Exotic fruit and vegetables

Peruvian organic ginger gains popularity

“We hope to have a 120% growth in ginger production this season”

While Chinese ginger dominates the global market, Peruvian ginger has been gaining ground in the past few years. The season this year began in May and is expected to wrap up in February, giving the product a large window of availability. Alonso Salcedo, the general manager and owner of Añawi Export says:…

Colombia sends its first shipment of Hass avocados to Japan

In the framework of the 39th National Agricultural Congress of the Society of Farmers of Colombia (SAC), the Minister of Agriculture, Andrés Valencia, announced the opening of…

Ecuador's cape gooseberry set to enter the US market

After 11 years of negotiations with the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Animal and Plant Health Regulation and Control Agency (Agrocalidad) has been…

Quince prices increase in southwestern Turkey

The selling prices of quinces increased in Denizli, a city located in southwestern Turkey. 70% of the products are exported to Russia and European countries. This season, the quince yield is around 15.000 tons. Hamdi Gemici, the president of Merkezefendi Chamber of Agriculture said that farmers grow…

"Ready-to-eat kiwifruit has big potential in China"

New season, locally grown kiwifruits are currently available in China. The season started with high prices, but prices have declined over recent weeks. In addition, heavy rainfall also affected the harvest in some production areas. Mr. Zhang Peng of Jinan So Sweet Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.…

Apple market not doing well

India: Disease causes spike in demand for kiwifruit

Kiwifruit from Chile has risen in popularity in India. Thanks to a disease that’s been spread by mosquitoes, consumers want to increase their immune system to counter this. The import of apples has come to an halt, as the Kashmir region is dealing with a major oversupply. The past few months have been…

Indian monsoon season has broken records, affects pomegranate season

The monsoon season in India has been very intense the past few months, so much so that it has even broken records. It’s had its effect on the current pomegranate harvest, but will be positive for the future harvests starting in January. The pomegranate harvest in India goes on year round, but there are…

After a good summer season, the pineapple market has completely crashed

Following a satisfactory summer, the pineapple market completely disintegrated in September. Demand lagged due to far too much supply on the market. As a result, by midway through September, prices had fallen by half. Pineapple acreage in Costa Rica, which is the pineapple market leader, is still…

Floris-Jan van Os, Kakifresh Nature

“With kakis, later is better”

Up until recently, the kaki was practically unknown to Dutch and Belgian consumers. There is still a lack of general knowledge about this fruit. The prospects for the Spanish season that started in October are good. Expectations for the season“There is ample availability on the market this season,” says Floris-Jan van Os of the…

Increased fig volume this season from Mexico

Fig supplies are transitioning out of California to Mexico. “California is winding down. They always do at this time of year or they’re finished,” says Paul Catania of Catania Worldwide based in Mississauga, Canada. “This season, because of warmer temperatures, we’ve been running about a month longer out…

Al Shahed from Egypt opens branch in Brazil

Agro producer and exporter of olives, olive oil and garlic, Al Shahed, now has a branch in Brazil with its own staff and goods for immediate delivery.  As the Mercosur-Egypt free…

Nele Moorthamers, Zespri Europe:

"Growing popularity of SunGold kiwi has no negative effect on consumption of green kiwi"

"Four more weeks before the New Zealand kiwi season comes to an end. For SunGold, we have switched to Italian fruit since the end of week 42 and the green kiwis are also switching to European products by the end of November,” says Nele Moorthamers, marketing manager of Zespri Europe. “We are very…

Chinese kiwi fruit encounters sales difficulties

Many Chinese kiwi fruit farmers are disappointed. The market conditions were great last year. The price set a record high. In some supermarkets the kiwi fruit sold for as much…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi Fresh Market

“Limited supply causing high prices in the Belgian exotics market”

“The mango season in the Spanish region of Malaga is nearing its end. This means supplies are dwindling. However, there is still a very high demand for mangos. Prices are, therefore, stable, albeit on the high side," says Jan Vermeiren. He is from the Belgian import company, Exofi Fresh Market. “Where…

Bergamia - a new bergamot cooperative

Innovation, sustainability and nutrition form the basis of a new cooperative of bergamot growers from the Reggio Calabria province. Bergamia is located in Brancaleone and Locri and was strongly wanted by Patea. Its role is to constitute a link between the vast local agricultural sector and the domestic…

The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of date palm fruit

Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) is the most popular fruit in the Middle East and North Africa. There are currently over 100 million date trees cultivated globally, most of which are in the Middle East (approximately 90%). The anatomy of the date fruit at Tamr stage showing the epicarp, mesocarp,…

