineers

Turning pineapple leaves into aerogels for food preservation and wastewater treatment

Although pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, and are considered one of the most important fruits in the world, the harvesting of this delicious and…

Pavel Polupan

Peru: Growth of avocado and blueberry industry means more pollination is needed

According to the executive director of Cultivida, Carlos Rodríguez Koch, the explosive growth of the avocado and blueberry industry in Peru means that every year more hives…

First Chilean avocados arrive in Australia

Well, as Avocados Australia accepted as a possibility in several media interviews last week, it seems the first Chilean avocados have landed on our shores. Avocados Australia…

Wong Yu Liang

Vietnam: Fruit prices drop because of export decline

According to Vietnam’s Agro Processing and Market Development Authority and the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, the prices of dragon…

Tropicool super fruits now available in Dubai

Tropicool is bringing the best super fruits of the Brazilian Amazon to Dubai. The Brazilian company is the first in the market to use non-frozen super fruits to serve up açai…

South Bukidnon Fresh Trading Inc.

Philippines: Mindanao export firm shuts down

The South Bukidnon Fresh Trading Inc. in Northern Mindanao has shut down operations due to the adverse effects of the pandemic. Others are seeking government intervention amid…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 28-08-2020)

Peru ships 1,969,000 cartons of avocados to the EU in week 36

In week 36, Peru shipped 1,969,000 cartons of avocados to the EU (greenskin and Hass combined). This was some 100,000 cartons more than the original estimate (at 1,898,000 cartons). Week 26 avocado shipments from from South Africa were as follows: Greenskin: 157,000 cartons, Hass: 310,000 cartons, total:…

Andreykuzmin

Kalangala pineapple growers see Kenyan market fading

Ugandan commercial fruit farmers on Kalangala islands -in Lake Victoria- have appealed to their government to expedite the process of setting up a value addition facility in…

Hurricane Nana brought more rain to already wet Guatemala papaya season

Hurricane Nana made landfall in a sparsely populated part of Belize right after midnight on Thursday morning. From there, Nana weakened to a tropical storm, pushing across Guatemala on Thursday. “The storm affected the northern part of Guatemala, the heart of our papaya growing region,” said Andres…

Semtech’s LoRa® devices boost crop yield on connected avocado farms

Semtech Corporation, a large supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that ICT International, an Internet of…

Philippines Outcast85

Flights bring fruits from Mindanao to Luzon and Visayas

Filipino fruit producers in Mindanao will be allowed to ship their harvest directly to Luzon and the Visayas daily, following the signing of a marketing agreement between the…

Mario de Goede, Dutoit Europe:

"Pineapple market back at a good level but lacking a stable base"

After pineapple sales were at a low level in the spring, the market has picked up again in recent weeks. "At the moment the prices are at a good level around 10 euros. The…

After the lockdown, bad weather challenges the pineapple sector

It's not only the lockdown that has led to a collapse of pineapple sales, and above all, export problems. Recently, this exotic fruit has also been hit by bad weather (hurricanes) in Central America. This was confirmed by Luca Bernardini, owner of the 2M Exotic Fruits sold under the brand Anana'. "We…

Peruvian fruit export to China fell by more than 50% in the first half of 2020

The outbreak of Covid-19 had a disastrous impact on the international fruit market. Peruvian fruit export to China in the first half of this year declined by 56.4% in…

Kmitu

New Zealand: Aupōuri growers should pay for water if they use too much

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education is calling for better monitoring of groundwater levels at some Far North schools to make sure avocado irrigation does not affect them too…

Leisuretime 70

More than 160 Pacific workers for Northern Territory mango harvest

A plane has brought more than 160 South Pacific fruit pickers to the Northern Territory, to harvest mangoes after the COVID-19 crisis stopped many seasonal workers travelling.…

Avocados From Mexico

Avocado fall promotions focus on Hispanic heritage and giveaways

Avocados From Mexico (AFM) is kicking off the fall season with two new and promotional campaigns designed to elevate engagement and increase basket ring within grocery stores. This fall's Hispanic Heritage programming features a new partnership with Takis® Snacks, as well as a first-time contest from…

The ban on methyl chlorpyrifos will bring the impact of pests to record levels

"Valencian kaki producers will suffer losses exceeding 24 million Euro"

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) has denounced that the ban of the use of the active substance methyl chlorpyrifos in kaki cultivation and the lack of effective alternatives will bring the impact of pests to record levels. In fact, according to a technical study carried out…

