Growers hope for better pricing on rambutan this season

As it ramps up for next month’s rambutan season, growers and shippers are hoping for a better season than the one that contended with early COVID-19 last year. Harvest begins on Guatemalan rambutan next month.  Prime Tropics begins harvesting and shipping rambutan from Guatemala next month. It’s there the…

Frutas Manzano plans to market more than one and a half million kilos of medlars this season

Costa Tropical's medlar campaign already in full swing

The stores of Frutas Rafael Manzano E Hijos SL have been dyed orange. The medlar campaign, the first spring fruit on the Costa Tropical, began just a few days ago in the region. According to Frutas Manzano, the earliest production takes place in the municipalities of Motril, Almuñecar, and Salobreña. It is…

Retail promotions and new vertical packaging for golden kiwi season

Zespri begins shipping its kiwifruit from New Zealand mid-May. Leading the sales growth is SunGold, which is now Zespri's #1 largest and top-growing kiwifruit. Shoppers can locate SunGold in the produce section with its newly designed vertical packaging, which is stackable and easier to merchandise. “Our…

New role in Canadian business development generates expansion opportunities

Oppy freshens up product line in time for CPMA Fresh Week

As the industry anticipates the return and revitalization of Canada’s primary produce event in its new form, Oppy adds Canadian category development to the role of one of its most valued veterans. Having spent the last 13 years building Oppy’s North American greenhouse business within the sector’s…

The sector expects to harvest 13 million kilos

Alicante's medlar campaign has started

The medlar campaign in the region of Marina Baixa, an area in Alicante that accounts for 50% of the national production of this fruit and that produces the Callosa d'En Sarriá…

Shipments to the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany accounted for more than 60% of total exports

Peruvian aguaymanto makes its way into international markets

Physalis peruviana, better known as aguaymanto, has made its way from Peru to international markets. According to data from Sierra y Selva Exportadora, an entity attached to…

New season Zespri kiwifruit due to arrive in Europe

The new season New Zealand kiwifruit is aboard MV Cool Eagle, a new specialised reefer vessel built by Cool Carriers, with the ship expected to arrive on Sunday 18 April. MV Cool Eagle is one of a series of five ships that are the largest reefer vessels ever built and will carry over 7,000 pallets of…

Peruvian Tahiti and Sutil lime exports increased by 33.5% in the first quarter of the year

Peruvian lime exports have registered a notable increase in the first quarter of 2021. According to Fernando Cilloniz Benavides, the president of the Inform@cción consulting…

The area devoted to garlic stabilizes in France and Italy and increases by 6% in Spain

The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese garlic group met on April 6. The meeting, which wasn't attended by representatives of Portugal, focused on the development of the current…

New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation Kiwifruit Vine Health

Kiwifruit Vine Health announced today that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive. KVH Board Chairman, David Tanner says…

How do imported fruits keep Chinese consumers interested?

On April 1, a bulk carrier loaded with over 3,500 tons of new season Zespri kiwifruits from New Zealand unloaded at the Yangshan South Port in Shanghai. Chilean cherries, a…

Pagoda sells fresh Zespri kiwi fruit for the fourth year in a row

New season Zespri kiwifruit enters Chinese market

The 2021 harvest season of Zespri kiwi fruit is in full swing. The first shipping container of this season's Zespri kiwi fruit arrived in China on the 31st of March. The kiwi fruit passed through customs and was sold via e-commerce platform Pagoda. Chinese consumers had to wait a bit longer than usual…

Four organic Peruvian products with the greatest export potential for 2021

In Peru, these four organic products have the greatest potential for agro-export this year: ginger, cocoa, organic coffee and blueberries. In 2020, shipments of these foods…

Chinese growers already produce around $1 billion worth of SunGolds without permission

Zespri considers putting sticker on counterfeit SunGold fruit

As the ‘single desk marketer’, Zespri owns the rights to SunGold, which means all growers must sell their fruit to the company for marketing and export. The SunGold variety is…

Wet summer affects kiwifruit export volumes

South Africa is not particularly known for its kiwifruit production but for the last 6-7 years a group of growers has been cultivating gold kiwifruit varieties in the country. At the moment there is less than 250 Ha in production throughout the country about half of which are the Skelton varieties and,…