Avocados, a possible alternative to citrus production in Spanish province of Castellón

In the Spanish province of Castellon, avocado cultivation is increasingly perceived as a viable alternative to the production of Clemenules, which does not always guarantee economic profitability for the grower. "Avocados have potential. The province's climate is ideal and the fruit is sold for high…

Colombia has new packinghouse for the export of pitahayas to Chile

Colombia has a new packing plant enabled for the export of yellow pitahaya with quarantine hot steam treatment to Chile. The RANS SAS plant has been approved by both the…

Warm temperatures slow down harvest of California persimmons

California persimmons are delayed slightly in production which will lead to solid availability until Christmas. “There’s a nice crop of persimmons. And this year there’s a delayed start due to warm weather—it’s about five days later,” says Aron Gularte of Fresh Farms based in Kingsburg, Ca. “We haven’t…

Innovative pomegranate varieties

The campaign of Purple Queen® pomegranates is over. The early variety is much appreciated by consumers thanks to its sweet flavor and lack of woody arils.  Despite ripening being at least one week late due to the weather, the Brix level reached 17%, so the juice can be 100% natural without the need for added sugars. Sweet pomegranate…

Higher volumes and solid demand makes for a promising season

Thailand wants to open market to Greek kiwis, Latin America also potential market

The Greek kiwi season had a better start than anticipated. Although harvesting is nowhere near done yet, volumes appear to be higher and demand seems to be on the up this early in the season. What’s more is the Greek government has been lobbying to open the market in Thailand for the kiwis from Greece.…

Fourth permanent display of Egyptian-made goods in Brazil

Egyptian products showcased in São Paulo

Egypt’s Commercial Office in São Paulo has launched a permanent exhibit of Egyptian-made items by 33 different companies at its headquarters on Paulista Avenue. Thirty-three Arab companies are showcasing their products as of Wednesday morning in the fourth permanent display of Egyptian-made goods in…

New Zealand kiwifruit export values slowed down slightly in September

Kiwifruit export values for New Zealand slowed down a bit over September, however remaining on a record pace for the season. The ASB commodities report said after bumper…

Pedro Varela, of TC Fruits:

"The Spanish kiwifruit production is expected to fall by 20% and prices will rise"

The Spanish kiwifruit campaign is already starting with limited volumes, although there won't be a more considerable supply until early December. The harvest is expected to be low, just like in many other European producing countries, so prices will surely be high. "We have been selling early kiwifruit from…

Mexico's avocado production increases by 5.7%

In the period between January and September 2019, Mexican avocado production reached 1,637,734 tons, i.e. 5.7% more than the 1,549,444 tons harvested in the same period of 2018. According to the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), the area planted with avocado in that period…

"Red cape gooseberry prices stable this season in Heilongjiang, China"

Red cape gooseberry is a specialty fruit from Northeastern China. The production this season in Jixi is stable and quality is high. Huang Dianling, Manager of Haolong Manor Fushai Fruit and Vegetable Industrial Park, talked about this fruit that still needs to be discovered by a lot of consumers. “Red cape…

Jean-Baptiste Pinel, Primland:

More Oscar kiwis produced in France this year

The campaign of the French green kiwis will start soon. The first producers of Primland will begin the harvest this week. “Compared to last year, we will have slightly bigger volumes,” reports Jean-Baptiste Pinel, director of the company. “This is a rather good thing, because it seems that the…

Italian green kiwi slows down, excellent expectations for golden and red varieties

Since last September, the global kiwi market has been lacking in both golden and green varieties. This was reflected in a good overseas demand for premature golden and green…

Colombian Hass avocado gains entry to the Chinese market

The protocols for the export of Colombian Hass avocado to China were activated last July. The Silica Trading SAS company, which is dedicated to representing Colombian products…

Peter Abma, Lema:

"We expect the first arrival of Greek Soreli kiwis next week"

Over the course of this week, Lema is expecting the first organically grown Soreli kiwis from Greece. "Our Sorelias come from a small project, about 70 km west of Thessaloniki," says Peter Abma of Lema. “From next week we will have 60 tonnes of Soreli available for a period of approximately four weeks.…

Afghanistan: Pomegranate exports 2019 drop by 50%

Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) expects pomegranates export to drop by 50% this year. Its officials have cited high custom tariffs on pomegranates from Pakistan as the major factor behind the considerable fall in pomegranate exports. Afghanistan exported up to 70,000 tons of…

