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Exotic fruit and vegetables

Esra Soyleyen on the previous year of Aksun

“We’re doubling our fig sales every year!”

Where some companies try to innovate constantly to beat the competition, others might be a bit more conservative, sticking to what has worked for them for years. For Aksun, it’s a mix of both. While investing in new machinery, they don’t feel like they need to reinvent the wheel every season. It’s worked…

Philippines Dept of Agriculture to monitor production and import of onion & garlic

The Department of Agriculture (DA) of the Philippines issued a stronger and more streamlined monitoring and evaluation scheme for both locally-produced and imported onions and…

The rise of the avocado in China

In China, avocados are still relatively unknown among consumers. They, therefore, need to be promoted a lot. They also still have a long way to go. However, this product's popularity is growing, and its potential is enormous.The Dutch company, FruitMax, is based in Shanghai, China. This company imports fruit for the Chinese…

“We are a one stop shop for all exotic veg, sourcing from over 25 countries"

Fresh4U based in the Western International Market in London, specialises in exotic fruit and vegetables which are becoming increasingly popular as many products previously considered exotic have become mainstream produce. There are new products being introduced every year which the company sources as per…

Scott Miller of Tropic Trading:

“Jackfruit is still mostly destined for the ethnic markets”

While jackfruit is grown year-round, the crop does have a high season that runs from spring to fall. Right now, the crop is in its low-season; producing lower volumes and being sold at higher prices. According to Scott Miller of California-based Tropic Trading, the lower volumes aren’t an issue because…

150,000 tons expected to be marketed ahead of the Super Bowl

Hail in Michoacán will not harm avocado exports to the US

The unusual hailstorms recorded this Monday in the avocado producing regions of Tancítaro, Periban and Ario de Rosales, in the Mexican state of Michoacán, have not caused significant damage to the fruit. Consequently, the export program launched ahead of the Super Bowl, where avocados are the "official…

Pascale Begoulle, SIKIG:

“There’s a certain loyalty to the French origin on the European market”

“The French kiwi market is active, but not particularly dynamic,” reports Pascale Begoulle of SIKIG. “This is not surprising because roughly all the fruit and vegetable markets in France are calmer than usual.” Besides France, SIKIG sells its kiwis in several European countries. “For the moment, the…

New Covent Garden Market report:

‘Exotic fruit and meat alternatives to fill plates in 2020’

According to New Covent Garden Market predictions, 2020's top trends will be flavoursome fruits, a focus on British and a new wave of meat alternatives. The market’s annual Fruit and Vegetable Trends Report 2020 is based on qualitative trader insights, with its wholesalers representing some of the…

Kiwifruit company Baygold convicted on environmental charges

Kiwifruit company Baygold has been convicted on two charges of restricted land use, being fined just under $50,000. The company previously pleaded guilty to both charges and…

Compañía Aguacatera del Sur: “Our main strategy is still working with the best”

"We will seek a balance between exporter expectations and the capacity of European operators"

Compañía Aguacatera del Sur has taken stock of the 2019 avocado campaign in Europe and analyzed the forecasts of what is coming in the 2020 campaign. "It has been a season packed with great challenges, but we have faced the year's various campaigns setting objectives for each of them, and the results…

Costa Rica strengthens its avocado sector with its National Avocado Plan

The Government of Costa Rica will present the National Avocado Plan on Wednesday, January 22. The plan was jointly prepared by the national avocado producers and the Ministry…

Michoacan produces 76% of Mexico's cherimoyas

According to data from the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service (Siap), the Mexican state of Michoacan produces 173 tons of the 259 tons of the cherimoya that…

India: West Bengal was no.1 vegetable producing state in 2018-19

For the year 2018-19, West Bengal has emerged as the number one Indian state regarding vegetable production, according to the data presented at a recent horticultural meeting.…

Zespri’s Momentum 2020 conference

“We’re challenging ourselves to continue to grow and do even better in the years ahead"

Among the topics on the agenda for Zespri’s Momentum 2020 conference at Mount Maunganui in February are: climate change, futures research and playing “the Infinite Game”. The conference is expected to attract some 400 New Zealand and international delegates. It is also a chance for kiwifruit marketers to…

Nicolas Parra of Ocati:

“We are expecting to increase goldenberries by 40% for the US market”

The goldenberry goes by many names – physalis, gooseberry, and, of course, goldenberry. The main growing regions are located in South America, with Colombia being one of the largest producers of the product. While this berry is still considered as exotic, and a good amount of consumers remain puzzled by…

Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora

Hass avocado sequencing could accelerate the obtaining of new varieties

The Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora has conducted a study that may entail great progress in the obtaining of new avocado varieties, almost halving the necessary period to achieve this. La Mayora's contribution to the scientific community involves a greater…

