Exotic fruit and vegetables

Mexico sends 78,000 tons of avocado to the US for Cinco de Mayo

Mexican avocados are on their way to the United States for Cinco de Mayo, the biggest Mexican celebration in the US. Mexico has sent 78,000 tons of avocado to the US, which…

“We are close to registering two new kiwi varieties”

A cooperation of four kiwi companies involved in the kiwi industry will be presenting two new varieties of yellow flesh kiwi soon. Greek kiwi exporter Zeus is one of the companies involved, together with one other Greek and two Italian ones. After years of research and experimenting the group feels they…

Taiwanese guava promises good profits for the Dominican Republic

Guava is a well-known fruit throughout the Dominican Republic because it easily adapts to different climate conditions, soil, altitude above sea level, natural enemies, etc.…

Bert Barmans, Zespri Europe

“This year we can sell 15-20% more SunGold kiwis”

The first kiwis are on their way from New Zealand to the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. They are expected to arrive by the end of April. "Sales will start in week 18," says Bert Barmans, General Manager of Zespri Europe. "We have an increased volume of SunGold kiwis this year. We can sell 15 to 20% more…

Ugur Özkök, H. Ehmann Fruchthandels GmbH Nachf.:

"Demand for exotics will drop off after Easter in favor of stone fruit"

At the Hamburg wholesale market, the fruit importers are currently in a transitional phase. In the week before Easter, exotic fruits such as mangos and papayas are well received, but after this event demand is expected to return to normal, with stone fruit gradually coming to the fore, says Ugut Özkök,…

An award-winning goji berry jam

"Traditional crops were no longer profitable so we opted for innovative healthy products," explains Juri Piermattei, owner of Campagna Magna since 2006. The organic company (which has held the certification since 1990) is located in San Severino Marche (MC) and only grows high-quality raw material selected to create healthy…

Zhengzhou Exchange opens trade in Chinese red jujube contracts

The China Securities Regulatory Commission recently approved the trading of red jujube contracts in the Zhengzhou Commercial Product Exchange. The trade in red jujube…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:

Belgium: “Firm avocado market waiting for larger volumes”

“The avocado market is remarkably firm. That wasn’t always the case in recent years. Price levels of ready-to-eat Hass avocado are around 15 euro, supply is limited, both for overseas and from Spain. Larger volumes are expected in the coming weeks, but Ramadan starts around 5 May, and demand for avocado…

2019 Haikou Volcanic Lychee Auction

China's volcanic lychee price sets new record

The 2019 Haikou Volcanic Lychee Auction took place in Qiongshan District of Haikou on April 13th, in the afternoon. Visiting traders from all over China participated in the…

Mitrosilis completes second training of its kiwi producers

For the second consecutive year Mitrosιlis S.A. successfully completed a workshop for the training of its own Kiwi producers on 15th April 2019 in Katerini and on 16th April 2019 in Arta. The training was conducted by Assistant Professor of Pomology / Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture in…

Rising garlic prices in India will inhibit exports

Rising prices of garlic in the spot market and heat conditions affecting quality of the produce, have raised concerns over export of this product. The period of March to…

Partial alternative to citrus

Spain: "Avocados cannot be grown in all parts of the Region of Valencia"

Agricultural producers need hope in order to stay on their feet, but the specialists are cautious. All new crops face obstacles that must be studied beforehand so growers do not continue "throwing money away." This was said by Celestino Recatalá, president of the new Association of Avocado Producers…

New marketing campaign and packaging for kiwifruit producer

Zespri is launching the season with new packaging and a national consumer campaign with several in-store elements. Additionally, Zespri’s retail trade campaign, “Get with the…

Thai Ministry encourages promotion of Thai fruit abroad to lower price pressure

The Ministry of Commerce in Thailand requests all its consuls stationed abroad to increase the number of promotional activities for Thai fruit. This is to lower the pressure…

“We could fill the gap and demand during the off season for the Hass avocados”

The popularity of the avocado knows no limits, but not every grower or exporter can fully take advantage of this fact. One Ugandan avocado exporter has noticed that even though other countries can’t meet the overwhelming demand, they can’t simply step in to fill the gap. Sekitoleko Solomon is the…

DTU Food Institute - Technical University of Denmark

Danish research: “Heavy intake of ginger can cause a miscarriage”