Dorì organic kiwifruits stand out

350 tons of organic kiwifruits were produced by Dorì in 2019. Giampaolo Dal Pane showcased golden kiwifruits at Fruit Attraction in Madrid and feedback was great. Dorì golden kiwifruits in a crate "This is the first year we have produced a considerable amount, mainly in the Veneto region, as we have a…

Peru seeks to recover its Creole passion fruit variety

The introduction of Colombian and Brazilian passion fruit varieties in Peru and their production at a commercial level has impaired the profitability, export, and…

"Vietnamese dragon fruit has clear advantage in the Chinese market"

Dragon fruit is quite a popular fruit in the Chinese market. In addition to domestic supply, the Chinese market also imports a large volume of dragon fruit from Vietnam every year. This year, the Chinese government implemented strict measures for quarantine, inspection, and food safety standards, as well…

Price drops nearly 60%

China: Kiwi fruit started high but prices continue to decline

Early-season kiwi fruit varieties from production areas in Shaanxi have already been on the market for more than 3 months. Now the mid-season and late-season varieties are also on the market. Manager Yang of Shaanxi Peng Shengda Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. recently talked about the market…

First shipments of California Red Kiwi

Red kiwifruit grown in California is now in season. Suppliers are in the process of shipping out the early fruit. However, it's only going to be a short season - about three weeks - as growers and shippers alike try out the market and gauge the fruit's acceptance. "We have just received our first…

Sutherland Seedlings – Shaun Biggs

New Eastern Cape avocado nursery to unlock potential in southern provinces

Avocado expansion in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape is being limited by access to trees – current waiting lists for clonal avocado seedlings run to 2025 in South Africa at the moment – but a new avocado nursery under construction just north of Gonubie, in the Eastern Cape, aims to address the need.…

Turkish fig season ends, but Mexican figs are ready to fill the gap

The Turkish fig season has ended, but for one exporter this does not mean the end of the fig season overall. After including figs from Peru into their arsenal, Mexican figs are also included. It’s all part of the 365 days of fig project that the Turkish trader announced during Fruit Logistica in…

Kiwifruit solutions for reducing waste during processing

The Italian kiwifruit harvest is starting and to maintain the just-picked quality and freshness of this fruit, AgroFresh offers in its portfolio two solutions that helps to…

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…

Malaga's Hass avocado prices are expected to match high import prices

Malaga's Hass avocado production, which will be harvested within a month or a month and a half, will coincide with the Mexican and Chilean production, whose fruit is being imported to Europe at very high prices (between 18 and 20 euro for a box of four kilos). Even though it is still too early to know…

Peru is working to increase avocado exports to Chile

The Minister of Agriculture, Jorge Montenegro, stated that Peru was currently working to increase the volumes of its avocado exports to Chile. According to Montenegro, even…

Sous Fresh is INI Farms’ exclusive distributor in Europe

“Pomegranate arils and coconut chunk sales show enormous growth spurt”

This year, Sous Fresh started importing pomegranates arils from India. This company is based in Venlo, the Netherlands. These products meet not only a processing industry need. They are also needed in the retail sector. “In one fell swoop, we became the second-largest importer in the Netherlands,” says…

Guava varieties gaining traction in the US

Florida guava growers are experiencing the slower fall season at the moment. Most varieties of guava are available year-round, but production fluctuates with the seasons. During the warmer summer season, guava supplies are stronger, but during fall it's another story. "Thai and Mexican guava is usually…

Indian garlic prices surge sharply as rain hits supply

After onions, the prices of garlic have jumped sharply over the last one month. This was due to the lower availability of last year’s crop. Data compiled by Nashik-based…

Demand for Italian pomegranates peaks between Christmas and February

"The Wonderful One pomegranate campaign is starting. Harvesting began last week and will end in late October. At the moment, quality is excellent but quantities are low. Our fruits have large grades and a deep red color," explains Giacomo Galdiero, CEO of Aop Luce. "Blossoming was slightly late this year, but…

Malaysia's frozen durian exports to China drive demand for pulp

“Durian exports from Malaysia have skyrocketed since the shelled durian gained access to China in May 2019. Within just one month from July to August, our company exported 675 tons to China, nearly 4 times that of last year,” Luo Sheng, Manager of Malaysia company KAMI FOOD SERVICES SDN BHD said. Mr.…

China: Is locally produced fruit really that expensive?