Honduras exports its first container with Hass avocado to Costa Rica

In December 2019, Honduras made its first export of Hass avocados to Costa Rica. More than 45,000 pounds of Hass avocado from the farms of producers in the communities of El…

"Xinjiang winter jujubes production season overlaps Fujian green jujubes"

"The sales seasons of green jujubes has already started. Green jujube production areas in Fujian experienced relatively little rainfall during the 2019 production season,…

"The export volume of our Musang King durian steadily grows"

The durian is a popular fruit in the Chinese market. Malaysia has more than 200 durian varieties, but one stands out among all others. The Musang King durian is the most popular variety in the Chinese market. China gave Malaysia permission to export whole, frozen durian to the Chinese market in 2019.…

Juan Antonio Vila, of IMG:

"We hope that the sale of palm hearts will grow, there are hardly any European importers"

Palm hearts, which are the tender heart of the palm stem, is a product with increasing consumption in Europe. “It contains great amounts of fiber and iron and has virtually no fat. It is very versatile, but it is mostly consumed in salads. The product is highly demanded by vegetarians,” says Juan Antonio…

Short-term tight supplies of Buddha’s hand

Supplies of Buddha’s hand out of California look to be tightening up. “The supplies are okay. Ours are kind of light,” says Jaime Serrato of Serrato Farms in Valley Center, Ca. “Last year we had a lot of rain in our area and a lot of rotting on the fruit. I think it transfers to the trees a little bit…

Akebi; the purple exotic fruit that smells like chocolate

Akebi is a mysterious fruit that has a pretty purple hue. It's not a common fruit that one can find in any supermarket. The plant is native to the north of Japan, China and the Korean Peninsula. Because its flowers smell like chocolate, the plant is also called the chocolate vine. Akebi's beautiful…

Pedro Aguilar, general manager of Westfalia Fruit

Korea and Chile, the next destinations for Colombia's Hass avocado

Avocado has become a high-potential export product and currency generator for Colombia. The country's Hass avocado exports have gone from less than $300,000 in 2012 to more…

American demand for Mexican avocados continues to rise

The Department of Agriculture of the USA states in a report, that Mexican avocado exports to the US for the 2019/2020 agricultural year are expected to exceed one billion…

Turkey exports pomegranates to the UK and Ukraine

Korkuteli, Antalya, a city in southern Turkey, exports the pomegranates that were kept in cold storage to the UK and Ukraine. Over the past few years, the production of pomegranates have increased. Korkuteli district waits to the end of the season to export the pomegranates they have in cold storage.…

Gérard Lliso, Select Agrumes:

“After a period with very low prices, the avocado market is getting more balanced again”

For several weeks, avocados were sold on the market at very low prices. According to Gérard Lliso, president of Select Agrumes, the arrival of the Spanish origin on the market was one of the factors triggering this drastic drop in prices.                         “In November/December, there were many origins present simultaneously on the market, including Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Kenya, Israel and Morocco, so there was already some competition. Then Spain arrived, earlier this…

Kiwi is a new fruit to come out of Alabama

A new fruit favorite has shown up among the locally grown apples, pears and other autumn-ripening favorites: Alabama-grown kiwis. As most of us know, these egg-shaped fruit is…

"Product quality of Chinese wax apples is better than last season"

The production season of Chinese wax apples is in full swing. Although some production areas were slightly delayed this year, the overall supply volume is rapidly growing. Market feedback shows that consumers are quite happy with the wax apples this year. Mr. Fang Kaizhe, founder of the Shanghai…

Hitting 'all-time high'

New Zealand: Kiwifruit prices almost double in one year

Prices for kiwifruit have hit an 'all-time high'. Stats NZ has released figures showing that kiwifruit prices peaked in December, up 32 per cent with a weighted average of…

Promotable volumes available from late winter of 2020

High expectations for California avocado crop in 2020 season

California-based global avocado marketer Index Fresh is looking forward to an “on” year for the California crop. The company is expecting promotable volumes from late winter of 2020 into early fall. “We will be looking at extending the season on the front and back ends,” said Giovanni Cavaletto, VP of…

Samuel Owusu Amankwaa, Y.O.Amankwaa & Sons

“We’re expecting very promising volumes of pineapples and mangoes this season”

Five years ago Fruit Brothers Ghana was set up by Y.O.Amankwaa and Sons, an import and export company based in Accra, Ghana. It supplies the West African market with imported apples, grapes and plums while marketing mangoes and pineapples to Europe (both retail and wholesale) and the Gulf region. Fruit…

Ruud Kester, Produce IT:

"Light at the end of the tunnel after tough weeks on the avo market"