The scenario in the north of Italy

From Piedmont to Tuscany, heavy losses of stone fruit and damages to kiwi and pome fruits

The low temperatures in the north of Italy are causing increasing concern. Below is a partial statement of damage, for each region. PiedmontIn the Monregalese area, in the province of Cuneo, the fruit-growing area par excellence, temperatures have dropped to -3 °, with conspicuous frosts together with…

Only over ten days between harvest and arrival

This year's first Zespri kiwis from New Zealand arrive in Shanghai

On March 31, "Seves”, a container ship loaded with over 4,400 tons of Zespri golden kiwis, arrived at the Port of Nangang, Shanghai (photo courtesy of Shanghai Customs). At…

Chile kiwifruit harvest and export starts

According to the Chilean Kiwi Committee's first Crop Report of the Season, the harvests of the Hayward variety have started normally in the northern and coastal areas, with…

Thai durians overtake imported cherries in Chinese markets

The peak period of Thai durian supply to the Chinese market is every year between April and October. There are more than 200 durian varieties, but the most popular in the…

Argentinian truffle breaks through on the French market

The black gold of Argentina is arriving in France and the French market seems to have been conquered, as it is expected to buy 140 kg of the product. The Argentinian company…

Storage quality of Bingo, new Polish minikiwi fruit

In recent years hardy kiwis, popularly known in Europe as minikiwis, have been gaining economic importance and, thanks to their high resistance to frost, they can be…

New growing areas create opportunity to invest in packing facilities, says grower

“On limited sized land there's nothing that can beat pomegranates.”

Willie Coetzer of Granada Pomegranates (right) believes in the prospects for pomegranates in South Africa's summer rainfall regions where the harvesting of pomegranates, and specifically that of the 'Wonderful' cultivar, starts approximately a month before the Western Cape. “Our pomegranates were…

Date grower launches new website and blog

Bard Valley Natural Delights® has launched its newly designed website to effectively communicate to a more diverse demographic. The updated website now focuses on grower…

Oscar Gold kiwis from South Africa arrive in Europe

After a northern hemisphere season of almost 10,000 tons of green kiwifruit and more than 300 tons of OSCAR yellow kiwifruit, Primland is on its way to achieving its new goal. The counter-season supply that has been in place for more than 22 years via its subsidiary in Chile is now supplemented with the…

Tanzanian cassava production increases significantly

Production of cassava in Tanzania has from 5.9 million tons to 8.2 million tons within a period of one year between 2018 and 2019. However, despite the increase, production of…

Vegetable trader Peter Windhaber on the start of the Austrian season

"Demand for wild garlic very strong from the beginning"

Spring has arrived in the fruit and vegetable trade. Despite a difficult situation due to the Austrian Corona emergency, as well as possibly more lockdown measures to contain…

Scientists create antibacterial hydrogel bandage from durian fruit

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created an antibacterial gel bandage from the husk of a tropical fruit, the durian fruit. In…

Hein Smal - Sharon Fruit South Africa

Cautious optimism ahead of big Sharon fruit crop

On the eve of the South African Sharon fruit harvest the main concern is, still, Covid and its potential impact on packing and shipping. "The only potential stumbling block is a possible third wave of Covid. Last year when we started, it was the start of the pandemic, but our volumes weren't as large…

Patrick Caetano – Koeltehof Packers

“Exceptionally good” Hass crop expected from South Africa

An exceptional Hass crop is maturing in the orchards around Kiepersol, and ripening tests indicate that the Hass harvest could start in approximately two weeks, says Patrick Caetano, packhouse manager at Koeltehof Packers, the largest avocado packhouse in Mpumalanga.The packhouse started packing Carmen…

Price difference between Taiwanese and Hainanese wax apples shrinks

This is the peak period of the Taiwanese wax apple season. There are many different varieties such as the milk wax apple, black pearl wax apple, black diamond wax apple, and black steel wax apple. The most popular in the market, however, is the honey wind-chime wax apple. There are several reasons for…

France: white truffle cultivation trials near Tours

Until now, the white truffle (tuber magnatum) was only harvested in the wild but INRAE researchers, in collaboration with the Robin nurseries (Hautes-Alpes), have succeeded in…