For women who are pregnant, or trying to become so, consuming lots of ginger is not a good idea. Popular wisdom recommends ginger as an aid to combating morning sickness, but…

18% less than in 2018

Chile: More than 5,000 tons of kiwi exported up until week 13

In its new Crop Report, the Chilean Kiwi Committee indicated that the harvests are progressing normally between the V and the VII region, with volumes lower than in the 2018…

Azerbaijan promotes agriculture and food industry

For the last couple of years, Azerbaijan is paying special attention to the implementation of agrarian reforms and the development of agriculture. Production in the…

Temperature runs high

China: Zengcheng red lychee production volume declines, price soars

The lychee production areas in Zengcheng, Guangdong, enjoyed an abundant harvest last year and the price of many lychee varieties dropped to only 3 yuan [0.45 USD] per 0.5 kg.…

Italian kiwi prices not as good as expected

An expert described the situation of Italian kiwi stocks: "Product sales started to slow slightly in the last ten days of February, therefore, the desired acceleration in…

Mexico produces 28,000 tons of litchis a year

The United States continues to be the main destination for Mexico's agricultural products, such as litchi. In 2018, Mexico exported 1,857 tons of litchi to that destination,…

Mexican avocado producers demand more security

The undersecretary of Public Safety, Carlos Gomez Arrieta, met on Monday, April 8th, with members of the Association of Producers, Packers of Avocado of Mexico, APEAM, to…

It aims to boost and manage the crop's growing success nationwide

Association of Avocado Producers founded in the Spanish city of Valencia

A group of agricultural producers has just set up the Association of Avocado Producers (ASOPROA) in order to strengthen and coordinate the sector at the national level in the face of the crop's expansion. During the constitution act, which took place in Valencia, at the headquarters of the Valencian…

Seven people arrested in Spain for theft of more than 27,800 kilos of avocados

Seven people, all Spanish nationals and aged between 19 and 30, have been arrested by the National Police for the alleged theft of more than 27,800 kilos of avocados in a number of farms, mainly in the area of El Trapiche, in Vélez-Málaga, and the surrounding area, causing losses estimated at over 60,000…

China: Price of mangosteen begins to fall

The price of mangosteen in the Chinese market recently showed a downward trend. Jiaxing Market reports prices of 190-225 yuan [28.29-33.50 USD] per box (9 kg). This price is…

Stephen F. Austin State University

US: State wide cross-pollination trial to find where kiwis will grow in East Texas

In conjunction with seven kiwi farmers across East Texas and the Gulf Coast, Stephen F. Austin State University continues its research on the Golden Kiwi through a Texas…

"Production volume will decline in many production areas"

"Hainan lychee will be a competitive product this year"

"The overall production volume of Hainan lychees will be much smaller this year as extreme weather conditions affected their development in many production areas. The first predictions suggest that the production volume of Concubine Smile lychee will decline by 50%-60%. They are expected to enter the…

Fresh kiwifruit will first arrive in Pagoda stores

First Zespri kiwifruit of 2019 about to arrive on the Chinese market

The new retail season of New Zealand Zespri kiwifruit is about to begin. China is one of the largest consumer markets for New Zealand Zespri kiwifruit. The first shipment of…

Morel cultivation in France: when the sector gets organized

“For the French morel, the adventure began in 2009, when we made a technological transfer from China to France,” explains Christophe Perchat, founder and president of the company France Morilles. Until then, China was the only country that could produce on an industrial scale this beautiful wild…

Coopaman to expand in the European retail and Unica Group to supply garlic all year round

"If Brazil imposes the higher tariff, it will be impossible to compete with Chinese garlic"

The current Spanish garlic season is approaching its end after some difficult times, to which we must add the potential loss of competitiveness in a market as important as Brazil. The price increase of Chinese garlic, however, is a favorable development ahead of the coming season. "The abundant rainfall…

Garlic, fresh and dry chestnut and chestnut flour: a growing market

Spanish garlic: "By offering quality, we'll be able to compete with China"

Talking with Miguel Campelo, manager and son of the founders of Campelo (back in 1967), two ideas come to mind: visiting their groves and eating black garlic. The firm produces 3,500 tons of chestnuts, walnuts and garlic (White, Purple, Spring and Black), with a strong commitment to quality and customer…

Why is the price of durian in China not coming down?