At the end of November, the avocado market suddenly faced a sharp drop in prices. "No-one saw it coming. Over two weeks, prices for 4kg dropped from €18 to €7. We, therefore, really went under the bottom line," says Ruud Kester of the Dutch company, Produce IT. They cultivate avocados in Mexico and…

The Spanish Hass avocado harvest is in full swing

In January, the Andalusian Hass avocado harvest is usually in full swing in Malaga's Axarquia and the tropical coast of Granada, which account for about 90% of Spain's total production. Due to the unique climatic conditions required for this profitable fruit to survive, its cultivation is limited to very…

Zespri chief grower and alliances officer Dave Courtney:

"Another good kiwifruit season is likely"

Although it’s early days yet, there are promising signs of it being another good year for kiwifruit. Zespri’s chief grower and alliances officer, Dave Courtney told Rural News…

The analysis of Maurizio Filippi, of Commercio Frutta

Kiwis: Good prices for producers, but quantities are lacking

This year we could reach even 0.90 - 1 euro per kilogram for kiwifruit producers, but the poor yields do not allow us to obtain a satisfactory PLV. Maurizio Filippi of Commercio Frutta will analyze the current market situation. Maurizio Filippi. "The product is lacking, and this is well known - he says -…

Colombia's exotic fruit exports increased by 6%

According to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Colombia ranks 22nd among the 223 countries in the world with the greatest potential for land expansion for agricultural use without affecting the natural forest area of the territory, with 9 million hectares still arable. This…

Pagoda launches Daba Musang King durian brand

Pagoda announces new standards for Musang King durian during grand ceremony in Beijing

Pagoda organized a grand ceremony in Beijing on the 9th of January to announce both the official new standards for Musang King durian and the Daba Musang King durian brand. During the press conference, Pagoda introduced an integrated system for Musang King durian standards in the Chinese market. The new…

Would you put kiwifruit on a pizza?

Danish creation: kiwifruit pizza

A Danish pizzeria has shocked the internet, having presented a ‘kiwifruit pizza’. The pizza, which is topped with ham and kiwifruit, has divided opinions. (What a shocker) A photo of the pizza was posted to Reddit, with the comment: "Kiwi pizza from a Danish pizzeria, an unholy abomination." But many people said they would want…

First NZ company to get trademark protection status in China

Zespri gains trademark protection in China

According to a spokesperson from Zespri International, this company has become the first New Zealand company to be granted key trademark protection status in China. The kiwifruit marketer said its status was granted last week by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Bureau, thereby ensuring greater…

"Consumer audience is stable"

"Chinese market is warming up again for Hainan wax apples"

The new harvest of Chinese wax apples entered the market in December, 2019. The wax apples enter the market around the same time as large volumes of apples but since the texture and flavor of wax apples are characteristic and unique, many consumers flock to the market to purchase wax apples. Mr. Rain…

Peru plans to increase Hass avocado exports in 2020

The president of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru (ProHass), Daniel Bustamante Canny, stated that this year the country would surpass the 285,000 tons of Hass…

China now open for Chilean kiwifruit

Chinese kiwifruit export to Chile is now allowed if the kiwi fruit meets the regulations in relevant Chinese laws as well as the regulations set out in the "Treaty between the…

Chinese goji berries' peak export season falls around Christmas

“Chinese goji berries' peak export season falls around Christmas. The volume of orders from Europe and the United States for our products began to increase significantly from the end of November. The export volume is expected to continue growing through to mid-January. We are very happy to see that more…

"Green jujube prices in China 50% higher than last year"

Currently, fruits are flooding into the Chinese market. In addition to cherries, apples, and oranges, jujubes are also a popular product in this market. "Our milk jujubes from…

Dennis Brito of Golden Sweet Spirit discusses golden berry production and marketing

“Successful first shipments of Ecuador golden berry to US”

In December 2019, the first shipment of golden berries from Ecuador was sent to the United States. Dennis Brito of Golden Sweet Spirit shares: “We started with the production of golden berries in Ecuador twenty years ago and have built it up from nothing. Fourteen years ago, we sent our first letter to…

Melissa Hartmann de Barros of HLB:

“We made the papaya a staple item in European stores”

Though still seen as an exotic fruit by many, papayas can be found at almost any major retailer in Europe and North America. HLB Tropical Food, which was formed in Germany by Homero Levy de Barros, was a major player in the development of the papaya market in Europe. When Levy de Barros moved to the US…

"Chinese market conditions for Hainan wax apples are better than last year"

Black Iron wax apples originate in Pingtung County in Taiwan. This is a wax apple variety that is based on the Black Pearl wax apple, which was cultivated and improved to create the Black Iron wax apple. The new variety was introduced to Hainan around the year 2000, which means the Black Iron wax apple…