2021 Peruvian pomegranate arils program launched

Berry marketer Sun Belle Inc. has launched its 2021 Pomegranate Arils program with Green Belle organic and Sun Belle conventional 4.4 ounce cups packed by Agricola Los Medanos S.A. in Ica, Peru. "The arils are extracted from just-ripe pomegranates in Los Medanos’ ultra-clean facility using…

"Weather in Sichuan is excellent, Chinese pomegranate trees are already in bloom"

Huili county in Sichuan is known as the hometown of pomegranates. The soil there is fertile and the weather is great, so there is more than enough sunshine for the growth of pomegranates. The seedless pomegranates from Huili are quite large. Their peel is thin and colored a bright red. Their main selling…

Cushioning the loss of passenger traffic

Nigerian food export witness 50% surge as airlines scramble for cargo

Air cargodata is showing that exports are steadily on the upward movement, though imports declined due to the pandemic. This development is not unconnected with the growing…

Ukraine doubled the imports of garlic in past five years

As there is a lack of a local industrial production of garlic in Ukraine, imports are necessary. Also, due to the pandemic, products that help fight various viruses and…

First waxberries of the year hit markets in China

The first waxberries of the year have hit the market and are currently available in fruit markets in Hangzhou, Jiaxing, and Ningbo. These products are not locally grown in…

Slow sales, little produce, good prices for Italian kiwifruit

It may seem like a paradox, but prices are good although quantities sold are limited. This is because there is little Italian produce available so, although demand is not lively maybe also due to the pandemic, prices are satisfactory due to the lack of surplus.  "We proceed regularly as there is little competition…

Jaco le Roux - Afrifruta

Mozambican producer riding the wave of dried mango & coconut growth expands its fresh lines

Dried mango could have a shelf life of up to 18 months, but it’s become too popular to come close to its sell by date. Huge worldwide demand for dried mango has fuelled 25% year-on-year growth in its production at Mozambican fruit processor Afrifruta.In the East African country mango trees and coconut…

Eryvan Leal Pires, Fruitmarket Agribusiness, the Netherlands

"Mango market finally recovering"

The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the 2020 mango market. This year, things look much better. In Peru, the season is well underway at the moment. That's resulting in high-quality mangoes that are driving sales in Europe. The market situation might be favorable, but there's a lot of competition this…

Chinese ginger prices currently weak

In week 11 of 2021, ginger prices in sales areas fluctuated, and overall sales didn’t see any significant upturn. The market price in the sales areas of large ginger was weak,…

Production volume is expected to grow this year

More than six thousand hectares of 'volcanic lychee' trees bloom in Chinese Haikou

Volcanic lychee trees are in bloom in Haikou. The winter was colder than usual this year, which is beneficial for the production of lychee flowers. Some of the trees have…

Gisborne to transform into ‘new frontier' for kiwifruit investment

Comparatively cheap land prices are combining with industry incentives to turn Gisborne into the ‘new frontier' for kiwifruit investment. This was recognised by yet another…

The red kiwi is developing in the south of France

The Peruzzo group, based in Châteaurenard (Bouches-du-Rhône), is starting with a new variety of kiwis, the red kiwi Rossy®, having obtained the exclusive license for France.…

Zimbabwe witnesses garlic boom

Zimbabwe export promotion and development agency, ZimTrade, has secured funding for a capacity building program on the cultivation and certification of organic garlic. According to the agency’s chief…

The solution by Vivai Magalotti Quarto guarantees the health of plants

Innovation in growing kiwi plants above ground

In order to increase the health of the plants and to reduce transplanting stress to zero, kiwi plants can be grown in 6-liter phytocells made of coconut fiber. This is the solution offered by the nursery company Magalotti Quarto, which is already in its third year of production. Corrado Arigliani showing…

Musang King durians from Thailand aim to conquer the Chinese market in the next few years

The Musang King is one of the most popular durians in the Chinese market. Among the wide variety of import durians, the retail volume of Musang King durian is always the…

Combimetal Carrera: "No more concrete poles or difficulties in tying branches."