China also produces domestic durian, but their price is not coming down. Why is that? 1. The durian market mainly relies on imported durian. 2. The production volume of…

"Mango market in Hainan, China, is stable"

The market price of mangoes has shown an upward trend since Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019]. Mr. Chang of Hainan Natural Fruit Fragrance Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. gave his view on the current mango market in Hainan: "After Spring Festival, mangoes entered the market in large volumes…

Spanish kiwifruit campaign almost completed

"Large distributors increasingly demand ready-to-eat kiwifruit"

The Spanish kiwifruit season is ending in Galicia and Asturias. The latest stocks are expected to be sold in the course of this month. "It has been a season with high returns and a good balance in the sizes available, which has resulted in stable and reasonable prices for all calibers," says Cristóbal…

Camposol wants to grow in Asia

The general manager of Camposol, Jorge Ramirez, stated that Camposol was looking to increase its shipments to Asia, mainly to China. To achieve this, he said, they have been carrying out actions,…

California winds down good kiwi season as Chile & New Zealand begin

California is just wrapping up a good-sized crop of kiwis. “California started with kiwis on October 1st and it’s been a good season. Production was up and shipments followed,” says John Fagundes of Cal Harvest Marketing Inc. in Hanford, Ca. “They had a good season but there were also some plantings…

Tom Verbakel, Nature's Pride:

"Record rise in avocado prices not just because of Trump's announcement"

Last week, the American president, Donald Trump, threatened to close that country's border with Mexico. He says he will do this if that country does not stop the flow of…

US coconut supplies tightening ahead of Thai New Year

Supplies of coconuts into the United States are beginning to tighten due to an approaching holiday in Thailand, one of the major sources of coconuts at this time of year. Songkran is the Thai New Year and is one of the most significant holidays in the country, occurring in the middle of April. Many Thais…

Lower volumes

Chilean kiwis are expected to have good dry matter and better calibers

This season's Kiwi Committee's first Crop Report provides information about the previous campaign, the progress of the current one, as well as forecasts concerning production…

Mexican avocado exports grew by 8.5% in January

The Mexican export of avocados increased by 8.5% in the month of January, according to the fruit and vegetable balance presented by the Group of Consultants of Agricultural…

Avocados used to replace hamburger bread rolls

Taking care of what we eat is becoming fundamental to our health. People have become much more aware of the importance of eating a healthy and varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats. The avocado (which we often use as if it were a vegetable) has had such a boom that its…

China: Joy Wing Mau and Zespri celebrate New Zealand kiwi fruits

Joy Wing Mau has always been a firm supporter of the Belt and Road Initiative, and worked hard to strengthen the trade cooperation between China and New Zealand. Joy Wing Mau and Zespri joined hands in the organization of "2019 Gratitude Banquet for Cooperative Partners and Celebration of New Zealand…

China: Reduced volume but higher prices, for lychees from Dongguang

The first early-season lychee varieties enter the Chinese market every year around April. Lychees enjoyed a bumper harvest last year, and the price became quite reasonable.…

Creator of gold kiwifruit Russell Lowe: 50 years at Plant and Food Research

Last week, Russell Lowe celebrated 50 years working for what is now Plant and Food Research. He worked all but three of them at the Te Puke research centre that he established in the early 1970s. Really, few people would have made a greater contribution to the kiwifruit industry than plant breeder…

Is the Chinese durian market reaching saturation point?

The most common durian in the Chinese market come from Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The product varieties of Thai durian include Kar Dum Thong, Mon Thong, Kanyao, and…

Gianluca Bonaccorso, Unitrade Holland:

"Increasing number of experiments with exotic cultivation in Southern Italy"

The vegetable export to Italy went well last winter, says Gianluca Bonaccorso of Unitrade Holland from Poeldijk, which focuses fully on the export to Italy. "I do think the trade is under increasing pressure. Customers who previous bought import products from us like grapes and plum, are looking for more…

Italy: March is another slow month for kiwis

Fruitimprese representatives for kiwis Maurizio Filippi reports that March was another slow month. "We expected things to pick up, but they did not. Everybody has kiwis available and there are not enough clients." Prices usually go up in March, but they have not. Now producers are hoping the situation…

Sweeki harvest starts in Chile, whilst Italian sales continue

The harvest of the top-quality kiwi under the Sweeki brand has started in Chile. Origine Group plan to sell 2,000 tons of Italian kiwis and the same from Chile. In Chile the harvest of the green kiwis for the brand “Sweeki” of Origine Group has begun. This season the two Chilean members of the Group,…

What controls do avocados undergo in Spain?