Emirates SkyCargo flew over 10 million mangoes out of Pakistan this season

Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 10 million mangoes from Pakistan this season, flying the fruit to destinations all over the world. Mango, sometimes called the ‘king’ of…

"Our 2020 harvest is looking very promising - we’re off to a strong start"

Solid volumes and an exciting new brand for a major NSW avocado grower

A northern New South Wales avocado grower is recording exceptional premium pack-out rates in the first few weeks of picking. Comboyne Avocados Managing Director Kevin Debreceny says overall volumes are reasonable; and while current yield projections do not quite match the best harvest to date in 2018, it…

Leonardo Ortega, National Mango Board:

"We are identifying mango varieties that have potential for the industry in the US"

Research is a very important task for the National Mango Board. It is coordinated by Dr. Leonardo Ortega, who joined the NMB in 2007 as a research specialist and in 2008 was promoted to the position of Research Director. Dr. Leonardo Ortega Identification of mango varieties with the greatest potentialOne…

Paraguay

The pineapple harvest begins in Guayaibi

The pineapple harvest and their commercialization in the local market have already begun in the Paraguayan district of Guayaibi, in the department of San Pedro. This region…

Barmalini

Second Pakistani mango shipment arrives in Kunming

The second shipment of mangoes imported from Lahore has been flown into Kunming, Yunnan province. “The second consignment of 150 boxes of about 800 kilograms weight has…

Pending judicial review Szefei

Malaysian durian growers win reprieve as court halts eviction

The Kuantan High Court ordered authorities to suspend all enforcement and eviction measures against a group of durian farmers in Raub until their application for judicial…

FreshPlaza's avocado special

FreshPlaza will be focusing on avocados in our September special. There are many new challenges facing exporters and importers. In most countries the food service industry in up and running in some form, but how has that affected sales? Which countries have a big production and which countries are down?  ContributionIf you would…

Lenka Prusova

Vietnam: Dragon fruit growers demand closer bonds with Chinese market

Vietnamese dragon fruit growers believe their sales can be improved if links to one of Vietnam’s largest markets, China, were strengthened. Binh Thuan is one of the most…

Woravit Vijitpanya

Pakistan ships 7,000 tons of mangoes to Saudi Arabia

Pakistani traders have exported over 7,000 tons of mangoes to Saudi Arabia in the current year. This is nearly twice the volume exported last year. Pakistan Consul General in…

Rusel1981

Philippine durian growers ready for China GAP certification

Durian growers in the Davao Region, including small-scale farmers, claim they are ready for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification. This export certification is…

Kuehne+Nagel provides Dubai with avocados

Colombian superfood for the Middle East

Kuehne+Nagel has partnered with Colombian agricultural supplier Verdeex S.A. to deliver fresh avocados of the Hass variety to consumers in Dubai. These Hass avocados grow in…

Mohamad Ridzuan Abdul Rashid

China: Over $1.6 billion of durian imports in H1 of 2020

In 2019, China's durian imports witnessed a 47% year-on-year increase and this tropical fruit replaced cherries as the top fruit category imported by China in terms of value.…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 21-08-2020)

Mexico sent 357,000 cartons of Hass avocados to the EU in week 35

The week 35, Mexico sent 357,000 cartons of Hass avocados to the EU Mexico only supplied Hass, no greenskin avocados. Week 35 avocado shipments from Peru to Europe: 79,000 cartons of Greenskin avocados, 1,236,000 units of Hass avocados, totalling 1,342,000 units. The corresponding numbers for imports from…

Papaya fur combating hair loss John Fletcher

Turning this fruit into a mask protects the scalp

Progressive hair loss is still a problem for many men, and some women as well. Hair undergoes three cycle stages; through cyclical loss and new-hair growth however, the number…

Fresh Dominican avocados now allowed on the Chinese market

"The Protocol for Quarantine and Inspection of Fresh Dominican avocados Destined for the Chinese Market as Agreed Between the General Administration of Customs China and the…

Fifth episode of Avo Effect released: A Ripe Responsibility

West Pak Avocado, a California-based grower, packer, and distributor of premium avocados, just released its latest Avo Effect campaign video, Avocados - A Ripe Responsibility. The fifth episode for the company's ongoing 2020 series, this video covers the ethical responsibility of the avocado beyond its…

National Mango Board to hold 2020 referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a referendum among eligible first handlers and importers of fresh and frozen mangos to determine whether they favor the…

Big, sweet spring pineapples boost winter crop

Spring has come early for Australian pineapple producer Piñata Farms which is harvesting traditionally big spring fruit several weeks earlier than usual. Sales and marketing manager Rebecca Scurr said the early arrival of big fruit could be attributed to growing conditions at Wamuran, south-east…