An innovative umbrella-shaped structure for growing kiwis

"With the arrival of new varieties of kiwi in our area, there was a need to have a structure that could support both the net and the plastic, as well as the weight of the plant in full production, thus ensuring greater control of the growing conditions and also facilitating harvesting. Assisted by a…

California fig growers hope for another season of strong demand

Following a season of strong demand, California fig growers think they might just see that same level of demand for their 2021 season. “Everything looks good. The crop’s coming along. We’ve had some good rains lately and the snow has been ample up until now in the mountains. We’re probably a little short…

First shipment of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit crop sets sail for Japan and Korea

The first shipment of what is expected to be a record season of New Zealand-grown Zespri Kiwifruit is now on route to Tokyo and Busan. The fruit is aboard the MV Kakariki, the second of three new specialised reefer vessels built by Fresh Carriers to ship New Zealand-grown kiwifruit to Zespri’s Asian…

Tajikistan

Avocados and kiwis available at Khujand supermarkets

According to industry experts, avocados have surpassed oranges in terms of world trade volume, occupying a high seventh place in the ranking of the most popular vegetables and…

Figs gaining ground in Almeria's greenhouses

The acreage devoted to fig cultivation in Spain is growing as the demand for the fruit continues to increase across Europe. In countries such as Germany, for example, they are…

Prices 30% higher than last year

Chinese ginger export peak season ongoing

It is currently the peak export season for Chinese ginger. The offshore export price of general grade dried ginger shipped to the European market is 2,100-2,300 US dollars per ton, over 30% higher than the same period last year. There are two main factors behind this, the main reason being the increase…

Developing more sales channels

US date growers expand acreage in response to consumption growth

“We are seeing a very robust supply of dates.” So says Neil Merritt, director of North American sales at Bard Valley Date Growers (BVDG), a vertically integrated company working with 14 organic and conventional date growers. “We generally grow around 25-30 million lbs. of dates and we typically sell…

The United States was their main destination, followed by the Netherlands

Peruvian ginger exports more than doubled in 2020

Peruvian ginger exports experienced significant growth in 2020. According to the Association of Agricultural Producers Guilds of Peru (Agap), the value of shipments grew by…

Carnel Geddes – Pomegranate Producers’ Association of South Africa

Marked increase in pomegranate demand, but logistics are challenging

The South African pomegranate season has, in the Western Cape where 72% of South Africa’s production is based, moved from the early Herskovits to the Wonderful harvest. Yields are up after the ideal growing conditions that have been so beneficial for the Cape’s other fruit crops, and industry body POMASA…

New Annual Market Report

Ontario retail: Citrus, garlic, ginger and turmeric, lead the way in year-on-year growth

Citrus, Asian and Indian vegetables including cooking roots such as garlic, ginger and turmeric, lead the way in year-on-year growth during 2020 in Ontario retail produce…

Citral, a promising natural preservative for postharvest quality extension in kiwifruit

Citral is an aliphatic aldehyde extracted from citrus essential oil. Scientists at Jiangxi Agricultural University (China) have examined how citral treatment affects the weight loss, firmness, respiration, and ripening index, as well as the antioxidant capacity of kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis cv.…

The first sea shipment of Ecuadorian pitahaya to Europe departed from the port of Posorja

The first container of Ecuadorian pitahayas exported by sea to the European market was shipped from DP World Posorja. The shipment of the yellow pitahaya variety was carried…

New heights for Bay of Plenty kiwifruit

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit land has been fiercely sought after since the PSA crisis tapered off in 2015. That trend is increasing further as rural property’s most heavily demanded class becomes even more highly prized in the Covid low interest rate era. Dave McLaren of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Te Puke…

There's good opportunities for Egyptian garlic in Brazil

Egyptian exporters are in a good place to sell more garlic to Brazil right now, says Brazil's agricultural attaché in Cairo, Cesar Simas Teles. 'To me, garlic is the main…

“We believe Australia will be a sizeable market for Indian pomegranates”

Indian pomegranates have been making their way to New Zealand for over five years. Although volumes were lower during the lockdown period, export levels are getting closer to the pre-Covid levels at the moment. Australia is a potential market for Indian pomegranates, as one exporter explains his vision…

JD Fresh expects record sales of Zespri Gold kiwi fruit in 2021

New Zealand's leading kiwi fruit brand Zespri recently signed a deal with JD Fresh that deepens their cooperation in the supply chain and retail of fresh fruit. According to a…

Dragon fruit arrivals from Ecuador to start increasing this week

The dragon fruit season from Ecuador is underway and production volumes are starting to ramp up. “We’re now starting to see higher volumes come into the US, although the market is still a little short at the moment,” says Jose Roggiero of Freshway Produce.  Current crop has good qualityFreshway Produce works…