The California-based grower and distributor Henry Avocado started voluntarily withdrawing its avocados from the United States on Monday, March 25, after a routine inspection…

Chile is an important supplier of the Chinese market

Chinese cherry and avocado imports increase

China is consuming more and more imported products, as the Chinese consumers' appetite for new flavors and safe products grows. According to information published by…

More yellow dragon fruit in US market for now

Suppliers of yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador are still settling into the US market, two years after they were given the green light to ship fruit. The season is rather…

Seder promotes an initial crop of 50 hectares

Mexico: Figs could be highly profitable

In order to promote the diversification of the field, the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder) has begun training fig producers, as this fruit has a high marketing profitability as worldwide demand is for 300 thousand tons of this fruit per year. The deputy secretary of the state agency, Alejandro de…

‘Growing Kiwiberries in New England’

US: New Hampshire researchers develop kiwiberry online guide

Prospective kiwiberry growers in the North-eastern US now have a roadmap to help them grow this emerging specialty fruit crop. Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have produced an online guide that provides in-depth, regionally relevant…

Export volumes reached $ 150 million

Persimmon output in Azerbaijan to increase significantly

An increase of at least 15 percent is expected in Azerbaijan's persimmon output in 2019, Chairman of the Persimmon Producers and Exporters Association Gadir Yusifov told…

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…

First imports of Greek kiwi fruit into Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen Port recently welcomed the first shipment of kiwi fruit imported from Greece. The shipment contained 16.9 tons of kiwi fruit with a value of 30,477 USD. Greece is one…

In Antalya, farmers grow avocados in a field of 500 hectares

Increasing avocado production in Turkey

89% of avocados in Turkey are grown in Antalya where the area devoted to avocado production has now reached 500 hectares. The Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and…

Exotic tropical fruits, a growing market niche in Europe

Although it is still considered a niche product in Europe, there is a growing interest for fresh exotic tropical fruits in the Old Continent. Thus, making their benefits known…

Avocados changing the world's eating habits

Taking care of what we eat is becoming a fundamental pillar in Spanish homes. Society is currently more aware of the benefits of following a healthy, varied diet that includes…

Azerbaijan to export pomegranates to Europe

There are plans to export pomegranate to several European countries, said Executive Director of the Azerbaijan Pomegranate Producers and Exporters Association, Yusif Akhundov. He stressed that negotiations are underway on export to Latvia, Poland and France: “The quality of the products is a very…

India: Nagaland State to promote ‘Naga tree tomato’

The North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC) on Friday organised a workshop on ‘Post GI Activities for Naga Tree Tomato and registration for Authorized Users’ in Kohima. The workshop conducted with the aim of creating awareness among the farmers about the usage of…

The European “Made in Nature” project brings Italian organic Kiwifruit to Germany

After being officially launched at Fruit Logistica, Italian organic produce has now arrived in Germany and will be the focus of many activities planned as part of the 3-year European project Made in Nature - Discover the principles of European organic farming implemented by CSO Italy. During the first…

Evy van Gastel, Special Fruit

"The transition phase makes it challenging for avocados”

“The avocado market is currently in a transition phase. The avocado season is nearing its end in Spain, Israel, Morocco, and Chile. We are now waiting for the large volumes from Peru. Due to the transition phase, the market is under-supplied. Prices are on the high side. This makes these weeks quite…

Golden kiwis increasingly popular

When talking about golden kiwis, Patrizion Neri, president of the consortium, reports that the product is well-recognized and consumers are starting to appreciate it more and more. Demand is good and all the efforts and investments made in the past few years are paying off. "We are very pleased with the…

Argentina's national kiwi harvest arrives on the market

The first batches of national kiwi made their triumphal entry into the Central Market of Buenos Aires and aroused the expectation of operators and consumers of this fruit that…

France: Avocados have to deal with “a special calendar this year”

We are currently in transition from the winter to the summer avocados. Many origins can therefore be found on the European market at the moment, including Spain, Israel, the end of the stocks from Chile, Mexico and Colombia, and the first arrivals from Kenya, Peru, South Africa, Brazil (next week) and…