Eric Broder Van Dyke

‘Japan expected to receive 50 percent more mangoes from Pakistan’

Japan is expected to receive 40 to 50 percent more mangoes from Pakistan this year as the latter country was successful in recent negotiations. Ambassador of Pakistan to…

Eco Farm Srl

Excellent stone fruit season in Sicily

Eco Farm, a Sicilian company growing and commercializing fruit products, has grown a lot over the past 20 years. It now covers over 1000 hectares producing table grapes, peaches, nectarines, apricots, persimmons, oranges and more, delivered all over the domestic territory and to a good part of Europe.…

National Economic Development Authority

Philippines: Large investment projects in Davao region - despite pandemic

Despite the crippling impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy of the Philippines, approved investment pledges registered in the Davao Region increased to P2.4 billion…

Ive Lambert, Starfruit

Avocado prices finally climbing

Lately, there's been an abundance of avocados at low prices on the market. However, in the last two weeks, these prices have started climbing. "Demand is rising, and the supply is decreasing a little. So, prices have recovered somewhat. Prices are stable again. We're back to a normal level for this time of year again," says Ive…

"Thai durian are expected to perform poorly in the Chinese market, at least for a short while"

The Chinese import market for fruit has not been great this year. This is the result of the outbreak of Covid-19 as well as poor weather conditions. Some importers have no choice but to give up some of their stock or significantly reduce their import volume in order to respond to changes in the market…

José Antonio Alconchel, manager of Alcoaxarquía:

"We expect a staggered mango harvest, without peaks in the production"

The greenhouse Tommy mango harvest has started in Malaga, although the production is limited, given that the most representative variety in terms of volume is the Osteen. "From week 36, the first greenhouse Osteen will start to be harvested, and in week 37, we will start with the open ground production,"…

Total Exotics tests Liquidseal

Post-harvest product test shows improved shelf-life on Hass avocados

Recently, Total Exotics finalized their test with the post-harvest product Liquidseal for Avocados ECO. For this test, avocados from Mexican origin were treated after arrival in The Netherlands. This late intervention test included storage in a cooler and at room temperature and was fully executed and…

New Straits Times

Malaysian durian growers cut down trees over Pahang Land Deal frustration

Several durian farmers in Raub, Pahang, have taken to cutting down their own fruit trees in protest of the impending takeover of their land. Hundreds of durian growers in the region were dissatisfied after they were accused of illegally occupying land owned by the state government. According to New…

Peruvian fruit exports to China fell by 56.4%

Chinese fruit imports have fallen considerably during the first half of 2020, decreasing by 28% compared to the same period of the previous year and totaling $ 4.44 billion, according to data published by the Fresh Fruit Peru website. 82 million dollars of this value (1.8%) correspond to fruit imports…

How retailers can use shifts in consumer needs to drive pineapple sales

About 85 percent of Americans have changed their food habits since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, according to a survey from The International Food Information Council. Among those shifts has been a growing preference for cooking at home instead of dining out (60 percent) and a shift toward…

Rasa Damkauskiene

Oman: Pomegranate season begins in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar

Growers in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar, in the governorate of A'Dakhiliyah, have begun harvesting their pomegranates. Pomegranates are the main economic crop in Al Jabal Al Akhdhar.…

Will Chile take advantage of low Australian avocado volume?

Avocados are in short supply in Australia just now, especially in Western Australia, this is mostly down to weather issues. A cold snap through flowering and then a couple of storms worsened the situation. “Demand for avocados is still high,” said Jennie Franceschi from Karri Country Produce. “It was…

Verba Odrec (Panama)

"The pineapple that is exported by air achieves a better ripening that highlights its sweetness"

Shipping pineapples by air has allowed the Panamanian company Verba Odrec, which has more than 70 years of experience in agricultural production, to diversify its export…

Chilean avocado is one step closer to entering South Korea

South Korea's Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) has published the proposed rule for the entry of Chilean avocados to its market, stated the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX). The document establishing the requirements to import Chilean avocados to Korea agreed between APQA and…

PDO Kaki Ribera del Xúquer expects the production to drop by 25 to 30%

The 2019/2020 campaign was a record-breaking one for the associates of the PDO Kaki Ribera del Xúquer, with 115,000 tons sold, but next season’s estimates point to a reduction…

"Mango consumption in US continues to grow and set new record in 2019”

The National Mango Board, the organization dedicated to the promotion, research, and dissemination of mango in the United States, is working so that North American consumers…