Origine Group ships the last containers of Italian kiwi to the overseas market

By March the last containers of Italian kiwis will have been shipped by Origine Group to overseas markets. This season was definitely challenging due to the reduction in volume and sizes of the Italian green kiwi, and to the very strong turbulence on the logistics front, but which has nevertheless seen a…

Aerodynamic Allesbeste moves its avocado sales office to the Netherlands

The annual Maluma Symposium would normally be taking place now, drawing visitors from the avocado world to Tzaneen in Limpopo, but due to Covid it has been postponed and fortuitously too, says Donovan Lewis, Allesbeste marketing manager: the avocado harvest has just started and they’re doing a lot of…

Chinese companies looking to grow 4,800 hectares of durians in Laos

Chinese companies are looking to rent 3,200 to 4,800 hectares of state-owned land in Vientiane, Laos, in order to grow durians and export them to China, reported Lao media.…

Processing dragon fruit in Vietnam

The video below shows the processing of dragon fruit, which will be exported from Vietnam after the process.

Pitaya continues to gain ground in Spain

In 2010 some Canarian producers accepted the proposal of the town hall of Tenerife to carry out a study on pitaya. "It was an unknown product and we were the first to…

Philippines: Ilocos Norte claims 'garlic capital' tag

Last Saturday, representative Angelo Marcos Barba of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte, the sponsor of House Bill 8109, said that once officially declared as garlic capital,…

Chinese loquats from Miyi county maintain stable production volume and price

The Miyi loquat is a specialty product from Miyi county in Panzhihua City in Sichuan province. The fruit is brightly colored and has an intensely sweet flavor. The fruit peel…

Ginger, high prices in the large-scale retail trade

The volumes of ginger available on the market are not enough to meet the demand, but prices are still competitive. In this period of the year, most of the product comes from China, Brazil and Peru. Italian ginger, on the other hand, is still very limited in terms of volumes. Two days ago, in a…

"Vietnamese dragon fruit is not easily transported to China, but the price of domestic dragon fruit is rising"

The supply volume of Vietnamese dragon fruit to the Chinese market rapidly declined this season as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This situation created some commercial opportunities for domestic dragon fruit. A growing number of Chinese consumers is now familiar with domestic dragon fruit brands.…

Chinese border customs destroyed 17.24 tons of smuggled durians

On March 3, Nanning Customs destroyed 17.24 tons of durians suspected of being smuggled from the border between China and Vietnam. The packaging showed that these durians came…

Unr.edu

University of Nevada, Reno

Study shows cactus pear as drought-tolerant crop for sustainable fuel and food

Could cactus pear become a major crop like soybeans and corn in the near future, and help provide a biofuel source, as well as a sustainable food and forage crop? According to a recently published study, researchers from the University believe the plant, with its high heat tolerance and low water use,…

NZ growers to decide Zespri trial approach

At this point in time, it is up to New Zealand growers to decide whether Zespri should progress with a trial partnership with unauthorised growers of G3 kiwifruit in China. A…

Musang King harvested for the first time in Thailand

MAFTA is a Thai fruit trade association that brings together young and experienced entrepreneurs in the industry. The organization is committed to gathering the strength of the industry, responding to the complex international situation, accurately positioning the market, and bringing fresh and delicious…

Tim Struckman, Exotic Roots:

"With our packaging line we want to bring consumers into contact with exotics they never buy"

Starting your own business in the export of exotics during COVID times sounds like a challenge. Nevertheless, according to Tim Struckman of Exotic Roots, it is precisely now that offers opportunities for a start-up. The first shipment arrived on September 23rd 2020 and the young company is developing…

The Navarrese company Endinava, specialist in endives and live lettuces, becomes a fig grower

"There is a boom in the consumption of figs"

From selling endives and live lettuces to also betting on a fruit that is becoming increasingly popular in the countries of central and northern Europe: figs. The Navarrese company Endinava has found a way to produce this fruit in an organic way in an unusual area for its cultivation. The origins of Endinava…

Michael Franks - Seeka

"SunGold 7-10 days advanced, Hayward same as last year"

The New Zealand kiwifruit harvest is about to begin and grower and post harvest company Seeka have been harvesting kiwiberry for a few weeks now and are on the home straight now with one orchard to go. The company's kiwifruit harvest is expected to start this Sunday in Northland at Kerikeri. "Seeka is…