More than 1,000 million tons of avocados will be exported to the US this campaign

US demands more and more Mexican avocados

According to a report from the US Department of Agriculture in December, Mexican avocado exports for the 2019/2020 campaign are expected to exceed 1,000 million tons, a…

South Korea resumes persimmon exports to Vietnam

On Wednesday, South Korean officials said the nation’s traders have resumed the export of persimmons to Vietnam after the two countries reached an agreement on terms over…

Promotional opportunities will be available in February

Higher volumes of Ecuador dragon fruit entering US market

The popularity of dragon fruit in the U.S. has been increasing the past few years and this has led to an expansion of the fruit’s production in Latin American countries. Florida-based Freshway Produce, Inc. imports their dragon fruit primarily from Ecuador, and received this season’s first shipment of…

Mr. Avocado brings ready-to-eat avocados to Harbin, China

At the beginning of 2020, Mr. Avocado, a leading Chinese brand of ready-to-eat avocados, was officially launched in the “Ice City” Harbin through B.U.T Mart with a large-scale promotional roadshow. After a lot of research, Mr. Avocado chose B.U.T Mart supermarkets under the B.U.T Commercial Group, a…

José Illan, Tresacois:

“Slow start for the French kiwi campaign”

“The French kiwi campaign is starting slowly,” according to José Illan, commercial director of the Tresacois farm located in the south of France. “The market is not very active yet because other origins are still available, like Greece and Italy, but we really hope to switch to the French origin within a…

"The domestic production season is coming to an end, but the import season has not yet begun"

"Temporary shortage of pomegranate supply in China"

There are great differences in the pomegranate market conditions. Although the price was relatively high at the beginning of the season, some fruits were harvested too early, and this affected the price development later in the season. The production season is now coming to an end and the supply volume…

Tanzania: JV Biotech Enterprises supports cassava farmers

JV Biotech Enterprises, which falls under the Directorate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the University of Dar es Salaam, is now building capacity to local cassava…

Hugo Flores of Pampa Store:

“We have a steady supply of our Argentinian Brown Turkey figs“

Argentinian Brown Turkey figs exports this year started early December and for Pampa Store, the first shipment is destined to UK. Hugo Flores says: “We have been exporting the Brown Turkey figs worldwide for about 10 years with excellent acceptance of the variety by the markets and its end  consumers due its…

The water footprint of avocados in Spain reduced to 600 liters per kilo

The World Avocado Organization (WAO) has reported that the constant improvements and advances achieved in avocado cultivation have allowed the amount of water needed to…

Mauritius: Nets to protect lychees from bats

The Mauritius fruit bat (Pteropus niger) has been the subject of repeated culling campaigns, in response to pressure from the fruit-growing industry concerned over damage to commercially valuable orchard crops such as lychees. More than 31,000 fruit-bearing lychee trees also exist in private backyards,…

The Dominican Republic seeks to position itself in the global greenskin avocado market

The Dominican Republic is looking to position itself as the world's largest exporter of greenskin tropical avocado thanks to the Exporta Quality Program (PEC), funded by the…

Hass avocado continues to gain ground in Colombia's Quindio

The Colombian department of Quindio could soon be the leading producer of avocado in the country thanks to the investments in Hass avocado made there in recent years. In the last three years, five foreign companies from Chile and Peru have planted more than 2,600 hectares of Hass avocado in Quindio.…

Iran: Mazandaran province exported 100,000 tons of kiwis since March

A total of 100,000 tons of kiwis have been exported from Iran’s northern Mazandaran province since the beginning of the current fiscal year (March 21). This comes down to a twofold increase compared with last year’s corresponding period. According to Abdollah Mohajer, the head of Mazandaran Chamber of…

Investigating the fatty acid and VOCs profile in avocado genotypes grown in East-Central Florida

Worldwide avocado consumption is growing due to potential health benefits. Most research has been focused on Hass cultivar, whose performance is not well in Florida. Scientists at USDA-ARS Horticultural Research Laboratory of Ft. Pierce (Florida, USA) have evaluated the profile of fatty acids and…

Mexico: Avocado cultivation could cause an ecological collapse in 50 years

Several specialists have warned that the environmental cost of cultivating avocados, one of the most popular fruits in the world, was so high that it could cause an ecological collapse in less than 50 years. The main environmental impacts generated by the production of this fruit include the decrease in…

Waikato, more known for its green pasture than green kiwifruit is now home to almost 600ha

People looking to invest in horticulture in New Zealnd typically look to Northland for avocados, the Bay of Plenty for kiwifruit, and Hawke's Bay for apple orchards. But according to The New Zealand Herald continuing strong demand for horticultural crops and increasing pressure on land prices and…