Recently, Yuan Li, a famous Chinese actor posted a status on Weibo complaining about the fruit prices in China, which triggered a heated discussion among netizens, and the post soon became one of the top searched for topics. Attentive readers found that the pomegranate purchased by Yuan was a red diamond…

Chinese kiwi fruit market in a depression

The last week of October and the first week of November are known in China as 'Frost Descends'. This is when the temperatures drop. And if the weather is bad, the kiwi fruit…

Promising bacterial extract to control Hass avocado diseases

The worldwide production of avocados is around 4.2 millions of tons per year and Colombia is the fourth largest avocado producer in the world, producing roughly 5% of the global avocado production and it holds an excellent exportation potential. However, sales are limited in some markets due to deficient…

Vietnamese farmers succeed in growing exotic fruits

Several successful Vietnamese growers have grown various types of exotic fruits with a productivity and quality as high as imported fruits. This means that domestic consumers…

The Cumelo: Italian regional product in Dutch supermarkets

A new product was introduced to the fresh produce section at Jumbo, a Dutch supermarket chain, this summer - the Cumelo. The Cumelo is an Italian regional product. There it is known as the Barattiere. The Greenery exclusively sells this product to the Dutch market. Gerard van Loon of Greenery Italia…

A video interview to Giorgio Geraci, vicepresident of the new farmers' cooperative

How the San Cono prickly pear's DOP mark was saved

The prickly pear production chain has about 4,000 hectares of cultivation, with a production of 70,000 tons per year. The most important areas are those of the Etna's and San Cono's prickly pear; the last one alone covers 60% of the entire regional surface. We're talking about a rather young economy, which…

Chile inches closer to opening up South Korean market for its avocados

Within the framework of the Chilean government's strategy to diversify markets and opportunities in Asian Pacific countries, Chile has held a series of meetings with various…

New facilities in Mexico could process 1,000 tons of avocados per day

The construction of a new warehouse for the importation and distribution of avocados in Mexico will allow processing more than 1,000 tons of product per day, stated the president of the Association of Avocado Producers, Packers, and Exporters of Mexico (APEAM), Gabriel Villaseñor. According to…

Peruvian producers must have realistic expectations for pitahaya

"The pitahaya is interesting to developing markets, but producers must be very careful about their expectations and the fruit's commercial sustainability," said Jose Castillo, head of the Regional Headquarters of Sierra and Selva Exportadora, an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation…

Peruvian pomegranate, grape, and avocado exports to Russia increase

During the first nine months of 2019, Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports to Russia grew by 17% in value and volume when compared to the same period of 2018. “The country…

Ozone treatment might open new markets for yellow kiwis

Yellow kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis ‘Soreli’) is becoming a more important crop worldwide due to its pleasant taste and levels of beneficial bioactive compounds. However,…

Pulled Jackfruit: A meat substitute

An increasing number of people are choosing a (partially) vegetarian diet, or they are trying to decrease the amount of meat they eat. Before, this kind of dietary choice was made mainly for animal welfare of health reasons. Now, more and more people are choosing this path for environmental reasons. If…

Spanish council of Piloña accounts for 40% of Asturian kiwifruit production

The Asturian council of Piloña has become one of the main producers and distributors of kiwifruit in Asturias. This is to thank to the production company Vega d'Aguín, founded 20 years ago by Manuel Cimas and his wife, Emilia Fernández. This season's production will stand at 200 tons; however, the…

15,000 hectares devoted to the crop's production

Working group for avocados created in Spain

The expansion of Spain's avocado acreage has led Asaja to consider it necessary to create a working group for this crop. All growing provinces should be represented in that…

Researchers investigate the avocado genes related to root rot tolerance

The Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training Institute of Andalusia (Ifapa), located in Malaga, and the University of Pretoria (South Africa), are conducting a joint study on the avocado genes related to root rot tolerance in the Andalusian coast. Researchers are analyzing the seed plant's…

RaboResearch senior analyst Roland Fumasi:

“US market has significant growth opportunities for NZ kiwifruit”

The US market holds significant growth potential for New Zealand kiwifruit exporters, however an ongoing focus on consumer education and development of value-added products…

Innovative hydroponic system for fig cultivation

The green sector company Grupo Projar will present its innovative hydroponic system for the cultivation of fig trees in the new edition of Fruit Attraction, the International Fair for the Fruit and Vegetable Sector, held from October 22 to 24 in Madrid. After conducting a trial in an experimental center,…

Chinese red heart kiwi fruit can be stored for 8 months

The peak period of sales season is already over for red heart kiwi fruit in Guizhou production areas. Mr. Duan Shaohua of Liupanshui City Agricultural Investment Development recently talked about the market conditions for Chinese red heart kiwi fruit. The harvest season for red heart kiwi fruit in Guizhou…

Will natural disasters push up the price of Chinese kiwi fruit?