Egypt in talks to export grapes & pomegranates to Japan

Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Al-Sayed el-Quseir has been discussing the prospects for agricultural cooperation between his country and Japan with…

Zespri launchess red kiwi in China with Pagoda

Recently, Zespri revealed the launch of their red kiwifruit variety in the Chinese mainland market. Pagoda has been chosen as their exclusive partner in this market. As the…

New Zealand expects largest ever kiwifruit harvest

New Zealand’s 2021 kiwifruit harvest has kicked off with the first commercial crop being picked this morning in Gisborne and more kiwifruit to be picked across New Zealand over the coming days. The 2021 season is forecast to be another record-breaking year with more kiwifruit produced than ever before,…

National Sustainable Ginger Platform for Nigerian ginger sector

Five public and private-sector parties are now working together in the transition to a sustainable ginger sector in Nigeria. They launched the National Sustainable Ginger…

Westfalia’s Mozambican litchi programme brings the sweet taste of success

In a victory for more than 200 smallholder growers, Westfalia Fruit is celebrating a bountiful 2020 litchi season in Mozambique.The returns from the 2020 bumper crop are uplifting a community of small-scale farmers in Manica Province, who, with the help of Westfalia over the past five years, have secured…

JC Muller – Sonlia Fruit Packers

Wellington packer on the forefront of optical sorting of pomegranates and stonefruit

These are peak packing weeks at 21-year old Sonlia Fruit Packers outside Wellington, where late plums like African Delight, September Yummy, Angelenos (and there are a lot of plums this season) and the last nectarines coincide with early pomegranates at what is Africa’s largest pomegranate packer.“It’s…

Domestic sales suffer from the Covid-19 pandemic

Malaysian durian sales rely on Chinese market demand

According to specialists in the Malaysian durian industry, the ongoing pandemic has had serious negative consequences for domestic durian sales. That is why the Malaysian…

Upcoming kiwi field days in the Southern Cape

Mpumalanga Soreli kiwi harvest lives up to expectations – but it won’t work everywhere

There’s a lot of excitement about kiwis and the issues driving it, are twofold: on the one hand, farmers in other sectors like forestry or dairy looking for foreign earnings, or trying to concentrate their activities to fewer hectares. And then, continues Peter Turner, director of Variety Innovations…

Queensland: Moonrocks horticulture business diversifies with garlic powder range

St George horticultural company Moonrocks is diversifying once again, adding a range of direct-to-consumer garlic products to its range. The business, run by brothers Andrew…

New Zealand: Kiwi pickers and packers to be paid living wage

As New Zealand’s industry attempts to fill a 23,000 worker short fall, kiwifruit pickers and packers can expect to earn at least a living wage of $22.10 during this year's…

Laumont

"Online sales of black truffles to individuals multiplied tenfold this year"

Black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) is the height of the season. This mushroom, which is highly appreciated in gastronomy for its aroma, is an increasingly common ingredient on…

14,000 tons of Vietnamese dragon fruit exported to China during during holiday

According to Lao Cai Port Customs, from the holiday period of February 10 to 17, over 14,000 tons of dragon fruit were exported to China via this port. During the Spring…

South Africa is ready to export kiwifruit to Northern Hemisphere

Enthusiasm within the Mzansi kiwifruit industry is running high as producers get ready to take advantage of the market gap in exports to Asia and Europe. South Africa’s…

‘Garlic and ginger can reduce cancer risk to boost longevity’

Ageing is deterioration of the physiological functions in human body. It is associated with several diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cancer and…

South African kiwiberries benefit from cool, wet summer

There is a short, sharp season for South African kiwiberries flown out to Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany and the Netherlands. Danie Meyer grows three varieties of kiwiberry on his farm Nooyenskopje in Magoebaskloof, Limpopo: the Thai, Wha and Rua varieties. The kiwiberry harvest started two weeks ago,…

Jack Niama, Inti Harvest

"We give smaller growers of exotics the opportunity to bring their products to Europe"

Jack Niama, owner of Inti harvest, an import company specialised in the trade of special exotic fruits such as pitahaya, granadilla, tamarillo, pepino, maracuya, passion fruit, physalis, etc., flies often to South America to visit the growers with whom the company has a close relationship and helps them…