Board to boost participation in booming pineapple industry

The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) aims to attract more companies to go into pineapple cultivation in the country. Its Director-General, Ruhaida Mashhor said it was…

Greek kiwi season comes with large sizes

The kiwi season in Greece is in full swing, and according to one exporter it has been a steady season so far. Despite a shortage in smaller sizes, there is enough volume available overall. Entering the Argentinian market however, came with some challenges for them. The year 2020 is shaping up to be an…

Cameron Carter - Seeka Australia

"We will see a steady increase in volumes over each season ahead as more production comes online"

Seeka Australia are looking forward to a good kiwifruit season despite the very hot and dry conditions. "We are delighted with the kiwifruit fruit set in Australia. The early view of the crop is good. The weather however is very hot, and dry and there is a long way to go to get to harvest. So we are…

David Posner - Awe Sum Organics

“Our first organic grapes from Peru will arrive in the US in the first week of January"

As Awe Sum Organics ramps up their imports of Chilean blueberries with the first arrivals from their main Organic Blueberry Farm located in Southern Chile, which are due to arrive on both the East and West Coast over the Christmas Holiday period, David Posner, Awe Sum’s CEO takes a look at what is coming…

Ortogel Spa

Blood orange prices extremely low

Ortogel confirms the difficulties that affected the 2019/20 citrus fruit campaign caused by the weather and market dynamics and reports a 520% drop in volumes. "Unfortunately, the segment is also affected by the fact that Sicilian blood oranges are quoted at the same price of the produce from South…

Queensland researchers developing red skin custard apple variety

A new red skin custard apple selection has the potential to expand export markets and promote the traditional green skin varieties both domestically and internationally, according to researchers at Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF). The variety was formed as part of the custard…

US importer doubles volume of South African lychees

Despite a challenging start, the South African lychee import season is making positive headway. One US importer, Seasons Farm Fresh, said it is planning to double imports this season. It is the fourth year that the company has marketed South African lychees. After beginning with a trial of just 10…

Gerry Li, Rida Trade:

“2019 was an exceptional year for ginger”

The 2019 ginger year will be remembered as exceptional. “The harvest in China was not as good as expected,” says Gerry Li. Li is the Sales Manager at produce wholesaler, Rida Trade. This company is located in Poeldijk, the Netherlands. “It was 20 to 30% lower. This caused prices to rise at the beginning of…

Will the price of Vietnamese fruit drop after China improves import standards?

China is the most important export market for Vietnamese fruit. Data from January this year shows that nearly 75% of Vietnamese fruit export is destined for the Chinese fruit…

Spanish company manages to improve Hass avocado setting by 50%

A recent study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora has warned that, due to climate change, the flowering date of Hass avocados has been advanced in Spain, and that this could lead to issues with the pollination and a reduction of…

"Opening of Chinese market will promote the growth of durian industry in Malaysia"

The Chinese believe that durians can generate heat in the body, so they like to consume this fruit in the winter. As a result, the export of Malaysian durians to China is expected to enter peak time by the end of December. Mr. He, Manager of Newleaf Plantation Berhad, Malaysia, talked about production…

Costa Rica: 500-hectare pineapple farm project suspended due to environmental concerns

The Costa Rican Corporación Agrícola del Monte SA-Pindeco proposed a project that would have established a 500-hectare pineapple farm near Palmar Sur. The project, however, has been suspended for environmental reasons by Costa Rica’s Environment and Energy Ministry (MINEA) because opponents argued that…

Strawberry prices down for Christmas, but kiwifruit prices up

In November, kiwifruit prices rose 67 per cent, to a weighted average price of $6.25 per kilogram. This compares with $3.32 in November last year. "We typically see kiwifruit…

"We expect our pitahaya volumes to increase by 40 per cent next year"

The pitahaya is doing well in Nicaragua, thanks to hard work and collaboration with a team of agronomists. According to one exporter, the yields have increased by more than 30 per cent and it is expected that volumes will increase by 40 per cent next year. For Nicaraguan pitahaya exporter Sol Organica it…

Melissa Hartmann de Barros on HLB’s 30th anniversary and the company’s expansion

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of HLB, a family-owned company who started off importing fish into Germany. Since its founding, the company has grown to two independent branches – HLB Tropical Food in Germany, and HLB Specialties in Florida – and helped open up and develop numerous markets for exotic…

Litchi shortage looms in European market, says South African trader

South African litchi crop early and much reduced by sunburn & fruit splitting

The tale of the 2019/2020 South African litchi season isn’t a happy one, which is a real pity as there was a good crop on the trees, notes Pierre Pieters of Core Fruit. “But then six days of temperatures past 40°C and humidity as low as 10% about a month ago really roasted the fruit.” A maximum…