Demand for avocados from Kenya much higher than in previous years

The avocado season in Kenya started earlier this month and so far the season is showing a lot of potential. Demand is high, and the season might be the perfect opportunity for smaller to medium-sized companies to take advantage. One particular exporter is hoping to expand its market share in Europe. For…

Peru: Peruvian pomegranate exports surpass US $14 million in first two months

In January and February of this year, Peru exported a total of 6,912,106 kilos of pomegranates for an FOB value of US $ 4,301,219. According to the Agrodata Peru website, the…

Novel plant architectures and canopy management techniques bear fruit

Novel plant architectures and new canopy management techniques have nearly doubled the yield of Envy™ apples and improved the quality of Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit. A Plant…

Peruvian figs available nearly year-round for first time ever

After a great period for overseas figs, it’s now a bit calmer on the market for the first time in three months. Brazilian and Peruvian product is now on the market, and the South African season has now also started. This year, a shift will occur on the global fig market, for it will be the first time…

Masseria Fruttirossi to plant 40 hectares of avocado in Apulia

"In April, we will start planting about 40 hectares of avocado, which will make our company one of the first producer in Italy of this superfruit". Dario De Lisi, commercial manager of the Masseria Fruttirossi di Castellaneta (Taranto), reports to FreshPlaza and adds: "It is expected that about 32,000…

The value of Peruvian avocado exports increased by 22.8% in 2018

Peruvian avocado exports amounted to US $ 723.4 million in 2018, i.e. 22.8% more than in 2017, according to a report by the Perucamaras Business Research Center. La Libertad,…

Elena Rogojnikova, Hagé International: “South Africa started earlier”

Good market for Greenskins and Hass avocados

“The market for both Greenskins and Hass avocados is currently good,” says Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International. “Volumes from Israel have dropped because their season has ended. Sales of Fuerte from Peru and South Africa are excellent, prices are high at 9 to 9.50 euro.” The first Hass avocados from…

Chilean avocado sector claims water consumption is lower than with blueberries or corn

The Hass Avocado Committee said that the avocado plantations in Valparaíso are not responsible for the water scarcity that has hit the area. This follows the uproar caused by…

Organic wholesaler Georg Thalhammer sees growth opportunities for both specialties

"Imported pumpkins and fresh wild garlic as raw material and for processing"

A month ago, Georg Thalhammer and his team from Steinfeld got their eighth Biofach Award in a row with their seaweed wild garlic pesto. People could almost forget that the committed retailer is still dealing with the distribution of raw materials in addition to his innovative range of specialties. At the…

Offenders face potential prison time and €300,000 fines

French authorities uncover illegal kiwifruit scam worth $9.8 million

French authorities have uncovered a $9.8 million kiwifruit scam in which Italian-grown produce was passed off as -pricier- French produce. The French Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control says more than 12 per cent of kiwis sold were wrongly labelled across a three-year period. Seven suppliers are facing…

200 kilos of avocados shipped from Malaga to Sweden in electric car

Pelle Lundborg is a successful Swedish entrepreneur who decided to move to Malaga in December 2006. He did it after meeting a girl from Fuengirola in London, where he was living at the time. He then moved to the Costa del Sol, where he still resides. He is currently half-retired from his company, THQ…

First charter ship carrying Zespri Kiwifruit sets sail for China and Japan

The first charter vessel carrying Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is heading to China and Japan following this season’s early start to harvest. The Southampton Star departed from Tauranga Harbour yesterday evening carrying approximately 3,000 pallets of Bay of Plenty-grown SunGold Kiwifruit bound for Shanghai…

Breadfruit

March brings more volume for this tropical specialty

Supplies of breadfruit into the United States have been increasing this month as the lengthy season gains momentum. Volume is reported to be quite steady as suppliers face little pressure from weather in the growing regions, especially at this time of year when hurricanes and other tropical weather…

Gialla and Rossa are the prickly pear varieties most suitable for exports

In Italy, prickly pears are grown mainly in Sicily over more than 3500 hectares. Most of the production is commercialized in Italy, while the remaining part is exported to European countries and Canada. Fruits are commercialized immediately after being harvested and post-harvesting treatments and…

Fall in lychee production volume now unavoidable in Dongguan, China

The overall blossom rate of lychee trees in Dongguan is not high, which is the result of high temperatures and excessive rainfall in the winter of 2018. The blossom rate of…

Why is the avocado a "best-seller" on the Chinese market?