Peru plans to send more than 4,000 tons of Hass avocado to South Korea this season

Peru's growing Hass avocado production, a crop that was established in the country in the 1990s, has allowed it to become the third main global exporter of this sought-after…

Stella Rasmussen LLC: Peak season for popular exotics approaches

"Acceptance of Kenyan passion fruits increasing on European markets"

The peak season for passion fruit from Kenyan cultivation is approaching. In mid-September, the supply from the East African country will pick up speed, says Stella Rasmussen, managing director of the company of the same name. She is an expert in the field of Kenyan fruits and vegetables. "The most…

Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo:

'Nigeria could become Africa’s largest avocado producer by 2030'

According to former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria could be the largest producer of avocados by 2030. Obasanjo made this statement during a visit by the Avocado…

Traditional Stuttgart company focuses on exclusive tropical fruits and exotic fruits

"We start where other vendors stop"

It is becoming increasingly important for suppliers on the German fresh food markets to cover the market gaps and niches in the industry. This is the only way to distinguish themselves from the larger food retail markets in today's world. For the traditional Stuttgart company Werner Ebert LLC & Co, this…

Bruno Defilippi on Wednesday’s Professional Avocado Conference:

‘Event brings together the main researchers working on issues in Chile’

On Wednesday August 26, the first Professional Avocado Conference will be held, organized by Agricultural Seminars. At the event, five of the best researchers will participate…

South Africa: Lasizwe Dambuza on avocados

Reality television and YouTube star Lasizwe Dambuza has decided to take it upon himself to educate some people on avocados. He offers help to those who always struggle finding…

Avocado and mango, the main products shipped

French imports of Peruvian fruits increase by 12%

During the first half of 2020, French fresh fruit imports amounted to 3.235 billion dollars, i.e. 8% more than in the same period of 2019. Of that amount, 92 million dollars…

Michael Franks - Seeka

“It makes for an interesting dynamic, demand and prices for good quality fruit are strong"

New Zealand grower and produce company, Seeka, is two weeks into its New Zealand avocado export season. The company intends to export to Australia, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and possibly China this season with high demand for its quality fruit. “Although we started the main export season 2 weeks…

After earlier delays due to air freight costs and Customs problems Ilonai

Pakistan sends first mango consignment to China since epidemic

As early as the start of July, Pakistani commercial officials in Japan and Australia began to post mangoes on Twitter, but mangoes exported to China had not arrived yet at…

Henk van der Meij and Ad Toet, Hars & Hagebauer:

"Despite limited supply no shocking prices for mangoes and avocados"

Despite a limited supply, the mango market is not currently running hot. "The demand is very calm. If there were more, there would soon be a shortage of mangoes, but that is not the case at the moment. Prices are at a stable level," notes Henk van der Meij of Hars & Hagebauer. The mango supply mainly…

Exporters may gain access to the Peruvian market this campaign

Spanish kaki volume could be reduced by over 30%

The Spanish Rojo Brillante kaki campaign is expected to start around September 20. Last year's disastrous commercial results, which coincided with a record harvest, caused the uprooting of around 6% of the planted area. This year, yields are almost 20% lower than last season. Moreover, the presence of…

Extreme weather conditions reduce the number of commercially viable mangoes

Chinese production volume of Panzhihua mangoes declines by one third

Selenium-rich farming is a method where the agricultural crops are enriched with selenium, either by growing the crops in selenium-rich soil, adding selenium to the fertilizer, or spraying selenium-rich water on the leaves. The agricultural crops produced in this way are considered high quality and they…

Devaluation of Brazilian Real

Mango price soars near peak of Brazilian season

Brazilian mango production occurs throughout the whole year, but the peak of the season starts in the beginning of spring (Southern Hemisphere) and goes between October and December. Due to a strong devaluation of the Brazilian Real against the main world currencies, the fruit will see a strong price…

Alina Kholopova

COVID-19 still creates problems for Vietnam's longan

The People's Committee of Hung Yen province has stated that the Vietnamese province has more than 4,500 ha of longan. This year, the province is enjoying a bumper crop with an…

In spite of COVID-19: Eric Broder Van Dyke

Pakistan surpasses mango export target by 45,000 tons

Despite all the challenges arising from COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan has surpassed its mango export target by 45,000 tons. The All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters,…

Fruit Jungle Organics - Northern Territory Mangoes

"Our goal is to develop the certified organic market segments and increase our plantings for our brand."