The value of Peruvian ginger exports increased by 156% in 2020

Peruvian ginger exports registered remarkable growth in 2020. According to the Association of Agricultural Producers Guilds of Peru (AGAP), last year the country shipped…

Well-known marketer takes the reins at South African avo organisation

Last week the Board of the South African Avocado Growers’ Association elected Clive Garrett, who previously held the position as vice-chair, to chairperson of the organisation for the next two years. Clive, a keen cyclist and chartered accountant by training, is also marketing manager at Mooketsi-based…

Tunis has its local edible flower grower

Sonia Ibidhi, a 42-year-old former Tunisian journalist, changed her life and decided to settle in Tabarka (north-western Tunisia) to produce edible flowers, a novel product…

Makhoma Farms: Custard apples coming into season

John and Cassie Warren have grown custard apples on the Gin Gin multi-crop farm for six years. Makhoma Farms grows a variety of crops such as mangoes, lychees, avocados and…

Market price goes up by 20%

Malaysian durian production volume declined

This season the production volume of Malaysian durian showed a significant decline. On top of that the cost price of transport is extraordinarily high because of the pandemic. That is why the export of Malaysian durian is under pressure. Manager He, spokesperson for New Leaf Plantation Berhad, recently…

Musang King durian gains popularity in export market, and is no longer just for fashionable young consumers

Extended lockdown measures in Malaysia raise the cost price of Musang King durian

The Chinese Spring Festival [12 February, 2021] is always a busy time of the year for fruit traders. This year, however, the Covid-19 pandemic proved to be a significant challenge for the market. Datuk Vincent of Shanghai Youxiang Trade Co., Ltd. recently shared his insights into the market for Malaysian…

Vietnam grows Japanese vegetables to export to Japan

Vu Muon is an extremely disadvantaged commune in Bach Thong District. With limited arable land and a shortage of water, rice growing is barely profitable. During the winter,…

Vietnamese produce exports to Netherlands up

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the export of Vietnamese products like pepper and rice to the Netherlands has soared since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade…

“Sales for Greek kiwis are rather fast this season”

It’s been busy time for Greek kiwi exporters. Sales have been faster than they usually are, meaning the exporters have to start slowing down to prevent an early end to the season. According to one exporter, they’ve sold about 10% more than they did last year during the same time period. Christina…

Deglet nour date trial preparation starts as 'star-performing' variety returns to Australia

A South Australian date grower is reviving a special date palm variety after striking a deal with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It will revive a…

Sarwat Radwan founds new import agency AKL ExoFresh LLC

"I have made it my mission to bring Egyptian exotics to the fore"

Egyptian fruit and vegetable products are increasingly more popular in the German and Western European specialised trade. But apart from citrus, pulses and sweet potatoes, tons of fruit exotics are produced in the North African country as well. The further development and promotion of this product…

Equity fund raises $69 million for SunGold kiwifruit

The purchase of three Gisborne properties as part of a new private equity fund’s multimillion investment into SunGold kiwifruit has been hailed as a “really good” boost for jobs and the entire industry here. The private equity fund, established by Origin Capital Partners — which comprises of Paul Jones…

Malaysian market price of Chinese lotus root doubles

Malaysia imports lotus roots from China. The Malaysian market price for lotus roots recently went up, but is still as popular as ever with Malaysian consumers. Many importers…

Aberdeen University

Aberdeen research says American potato bean could be grown in UK

Research involving Aberdeen scientists has uncovered that a plant native to America has potential to be grown in the UK. The high protein potato bean, commonly found in Florida, Texas and Colorado, once was a staple foraged food source. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute,…

Himachal Pradesh wants to market ginger through Safal outlets

With a bumper production of 16,650 tons in 2020 in Himachal Pradesh’s leading ginger-producing Sirmaur district, the state government now intends to market it in the National…

François Bellivier, Capexo:

“The demand for ginger continues to grow”

Currently available on the ginger market are the Peruvian, Chinese and Brazilian origins (transported by plane). The Thai origin should arrive on the market within 2 weeks. The coronavirus crisis has boosted the ginger sales, but the consumption had already increased strongly in recent years. “Today, the…