A great many Chinese consumers do not like either the appearance or the flavor of avocados, yet this has not stopped the Latin American fruit from becoming a popular retail…

British Columbia

Field House Brewing releases Dry-Hopped Kiwi Sour

Field House Brewing in Abbotsford, British Columbia, has announced details of its newest limited edition beer. Dry-Hopped Kiwi Sour is to be a companion to last week’s Dry-Hopped Pineapple Sour, and is described as follows: “ This golden sour ale features wheat, oats and over 600lbs of Fraser Valley…

Spanish avocado sales grow as those of Chile, Mexico and Colombia fall

"We are now marketing all the avocados we couldn't sell in January and February"

The Spanish avocado campaign will end in around a month and a half. Although the market was slow for the Spanish production in January and February because of the abundant supply from other origins, which caused a delay in the harvest and marketing of up to twenty days, the situation has changed in March…

Chinese team travels to Peru to inspect health certification of pomegranates

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) reported that a technical team of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) had arrived in Peru to learn about Peru's Agricultural Health Service's (Senasa) health certification process for pomegranates, an…

Mamey Sapote growers in Florida expecting much better season

The Mamey Sapote season is just commencing in Florida now. Growers say the start of the season is later than normal due to the after-effects of Hurricane Irma, which is still making its presence felt some 18 months after it devastated parts of South Florida. The hurricane has also been blamed for the…

Seeka starts 2019 with real momentum

“It has been a busy time both operationally and strategically for the company"

Seeka has started the year will with real momentum as it continues its growth strategy. Having completed a successful NZD$50m capital raise late in 2018, the Company announced the acquisition of Aongatete Coolstores Limited in early March 2019 for NZD$25m. “It has been a busy time both operationally and…

China: Mahogany leaves are the new avocado

In the US, avocado on toast has become a symbol of middle-class success. In China, young Chinese are discovering homegrown symbols of their own. At first, it was pricey imported cherries. Those who are financially successful enough to afford them were said to have achieved “cherry freedom.” But now it’s…

The Port of Buenaventura, Colombia, has a new Hass Avocado storage area

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has set up a storage area for Hass avocados in the port of Buenaventura, with the aim of ensuring the export of the item to the…

Colombia expects to export 1,000 tons of cape gooseberries to the US

Colombia is seeking to export close to 1,000 tons of cape gooseberries to the United States this year surpassing the 700 tons it sent to that market during 2018, official sources reported. The objective was set by the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) after a meeting with the technical committee of…

China: "Jackfruit from Hainan receives enthusiastic market feedback"

The varieties of fruit in the market is becoming richer as the weather grows warmer. One of the fruits that appears on the market around this time of year is rightly called the "colossus". The jackfruit is a typical tropical fruit, weighing on average between 5 and 20 kilograms, though one…

Chinese longan production volume decreased as expected

The blossom rate of longan trees in China reached 95% in 2018. High blossom rates mean high yields. The harvest was abundant. The price of longans dropped below 2 yuan [0.30…

Saint Lucia hopes to export apples and mangoes to US

Export Saint Lucia is expressing confidence that some fruits from the island will soon hit the United States (US) market. At the moment these fruit cannot be exported to the…

Dorì golden kiwifruits from Chile reach Europe by air

Consorzio Dorì president Giampaolo Dal Pane has visited the central area of Chile to inspect the last stages of harvesting operations. "I have visited 4 companies, the largest of which is called Lafrut. Overall, there are 130 hectares of Dorì. This is the second harvest, but it is the first year with…

Agribologna - further advancements in the fresh-cut fruit range

The latest introductions presented by Agribologna in the fresh-cut sector regard the organic segment. By the end of 2019, the company aims at reaching 100 thousand pieces of the "Bag" line. Massimiliano Moretti in Berlino at Fruit Logistica 2019 Sales director Massimiliano Moretti reports that "we are…

The health benefits of sweet granadilla consumption

The sweet granadilla is a fruit with health benefits that very few people know about today. Not for nothing is it called "the children's fruit", since it has nutrients that stimulate physical and mental growth; helps alleviate digestive health issues, because it doesn't irritate the stomach; relieves…

"Peak supply of Thai durian to the Chinese market will begin next month"