A Northern Territory mango grower is hopeful that some late-flowering might help increase this season's crop size. Harvesting begun at some farms in Darwin in early July, with small volumes sent to market, to date. The owner of Fruit Jungle Organics, in Humpty Doo, Darren Hill says mango production in…

Somrut Dangthib

Mexico: Agri-food exports top $20 billion in H1 2020

According to a report by Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), the nation’s agri-food exports rose 4.26% to $20.68 billion during the first half of…

California can now access Chinese market

Chinese avocado imports plummet by 19%

The Chinese avocado market got off to a relatively late start. It was only in 2013 that avocados became part of that country's upper-middle-class' diet. The younger generation was also willing to try this new fruit. Initially, very few avocados were cultivated locally. Imports, therefore, increased…

The market anticipates the arrival of Spanish mangoes on week 36

"The drop in the price of avocados has caused the demand to grow"

The Spanish mango campaign is about to start in the Axarquía of Malaga, where the harvest of the Osteen, the most common variety, is expected to kick off in early September. "Imported mangoes have reached very high prices, so the European market is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spanish mangoes, given their…

Korean supermarket chain Lotte Mart bets on Peruvian Hass avocado

On August 13, the Korean supermarket chain Lotte Mart, one of the largest chains in Asia that has 136 stores in Korea and several dozen branches in other countries in the…

Officially staring sales in China

First 2020 pineapples from Panama arriving in China soon

Pineapples from Panama will arrive in China in the coming days and officially start their sales in this market. Fruit is an important export product of Panama, and their pineapples, the second-largest export fruit after bananas from this country, are world-renowned. They are high in sugar content,…

Tropical exporters announce successful pilots of shelf-life extending products

Hazel Technologies Inc. announced successful pilots with tropical fruit grower-shippers Seasons Farm Fresh and AMR Agro. Following continued testing with the Hazel™ line of products, each group will further integrate Hazel Tech® into their supply chains for mango, tropical avocado, rambutan, and soursop.…

Salajean

Vietnam: Dragon fruit exports given priority at Lao Cai border gate

In order to minimise wasted time and ensure the quality and value of the fruit, the Lao Cai Economic Zone management board has instructed local agencies to give priority to…

Stakeholders do not seem invested enough Coconutdreams

With some effort, India could become an avocado power house

Though, according to a 2019 report, there certainly is a demand for avocados in India, there was not a single functioning commercial avocado orchard in the country. That means…

Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy assures growers

Fiji: Agriculture Ministry to launch candy made from pawpaw and pineapple

In an attempt to minimise pawpaw and pineapple flooding the market, the Fijian government will soon be launching candy products made from these fruits. Minister for…

USDA sets referendum dates for Mango Research and Promotion Program

The US Departmentof Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service ((USDA AMS) has announced that, as required by statute, it will conduct a referendum for eligible first handlers…

Allexxandar

US senators want to increase pressure on Mexico in potatoes-for-avocados dispute

Several US senators issued a letter to the USDA and US Trade Representative on August 18th, intent on increasing the pressure on Mexico for more access to US potato producers.…

California grown Finger limes and avocados available in subscription boxes

Consumer interest for Citriburst Finger Limes is up as they are high in vitamin C, a key element for immune health. Direct connection with consumersMegan Shanley Warren says “Here at Shanley Farms we are big believers in communicating directly with our consumer fans. We reach out and communicate on a…

Apeel expands nationwide in Germany

The EDEKA Group and Apeel are further extending their joint commitment against food waste. The outcome of an extensive pilot test in about 2,900 selected EDEKA and Netto Marken-Discount stores has proven successful with a 50% reduction in avocado food waste, along with a significant increase in sales and…

Australian dragonfruit grower hopeful of an increase in demand as more production comes online

A Northern New South Wales dragonfruit grower would like to see consumption of the fruit in Australia grow, as more of his plants come online in coming seasons.   While North Byron Farms still has fruit on the trees this winter, the main consignments wrapped up in June. Owner Anthony Johnston says while 2020 was…

Openbaar Ministerie Rotterdam / OM

Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

More than 2 tons of cocaine found in fruit shipments

This weekend, customs officers at the port of Rotterdam discovered a total of 2,100 kilograms of cocaine hidden in two fruit shipments from Ecuador and Costa Rica. The drugs had a total street value of over 157 million euros, the Public Prosecution Service said. The first batch of 1,100 kilograms of…

Coles

Melbourne, Australia

Coles’ $43 million ripening facility completed

Supermarket giant Coles has completed the construction of its $43 million state-of-the-art ripening facility in Melbourne, featuring a 600 kw solar system. The ripening facility will house the produce of banana, avocado, and mango growers in North Queensland, and with the aid of its 1,790 solar panels…


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