PhD recipient thinks out of the box to benefit pomegranate industry

Sometimes one has to think outside the box to solve a problem. This is exactly what Dr Matia Mukama from the Postharvest Technology Research Laboratory at Stellenbosch University (SU) did when he designed new multi-layer ventilated cartons that could soon help increase pomegranate export volumes per unit…

Exports of the Queen Garnet Plum set to grow this season

Exports of the Queen Garnet Plum are expected to increase significantly, especially into Asia, as more opportunities open up for the "superfood'. Australia's Nutrafruit Pty Ltd holds the global licence to market the plum and associated products, and CEO and Managing Director Luke Couch says international…

Kuifkop dragonfruit makes its European debut

A South African dragonfruit cultivar with an average Brix of 19 is making its exporting debut this month. Kuifkop Boerdery together with Origin Fruit and It’sofresh are sending the first containers by airfreight to the Netherlands (YEX) and to Germany (Ingmar Heuer GmbH) this week, followed by volumes to…

New markets for Azerbaijani pomegranates

In a recent statement, Chairman of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Pomegranate, Farhad Garashov, said that Poland and France have joined the list of countries…

Origine Group enters new market

First container of Italian kiwis sent to Mexico

The first container of kiwis from Origine Group heading towards Mexico is leaving today from the Genoa port. “It is our first load of top-quality kiwi for this new overseas market, which this season opened to the Italian product – says the Managing Director of Origine Group, Alessandro Zampagna-. This is…

Mexico's avocado seeks its way to Qatar

Victor Villalobos, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), stated that they were currently working with the Government of Qatar on the protocol…

As Shanghai Neuhof former general manager is in jail

Chinese importer seeks delay in Zespri case

The Chinese importer that is trying to sue Zespri for $25 million, wants a trial held off until 2021 because its lead witness remains in a Chinese jail. Shanghai Neuhof first…

Chinese scientists to help Chile boost kiwi industry

Chinese scientists are ready to help Chile expand its kiwi industry with new varieties of the fruit. A delegation from the Jiangxi Academy of Sciences in southeast China…

First shipment of Ecuador goldenberry heads for US

On December 12, 2019 the first export of fresh goldenberries to the United States, took place. It departed from Shungourko production and processing center of Andean and…

Greece a fierce competitor when it comes to kiwifruit

"All European countries are increasing their kiwifruit supplies, but Greece has gone from 50 to 150 thousand tons in just ten years," reports Stefano Pezzo, president of Fruitimprese Veneto. "Greece has gone from 75 to 220 thousand tons in around 10 years. Domestic consumption is very low, so production costs…

World avocado production continues to increase

WAO say they need to start thinking about strategies to mitigate possible imbalance between avocado supply and demand

The avocado market has experienced a boom in recent years in many parts of the world, especially in Europe, the second-largest consumer of this food worldwide. Currently, there are about 60 countries that produce this fruit, among which Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia stand out as the main…

Seth Holmes - Desert Fruit Namibia

"We ship fresh and allow our dates to ripen at the consumer"

Desert Fruit Namibia, a date farm which actively farms and markets speciality varieties including Medjool, Zamli, Khallas and Barhi. Desert Fruit is confidence of a good harvest of the fresh dates, which is envisaged for end January or early February 2020. Managing Director Seth Holmes said that the…

Fornari: "We did not expect such a response from the market"

Great demand for red kiwifruit

The reasons are many but the fact is that the red kiwifruit did extremely well and is increasingly in demand, and this does not seem to be a passing fad.  According to Alessandro Fornari of Jingold, "When we launched the yellow-pulp kiwifruit, it took years to introduce this new fruit to the consumers, to make them understand and appreciate…

Jörg Sturmberg, JERSA Fruchtimport LLC about the current market:

"High failure rates in order to maintain required garlic quality standards."

It is not a bad time for garlic on the German market at the moment. The product has staying power and expects another sales peak at Christmas. This is explained by Jörg Sturmberg, Managing Director of Jersa Fruchtimport LLC, a garlic specialist based in Bergisch Gladbach. "At the beginning of 2020, the season…

Will it be kiwifruit or strawberries for Christmas?