Some kiwi fruit production areas in Xiuwen County, Guizhou, suffered from hail, while kiwi fruit production areas in Sichuan suffered from excessive rain. Some of the fruit…

Mango consumption in Spain increases by 277% in 5 years

Although Spain's mango production is still small, both the volume and sales of this product are increasing annually. In 2018, Spain was the fruit's third largest European importer (accounting for 10% of all imports), only behind the United Kingdom (where mangoes are widely consumed by the Asian…

Closing out the 2019 avocado season

This season, Avocados from Peru (AFP) continued to exceed expectations. Peru’s commitment to sustainable and socially responsible agricultural practices, and its reputation as…

Zespri researches basics to increase sales in the US

The US is a comparatively recent market for Zespri ,which previously looked much more to China and Japan for growth. However, the kiwifruit marketer opened a pan-American office in 2017. Last year, US sales reached almost $100 million, an annual increase of 50 percent, and Zespri chief grower David…

Serving up avo-audits

In the run-up to the PMA Fresh Summit 2019, the sales and marketing team at West Pak Avocado is in high gear. Spearheading many of the efforts for the event is Vice President of Sales & Business Development Joe Nava, a recent hire for the Murrieta, California, based grower, packer, shipper, and distributor of premium avocados.…

Fyffes launches its new exotics range in Madrid

As part of its “Discover More” campaign Fyffes is inviting retailers to take a fresh look at premium ranging opportunities. From banana to avocado, Fyffes is keen to work with retail partners to change the perspective on the commoditized tropical fresh produce sector by bringing a new energy to the…

AVA-ASAJA

Theft of avocados in Valencia gives rise to a black market

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) and the Association of Avocado Producers (ASOPROA) are denouncing a wave of theft of avocados in Valencian fields, especially in the region of Camp de Morvedre. The subtropical crop is attracting the interest of thieves because of the high…

Grown in Italy and South Africa in the three varieties; Green, Gold and Red

First grower of year-round Organic and Demeter kiwis

Agricolli Bio has grown in the last six years. The young start-up from back then has matured into a world-wide supplier of organic and Demeter kiwis. Conventional and in-transition kiwis are available from growers that are preparing their switch to bio. Keeping its base in the heart of the kiwi…

New Mexico home for Jujubes?

Could Jujube fruit be an alternative fruit crop for New Mexico? That’s an idea one university is developing following varietal trials of the red-brown colored fruit which are also known as Chinese dates. Shengrui Yao, an extension fruit specialist with New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and…

Corsican clementine supply down 15%

The volumes of clementines from Corsica are 15% down on last year. “Because the quantities are small, the campaign will only last until the end of December. There won’t be any left in January,” explains Armand Fabre of the company Armand Fabre. The marketing of the clementines from Corsica will begin in…

Joaquín Rey, of Fruitgrowing Quality:

"New KIBI Gold and Red KIBI varieties have a future in the Iberian Peninsula"

Two new kiwifruit varieties, a red-fleshed one and a yellow-fleshed one, are about to be presented at the international fruit and vegetable fair Fruit Attraction, held in Madrid. They will be marketed under the KIBI Gold and Red KIBI brands. Kibi Gold "They are two varieties of the Actinidia chinensis family…

New coconut brand makes eating fresh coconut accessible

N&K (part of the KINOBÉ Groupe in France) and Joko Impex (the largest coconut importer in the Netherlands) have jointly launched a new coconut brand. The new brand has a striking design and the name Tic-Toc-Coco. With this new brand, N&K and Joko want to convince consumers that the coconut is tasty and…

Cravo

First avocados grown under an automated retractable roof greenhouse

Katrina and Tim Myers, from Barham Avocados, based in New South Wales, Australia, posted an updated video of their avocado trees, one year after the transplant. The avocados are…

Kiwifruit is going to be tested as a sleeping aid

Australasian conference Sleep DownUnder will take place in Sydney, Australia from October 17-19. There will be discussions on a variety of new sleep aids to help New…

Official start of the campaign

Mollar de Elche pomegranate harvest reduced by 20%, down to 45,000 tons

The campaign of the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Granada Mollar de Elche has officially started with the symbolic "first cut", carried out by José Gómez, general director of the company Joselito. "Joselito ham and Mollar de Elche pomegranates are two good examples of the fusion between gastronomy…