Crown and kiwifruit sector plaintiffs settle long-running litigation over Psa

The Crown and kiwifruit sector plaintiffs have reached an out-of-court settlement to the long-running litigation arising from the 2010 incursion of the kiwifruit vine disease,…

En.wikipedia.org

Locally grown exotic fruits offset Georgian imports

Loladze Farm is the only producer of the kiwano (spiked melon) in Georgia. Loladze Farm grows exotic fruits and it has partially replaced their import counterparts in the…

Organic kiwi growers seeing shifts in California industry

Unlike its conventional counterpart, organic kiwifruit from California is up in volume this season. “Due to weather issues that reduced fruit set, production per acre was significantly down across the state this season resulting in a 13 percent decline in total volume of kiwifruit in California…

Expectations that the return of the school year won't boost banana sales like before

After months of shut schools, in a number of South African provinces like Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal school are finally re-opening for the new school year coming Monday. Traditionally a new school term heralds boosted sales of bananas and apples, but this year is different.  "We shouldn't be expecting a boom…

Logistics have driven up demand for Lunar New Year fruits

Today is the celebration of Chinese New Year. Both volume and demand look to be up this year for two popular fruits associated with Lunar New Year - pomelos and red dragon fruit. Red dragon fruit represents good luck and fortune thanks to its color. Tony Ferris of Calgary, Alberta-based Thomas Fresh notes…

University of Tartu research

Boosting people’s health with the Jerusalem artichoke

Viia Kõiv, Tanel Tenson and Elin Org are researchers at the University of Tartu. The trio has found a new way to improve the health of the immune and nervous system and…

New Zealand supermarkets full of passion(fruit) this Valentine’s Day

Kiwis are being urged to make the most of an influx of passionfruit that will hit supermarket shelves just in time for Valentine’s Day as the soaring cost of air freight has…

Mandarin & turmeric

Additional commodities included for the subsidy through Kisan Rail transportation

To incentivise farmers to transport their agricultural produce through Kisan Rail, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Food Processing Industries have included Mandarin (a…

Kiwifruit destocking proceeding smoothly

"Compared to last year, kiwifruit destocking was quicker and 10-12% more produce was sold. The campaign is proceeding smoothly for green kiwifruits and it was excellent for golden kiwifruits," explains Pietro Fabbri, president of OP Eur.O.P.Fruit. Pietro Fabbri "We talked to the various representatives…

Destined for Barasat station, West Bengal

First Kisan Rail shipment of turmeric departs from Telangana

South Central Railway (SCR) has started the first ‘Kisan Rail’ from Telangana, transporting turmeric from Warangal station to the Barasat station in West Bengal. On Monday,…

Uganda

Lemon and ginger prices lowering in Kampala

There is a significant drop in demand and price for lemons and ginger across Kampala markets. This stems from a decline in the use of lemons and ginger by residents to boost…

Mandy & Deon Mills, Journey’s End

Connoisseurs aim to raise the game on cactus pears

Six years ago Deon and Mandy Mills bought a farm in the Free State, close to Parys where he grew up and where he used to pick wild prickly pears. The farm in Koppies already contained a cactus pear (or Indian fig) orchard of 4ha, established on a slight slope (which has been fortuitous this unusually…

Navi Mumbai:

New supplies bring down wholesale price of garlic - no respite in retail

Despite the supply of garlic in the wholesale market picking up, there is no respite in the retail market as the produce is being sold above Rs150 per kg while the wholesale…

Republic of Georgia

Garlic production decreasing - imports increasing

Garlic production in Georgia is dropping every year. Geostat data for 2019 shows that the production of garlic was just 50 per cent. In 2018, the country produced 4,600 tons…

Chinese import volume of Taiwanese sugar apples declines by 20%

The Taidong sugar apple from Taidong in Taiwan is a unique-looking fruit. Under regular weather conditions the sugar apple production season begins in December. Relevant data shows that Taidong county produces more than 80% of the sugar apples in Taiwan. Last year around 90%-95% of the sugar apples from…

Lower production led to rising durian prices in China

Due to lower production, the farm gate price of imported durians has been rising. Traders revealed that a box this year is two to three hundred yuan more expensive, which is…

South African economists claim government meddling in garlic and ginger prices will backfire

As the National Consumer Commission (NCC) announced with big fanfare that it would investigate seven major suppliers of garlic and ginger, economists are questioning if this…


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