According to Stats NZ numbers, using kiwifruit for your Christmas pavlova may be more costly than last year, while strawberry prices are down as the holidays approach. Prices for other Christmas products like soft drinks, boxed chocolates, and pork roast are also down. In November, kiwifruit prices rose…

Sales of red kiwi fruit faster than previous years

"The kiwi fruit production areas in Guizhou suffered from hailstones and excessive rainfall earlier this season. The pollination rate is relatively low this year and in some production areas the fruit fell from the trees. However, the weather conditions in the second half of the season were perfect. The…

Data from General Department of Vietnam Customs

Exotic fruits flooding into Vietnam, and getting more affordable

Every month, Vietnam spends an average of US$150 million to import vegetables and fruits (mostly fruits). Fruits imported from Australia and the US alone increased by 50-70…

Webinar this Thursday, December 12

Measuring dry matter and brix non-destructively in kiwis

The all new Kiwi Quality Meter, designed and manufactured by US-based Felix Instruments, promises to be a game-changer for kiwi fruit producers worldwide. Slated for release in early 2020, the new measurement tool will enable growers and QA personnel to measure fruit dry matter and Brix more quickly and…

Pitapalma

Successful conclusion for La Palma's first pitahaya campaign

The Canary pitahaya campaign has just come to a close in La Palma. The Pitapalma association, which brings the island's producers of this tropical fruit together, initially marketed its production in La Palma; then it started shipping to other islands, such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Later, the fruit…

The United States opens its market to Ecuador's cape gooseberry

After 11 years of negotiations, on November 5th, the US authorized the entry of Ecuadorian cape gooseberry in its market. The Golden Sweet Spirit company will make the first…

Avocados are highly coveted by thieves in Spain

Thefts happen regularly in Andalusian avocado farms, mostly due to the high prices that this fruit reaches in the markets. Avocado producers in the Axarquía, in Malaga, have been denouncing this for years. The area's climatic conditions are almost perfect for the production of avocados; consequently, the…

Mexico's avocado sector plans to increase its production yields

The president of the Association of Avocado Producers, Packers, and Exporters of Mexico (APEAM), Gabriel Alejandro Villaseñor Zurita, stated within the framework of the XII National Congress of the Avocado Product System that they planned to increase the yield of Mexican avocado crops from the current 10…

Production is threatened

Spanish Hass avocado flowering advanced by climate change

Researchers at the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora have confirmed that in recent years, the flowering of the most marketed avocado variety worldwide, the Hass, has been advanced by climate change. In the study, carried out by researchers Iñaki Hormaza and Librada…

Reduction of cherimoya acreage in southern Spain

Tropical fruits like avocados, mangoes or loquat have been gaining ground on cherimoyas in the province of Malaga, even though there are still some productive areas in the municipalities of Nerja, Frigiliana, Torrox, Algarrobo and Vélez-Málaga. However, this reduction of the acreage is not happening only…

Argentina's kiwi still has a lot of potential

The kiwi has probably been the fruit with the biggest productive boom in Argentina in recent years. “Kiwi became globalized at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of…

Holiday demand for edible flowers increasing

Supplies of edible flowers from California are steady, although slowing down slightly. “Their availability is pretty decent at this time of year, although things slow down and demand picks up because of the holiday and catering activities,” says Steve Hurwitz of Bay Area Herbs & Specialties in San…

Papaya crop an alternative for intensive horticultural production of Almeria

The high-yield agricultural model in Almería is based on eight different crops grown under plastic greenhouses: tomato, sweet pepper, cucumber, courgette, aubergine, green…

Tomato, date and olive value chains in Jordan offer good opportunities

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jordan Office has carried out a rapid appraisal of three selected value chains that are of export potential and accessible to high…

Mike Looije, Yex:

"Pomegranate market slowly reviving, after quiet period"

There has not been much demand for pomegranates for a long while now. However, according to Yex's Product Manager, Mike Looije, demand is on the rise again. "There were many production countries on the market for a long time. It was, therefore, easy to find pomegranates. We are currently getting most of…

Anti-rain films to protect new kiwifruit orchards

Kiwifruit growers from the Latina province are installing anti-rain films and windproof nets to safeguard orchards and deal with climate change. The multi-hole thermal Gea Plast anti-rain film is perfect for this. It boasts outer reinforcements and is made of PE and EVA.  "The film spreads the light, reduces temperature stress…

Harvest time affects ripening quality of kiwifruit

Scientists at Kangwon National University (Chuncheon, Republic of Korea) have investigated the effect of harvest time on ripening quality of kiwifruit cultivars. For the…

Remco Tielen starts Growers and More's retail division

"We are well on our way to meeting our clients demands for year-round exotics"

Remco Tielen started as Growers and More's Account Manager this week. This firm is based in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. Remco began his career in the frozen goods industry.…

Kiwi exports Iran at $97 million last year

Close to 140,000 tons of kiwis worth $97 million were exported from Iran in the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2019), deputy agriculture minister for Horticultural Affairs…