Trucco announces launch of kiwi facility in New Jersey

A.J. Trucco, an importer and distributor of kiwifruit, blueberries, citrus, grapes, other fruits, and chestnuts, recently announced the opening of their first wholly-owned and dedicated facility to kiwifruit. The state-of-the-art facility officially opened last fall in Vineland, NJ, and will serve as a…

Lively demand for exotic fruit in central-southern Italy and northern Europe

Demand for exotic fruit is rather lively. It is a good moment for soursop (cherimoya), mangoes and avocados while citrus fruit, clementines and lemons are late. The summer fruit season is ending and, after the bad weather of around twenty years ago, temperatures have gone up, meaning the…

Giovanni Galatà's (Op Orizzonte) remarks

Shipping kiwifruit overseas is easier and cheaper than to Europe and Italy

The kiwifruit season started in early September, whereas for citrus season we'll have to wait until November. “For the kiwifruit, we're expecting a good year in terms of quality, with numbers similar to last year's: roughly 5.000 tons of the Hayward variety and 230 tons of yellow Soreli kiwifruit,…

"Chinese pomegranates suffer slow sales but top-quality produce still popular"

The Chinese production season of soft-seed pomegranates officially opened in the middle of August and is currently in full swing. The unique environmental conditions in Chinese pomegranate orchards result in fruit with a high nutritional value. The pomegranates are particularly rich in vitamins and…

Plane forced to make emergency landing due to stinking shipment of durians

After 37 minutes of flight, the pilots of an Air Canada plane were forced to declare a Pan-Pan alert, the second-highest level of emergency in a flight, because the smell of a…

Xinjiang red jujube growers switching to winter jujubes for better prices

Winter jujubes from Xinjiang have been available on the market for some time, and the sales season of red jujubes is about to kick off. Recently, Mr. Li Jianguang, the head of…

The Kingdom of Eswatini’s only commercial avo producer

The avocado harvest has come to an end at Hill Estate, currently the only commercial avocado producer in the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), with very strong demand for its late-season fruit. Hill Estate is a grower-partner of Halls which markets their avocados. Hill Estate is a mid to late…

Freshtasia wants to bring more variety into the vegetable ranges

Berlin start-up is dedicated to cultivating Asian vegetable specialties

On some 1,600 m2, Ralf and Rongrong Szydlewski have recreated a little piece of Asia. In their greenhouse in Kladow, Indian spinach, snake beans, Vietnamese cilantro or Shiso,…

Ukraine increases exotic fruit imports

The consumption of fresh fruits in Ukraine is increasing year by year. Earlier, the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA) reported that Ukraine has updated the…

Seedless avocados have the same taste but are a lot safer

Avocado is one of the most popular fruits worldwide. Most diets recommend it because it is a rich source of energy and nutrients, such as vitamin K, C, B5, B6, among others.…

The south of the Iberian Peninsula is an ideal region for avocado cultivation

The south of the Iberian Peninsula is the only region in continental Europe with a significant commercial avocado production. Worldwide, a total of close to 6 million tons are…

Peruvian Hass avocado for industrial use enters the Mexican market

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jorge Luis Montenegro, stated that Peru's Hass avocados for industrial use have managed to enter the Mexican market after more than…

Eric Lagache, KINOBÉ Group:

"Avocado prices will probably remain high until end of the year”

This year, the avocado market is characterized by a strong demand and a relatively weak offer. For Eric Lagache, CEO of KINOBÉ Group, the situation is likely to persist for some time. “The upcoming arrival of the Spanish avocados should not have any significant influence on the market. We are currently…

Dr. Esraa Assaf on the Egyptian pomegranates

“Harvest of our Wonderful pomegranates was slightly delayed”

The season for pomegranates has just started in Egypt and will continue for about six weeks. The harvest was slightly delayed, but by now some of the packing of pomegranates has already begun. The market is under pressure though, as multiple countries are pushing the fruit. “We’ve just started with the…

Produce IT's Ruud Kester grows and exports Mexican avocados to the US and Europe

"Avo market situation boosts start-up business"

Ruud Kester had a conversation with an American at a networking party in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This lead to the founding of Produce IT in that country at the beginning of the year. "He came up with the idea of supplying me with Mexican avocados," says Ruud. "In the end, we combined our plans. Since…

Companies work together to better promote Boerica kiwifruits

Boerica® is definitely a valid alternative to the popular Hayward green kiwifruit variety. Boerica® fruits stand out for their bright green flesh, oblong shape and higher weight.  The University of Bologna observed that the average weight of the fruits harvested at the same time as the Hayward variety was of…