"The durian is already one of the more important fruits in the Chinese market, as their popularity gradually grew in the last few years. Consumer demand for durian is growing stronger every year. However, China is for the time being unable to grow durian as the weather and soil conditions are not…

"The price of Vietnamese dragon fruit is in an upward phase"

"Dragon fruit is one of the three main export fruits of Vietnam. At the moment, dragon fruit accounts for more than 60% of the export volume from Vietnam to China. Vietnam takes advantage of the unique natural environment to provide year-round supply of dragon fruit. The product quality is stable, and…

Peruvian avocado production and exports could fall by up to 20% this year

According to Arturo Medina Castro, General Manager of the Association of Hass Avocado Growers in Peru (ProHass), the harvest and export of Peruvian Hass avocado may fall by 15…

Preliminary evaluation of Chinese lychee production volume in 2019

China enjoyed an abundant lychee harvest in 2018. The lychee trees blossomed at a rate of 90%. The production volume set a new record. The price naturally fell when market…

Looking for the best pay rates and conditions

Kiwifruit workers urged to shop around in New Zealand

While a kiwifruit industry group says its surveys showed an expected average picking rate this season of $23.50 an hour, a worker advocate disputed this, saying that as picking was often at piece rates some slower pickers were falling below minimum wage. The 2019 harvest starts in mid-March; With the…

There will be speakers from Chile, Peru, Mexico and Spain

Seville to host International Seminar on Avocado Cultivation

After the growth of blueberries over the last ten years, Andalusian agriculture is now gaining momentum again thanks to the expansion of avocado cultivation. Until just three years ago, there was only a significant production of the "green gold" on the Costa Tropical, with some 7,000 hectares. In recent…

Mexico's Maradol papaya production surpasses 288,000 tons

The maradol papaya crop leads the national ranking with a production of 288,159 tons per year. The fruit is obtained in six of the eight regions of Oaxaca, which produces more…

Colombia wants to accelerate the entry of agricultural products to the US

In order to accelerate the presence of more Colombian agricultural products in the United States market, a government commission led by the ICA met with the import authorities…

The project is part of a sustainable development

Chile and Tenerife collaborate to improve avocado production

The avocado fever knows no borders. In the last 20 years avocado production has almost tripled, going from a world production of 2 million in 1994 to almost 6 million in 2017, according to the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO). Due to the increasing consumption of avocado in…

Peru estimates it will export 44,200 tons of pomegranates, 30% more

In the current campaign (which runs from January to June) Peruvian exports of fresh pomegranates would reach 44,200 tons, i.e. 30% more than the 34,000 tons dispatched in the…

Peak retail period earlier than last year

Price of Thai mangosteen imported to China lower than last year

Fruit from Thailand is popular in China because the variety is so great that there is a flavor for everyone's taste. The supply of imported fruit from the USA, Australia,…

“Dynamic export markets for the French kiwi”

The sale of French kiwis is underway at Primland, a producer and exporter of the Oscar kiwi. “We have weeks of sales that are quite busy, to France, but also to Europe or Asia,” explains Jean-Baptiste Pinel, director of the company. “We thank our clients for their support. There is competition from a…

Domestic supplies lighten as demand stays strong for star fruit

Demand for carambola or star fruit are starting to heat up. “Demand is currently picking up and we are looking for growers to work with,” says Yasmani Garcia of Sweet Seasons in Hidalgo, Tex. “Florida is the main supplier of star fruit and at this time, they’ve been offering very light supplies.”…

Colombia: Antioquia meets the conditions to be a major producer of avocados

The avocado is one of the most important crops in the eastern region of the department of Antioquia. In fact, this region has become a great supplier of this product not only…

Gooseberry volume tightening up

Imported supplies of gooseberries are currently slim and may stay like that for a few months. “The supplies are tight. One side of Colombia we work with (where regions such as Boyaca and Cundinamarca are located), there’s a lack of rain,” says Pedro Rodriguez of Panamerican Farms Inc. in Camarillo, Ca. “So the production for…

kiwi Zesy002: the earlier the flowering, the heavier the fruit

Zesy002 kiwifruit is a kiwi cultivar with yellow flesh ( Actinidia chinensis var. chinensis ) recently marketed as Zespri® SunGold. Its strong flavour is what makes it popular…