Ghana: Western Region invites investment in $400 mln coconut industry

Western Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has invited investors to explore opportunities in the coconut production industry in the region. He said the Western…

Extreme Indian monsoons positive for Turkish pomegranate exporters

Turkish pomegranate sizes are larger this year than usual. With a couple of months more to go in the season, one exporter is expecting to double its sales this year. This is due to an increased demand for pomegranates from Turkey. The heavy monsoon season in India has turned out positive for Turkish…

Edilson Hernandez, Prime Tropics' manager:

"Unlike other countries, Guatemala can supply finger limes throughout the whole year"

Guatemala could consolidate itself as the origin of the exotic citrus fruit known as finger lime. Prime Tropics, the Guatemalan company that specializes in exotic fruits, such as rambutan, achacha, and mangosteen, has decided to invest in the production of finger lime, an exclusive citrus fruit that is…

China opens its market to the Dominican avocado

The Dominican ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Briunny Garabito, stated that China had authorized imports of Dominican avocados and that all the permits required…

The PDO ships 150 boxes to Valencian citizens living in the EU

Mollar pomegranates from Elche spreading love in Europe

150 boxes of Mollar pomegranates from Elche have been shipped free of charge by the Protected Designation of Origin to people from the Region of Valencia who currently live in the European Union. This has been done in the framework of the campaign "El Nadal és valencià" (Christmas is Valencian) organized…

55 million kilos of cherimoyas expected in Spain

The protected designation of origin Chirimoya de la Costa Tropical de Granada-Málaga expects the province of Granada to produce 55 million kilos of the fruit this campaign,…

Georgia exported more kakis in October 2019 than in all of 2018

This season's kaki production in Georgia has yet to be estimated, but based on October's results, it is already clear that it will be much better than last year's. Growers of…

Lower kiwi volumes in Italy make for a promising Greek season

With the Italians having fewer volumes and smaller sizes available, this could be a good time for the Greek kiwis to make a stand. Despite some weather issues during the spring, one Greek kiwi exporter is looking to the new season with optimism and positivity. The kiwi season in Greece is looking quite…

Specialized retailer Franz Laslo soon to open third "Beit Shalom" store

"We are increasingly turning to Israeli fruits."

Nowadays, every retailer tries to stand out from the crowd with certain specialities and exclusive products, not only in the wholesale sector, but also in the retail trade. Franz Laslo from Schorndorf is no exception: the committed retailer has been operating a shop under the name "Beit Shalom" (House of…

Red-flesh kiwis from China slow in movement domestically, stable in export

The shelf life of red-flesh kiwis will be shorter this season due to adverse weather, which has led to a negative impact on the flavor. In general, the market acceptance this season is slightly lower than in previous years, and the movement is slower. Wang Jianlei, Manager of Chengdu Xinchaoyang Crop…

Kipepeo GmbH relies on dried fruit specialities from Tanzania

"Dried exotics are not only nutrient-rich, they also finance development projects."

As a direct importer, Kipepeo brings organic and fair-certified dried fruit to Germany. The fruits are grown in Tanzania, harvested ripe and dried gently. Kipepeo is committed to the import of excellent goods and fair trade with partners and small farmers: the value chain in Tanzania is to be exploited…

Johan Claes, Belgian New Fruit Wharf

"Ship with Madagascar lychees expected late next week"

A ship from Madagascar will arrive at the end of next week with lychees at the Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW) in Zeebrugge. "Last year, two vessels with lychees from Madagascar had to unload with us due to the protests by the yellow jackets in France. This year it's back to the normal volume and one…

Colombia started exporting Hass avocado to China

After opening the Chinese market for Colombian Hass avocado in July 2019, the South American country shipped out the first three containers of this fruit to China in record time. The fruit shipped was produced in the regions of Antioquia, Risaralda, and Valle del Cauca. The delegates of the Ministry of…

Imported granadilla heads into higher demand season

While production of granadilla looks steady, supplies may be down slightly compared to the rest of the year. “Granadilla has a year-round production affected by the weather conditions in Colombia. As a tropical country, we have small rainy and sunny seasons. And based on that, December to February we are…

Zespri to commercialise red kiwifruit

Kiwifruit consumers in some of Zespri’s key markets will soon be able to enjoy Zespri Red Kiwifruit following a decision from the Zespri Board today to commercialise a red…

J. A. Reyes Gutiérrez: "Avocado sales have multiplied by 10 in 5 years"

Expansion of avocado cultivation in Spain resulting in larger volumes this year

Last week, the Hass avocado harvest started in Malaga's Axarquía, the main producing area of this subtropical fruit in Spain. Although the yields are similar to last year's and the acreage has remained stable in Malaga, the production will be more abundant this season due to the expansion of the acreage…


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