"Our organic mango and avocado volumes are going to grow in the coming years"

Last week, the first Bacon smooth greenskin avocados started to be marketed on the coast of Granada and Malaga, with lower production volumes compared to the previous season. "The quality tests already revealed minimum levels of fat content (19 degrees), which means that they are ready to be shipped to…

Excellent market prospects for Malaysian durians in China

The retail season of fresh Malaysian durians begins every year in June and continues until the end of August. The supply of frozen durian can last all year. Manager Yang of Jinyangzhuang Trade Co., Ltd. recently shared insight in the market conditions of Malaysian durian in China. "This year, up until now,…

Demand for prickly pears on the up

"The prickly pear campaign in San Cono is still underway with a good quality, higher prices than average and lively demand. The only issue is the lack of labor, which in turn means a few batches were not harvested when the high temperatures hastened ripening," reports Francesco Grassenio, President of OP…

On tenth anniversary

Chilean Kiwi Committee presents its new roadmap

“In recent times, we have learned a lot about kiwis, where they are produced, the best production and adaptation systems, what areas are good, regular, and bad… You have to know how to endure in business, and the people who persevere have a great future.” This was part of the speech made by the Minister of…

Pomegranate, an antioxidant, healing, and aphrodisiac fruit

Pomegranates, which are originally from Iran and have been produced since prehistoric times, stand out for their high antioxidant content, their richness in phytochemicals,…

Research on the viability of fig tree cultivation in Almeria's greenhouses

The University of Almería and Anecoop, with the support of the Provincial Council, have carried out a research project to analyze the viability of the cultivation of fig trees in greenhouses, especially those located in the Lower Andarax. The idea is to take advantage of the commercial opportunities…

Colombia negotiates the entry of Hass avocados into South Korea

The advances of the negotiation for the entry of Colombian Hass avocado to South Korea were reviewed within the framework of the celebration of the second Committee on…

How NZ kiwifruit can break into the US market

Rabobank's Senior Horticulture Analyst Roland Fumasi has stated that although almost 100 per cent of all US kiwifruit comes from California, that doesn't mean New Zealand…

"We expect to export more kiwis than last season"

The kiwi-season hasn’t started just yet, but one Greek exporter is expecting a promising kiwi season. After they finished the expansion of their refrigeration facilities it is now expected they will increase the volumes of kiwi-export to 5000 tons this season. “We are looking forward to a promising…

Oscar van Reisen, Anjamar Fruit:

"There is still enormous potential for greater European avocado consumption"

Try to be excellent in a limited number of products, rather than supplying as many products as possible. That is Anjamar Fruit's motto in a nutshell. Oscar van Reisen, from the Netherlands, started at this company in Malaga last year. He is this Spanish exotics producer's Commercial Director. "People…

Harvesting of G3 golden kiwis about to start

"We are waiting for the technicians to give us the go-ahead but, based on the dry matter content and Brix level of our G3 Zespri golden kiwis, I believe harvesting is about to start," explained Antonio Medri, owner of a company located in Riolo Terme (Ravenna), during a technical visit on October 4th,…

The Mexican region of Aguascalientes harvests its first pitahayas

The head of Sedrae, Manuel Alejandro Gonzalez Martinez, reported that the producers of the municipality of Calvillo, which three years ago received the support from the…

Nevertheless, these specialties remain niche product within German trade

Quinces are enjoying increasing popularity in the trade

Quince have always been a marginal phenomenon for German retailers. The import of these fruits (especially from Turkey) has barely increased in recent years. Between 2014 and 2018, import volumes fluctuated around 3,200 to 3,800 tonnes (see chart), according to the German Federal Agency for Agriculture and…

Kiwifruit brand ready to showcase programs, packaging & promotions at PMA

Zespri is encouraging retailers to wander to the Zespri booth to see the new look and feel of the SunGold clam pack; taste a Kiwirita or super smoothie; and join the fun by playing S’KIWI Ball against industry friends. The company's regional and international staff will meet with retailers and industry…

“Israeli pomegranate production up 20% from last year”

Pomegranate production in Israel is divided into two seasons: the season for the early varieties and the main season which produces the Wonderful variety. The early season, which produces varieties such as Acco and Emek, is wrapping up now and the season for the Wonderful variety will begin this month.…

"Asian clients are driving force behind loquat consumption in Australia"

The loquat is a popular fruit in Asia, but the fruit is not well known in other countries. One company began to cultivate the loquat in Australia in 2007. Oz Diamond Fresh Pty., Ltd. took over control of the plantation in 2017 and began to expand the Australian market share of the loquat. Furthermore,…