They expect to achieve a higher performance

Colombian researchers are working on a genetically modified cape gooseberry

Colombian researchers are working on a genetically modified cape gooseberry that has greater production and better size, acidity, and sweetness indicators. The investigation…

Price of Chinese lotus root takes a dive

The weather has improved in recent days and the price of some vegetables increased, while the price of others dropped. The price of leaf vegetables came down slightly, while…

Pitaya, longan or lucuma

Adaptation of exotic fruits to Spanish climate and sales potential

Pitaya, longan and lucuma are also Spanish fruits. The longan is somewhat smaller than a ping pong ball. It has a flavor reminiscent of grapes and melons. Its flesh is white…

Tanzania: Stakeholders want protection of lucrative avocados

Avocados are being produced in different parts of the country, including Rungwe district in the Mbeya region, Njombe region and Moshi district in the Kilimanjaro region. But…

An oasis of tropical fruit in the middle of the Mediterranean

We could define L'Orto di Nonno Nino, a company located just a stone's throw from Palermo, as a tropical oasis in the middle of the Mediterranean basin. It grows "Sicilian organic exotic fruits" such as papayas (25 tons), mangoes (3 tons), Cavendish bananas (4 tons), mini bananas, plantain, passion…

They'll hold a second meeting later this month

Costa Rica and Mexico postpone formation of avocado dispute arbitration committee

Costa Rica and Mexico didn't reach an agreement in the first meeting convened to decide the conformation of the panel of arbitrators that will resolve the Hass avocado dispute…

"Imported kiwi fruit poses limited threat to our Chinese market share"

"The kiwi fruit we are currently selling comes from storage. The price is somewhat higher than before. We expect the supply season from storage to last until April. The next harvest season will begin in September and conclude in November." This is according to Yuan Shuai, CEO of Yangling Zhenyu…

NZ: 2019 kiwifruit harvest has officially kicked off

First of an estimated industry-wide 150 million trays picked and packed in Gisborne

New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) Chief Executive Officer Nikki Johnson says Poverty Bay leads the charge because the crop matures more quickly there than the rest of the country. “Over March, orchards in the Bay of Plenty, Northland, Counties-Manukau, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, the lower…

Maluma Symposium, 13 & 14 March 2019, Tzaneen, South Africa

Livestreaming of Maluma avocado symposium

The growth of the annual Maluma Symposium, which starts this Wednesday, livestreamed and free of charge, has exceeded their wildest expectations, says Dr André Ernst of Allesbeste Boerdery ( pictured right ). The symposium started nine years ago when a handful of avocado producers gathered to discuss a…

Honduras: Haitian avocado exports grew by 64%

Erick Martinez, the director of the Agricultural food Program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), stated that last year Honduras had exported 923 metric tons…

Avocado Love restaurant opens in Madrid

If you see life as an avocado, Avocado Love will fascinate you. It is a restaurant where its flagship product is this craze-inducing fruit. The phenomenon of creating…

Bright Red persimmon plantations conquer the coast of Peru

After a period of evaluation and study, the Bright Red persimmon variety has started to be cultivated on the Peruvian coast. This product is a very good option for the future of Peru's agricultural exports thanks to its adaptation and the commercial opportunity available for this product in the markets…

Estimate is 30% down, but massive expansion and new growing regions exert upward pressure

South Africa: Heatwave reduces Hass, but avo crop could still surprise

South Africa has opened its 2018/19 avocado season, one that will not repeat what has been called the “astronomical increase” (or “an inundation of avocados”) of last year. The new crop will be roughly 30% lower, but, like last season, the figure could perhaps later be adjusted upwards. “We might still…

Raffaele Bucella from Granfrutta Zani

Italy: Slow kiwi and pear market, livelier apple demand

The winter market saw low kiwi prices, pears stable at more or less the same level as last year, a slight increase in apple consumption and persimmons with good prices despite the amount of waste during processing," reports Raffaele Bucella, market manager for Granfrutta Zani. "We thought kiwis would…

Peruvian avocado exports in 2018 achieved a record value

Peruvian avocado exports in 2018 achieved record numbers. Exports amounted to almost 800 million dollars, i.e. 26% more than in 2017, as reported by the Foreign Trade Center…

WAO responds to environmental concerns about avocado

Avocado consumption continues to grow around the world and with it so do the concerns about the environmental impact that this 'thirsty' crop is causing in producing…


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