Chinese winter jujubes rush the market, but price remains "cold"

Chinese jujubes recently entered the market but the market conditions are less than ideal. The Huanghua jujubes sell for around 2 yuan [0.28 USD] per 0.5 kg, while the…

-12% compared to the same period of 2018

Chile exported 150,550 tons of kiwis between January and September 2019

According to the latest Kiwi Report issued by the Chilean Kiwi Committee, the country has exported 150,550 tons of this fruit so far this year, i.e. 12% less than the 171,519 tons exported in the same period of 2018. The main kiwi variety exported is the Hayward variety, which accounts for 97% of all…

Spanish scientists analyze the genetic diversity of Vietnamese lychees

The Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora, formed by the CSIC and the University of Malaga (UMA), has recently participated in a study on the diversity of lychee and other related wild species in Vietnam. The study, entitled 'Analysis of the genetic diversity of lychees…

China: "Kiwi fruit volume in Mei county is 20% larger than last year"

The retail season of early-season kiwi fruit from production areas in Shaanxi began two months ago, and now is the time for the mid-season and late-season varieties to enter the market. Manager Yang of Shaanxi Pengshengda Agricultural Development Co., Ltd., recently shared his views on the market…

Les Saveurs de Jade

France: Exotic fruits and citrus grown in greenhouses

Growing exotic and citrus fruits in Brittany, France, is possible. On his three hectares of greenhouses, Gilles Le Bihan grows pitayas, finger limes, aloe vera and many other products. He is one of the few in Europe to do so on his farm, “Les Saveurs de Jade”. “We started four years ago with a pitaya…

Imports fail to bring down onion prices in India

Although shipments of Iranian and Afghanistani onions have been steadily arriving over the last week, these imports failed to provide any relief to the consumers as traders…

Mexico expects to export 2 million tons of avocado by 2030

The Mexican avocado market has been increasing for 15 years. Its annual demand allows Mexico to market more than 635,000 tons of this product virtually around the world. According to forecasts, by 2030 exports will reach 2 million tons. According to Luis Doporto Alejandre, a Mexican businessman who is…

Ecuadorian investors are interested in the avocado from Honduras

Representatives of the Ecuadorian company IMPOEX met with the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) of Honduras, Mauricio Guevara, to discuss the export of…

Colombian Hass avocado exporters are having one of their best moments

Entrepreneurs dedicated to the production and marketing of Hass avocado are currently experiencing one of their best moments. Colombian exports of this fruit in the first half…

Zurich garlic center SOSU satisfied with current sales

"Demand for unprocessed and peeled garlic is about balanced out"

Garlic as a raw material or processed product is increasingly becoming an integral part of the home kitchen. The once exotic product is now imported in large volumes from China…

Azerbaijan: Bilasuvar region exports pomegranates to Russia

Azerbaijan is one of the largest pomegranate producers in the world, exporting its pomegranates to a number of countries. One of the country’s pomegranate-producing regions,…

Ive Lambert, Starfruit

"Horrible shortages and high prices on the avo market"

“There are horrible shortages of Hass avocados at the moment. Especially in the larger 14, 16, and 18  sizes. We are getting very little supply. Prices have, therefore, skyrocketed," says Ive Lambert of Starfruit. “The South African and Peruvian seasons are currently coming to an end. The first Colombian avocados…

Almost 40 hectares of avocados planted in the Taranto province

"Avocado consumption is increasing, not only on a global level, but in Italy as well. A further growth in domestic demand will probably occur when there will be the chance to finally purchase domestic produce. Currently, the producer countries are Mexico, Peru, Israel and Spain. Market prices are…

International markets set their sights on Colombian avocados

Colombia, a country that is able to grow a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products, thanks to its climatic diversity, has been increasingly betting on the agricultural sector by promoting different programs, especially on pest control and phytosanitary requirements for export. While…

"Smooth distribution of organic Chinese dragon fruit - volumes are growing"

At this is the time of year domestic dragon fruit and imported dragon fruit enter the Chinese market at the same time. There is a great variety in both the product variety and the sizes of the dragon fruit currently available in the market. The retail of imported dragon fruit is relatively slow, but the…

Quince harvest satisfies Turkish producers

Geyve, Sakarya, a city located in northwestern Turkey, has started to harvest quince. Farmers expressed their satisfaction with the high yields and the quality this season. After the harvest, quinces are sorted depending on their quality, then prepared for exports. Quinces are exported to the…


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