Exotic fruit and vegetables

Joaquín Rey, of Fruitgrowing Quality:

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

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

New coconut brand makes eating fresh coconut accessible

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

Cravo

First avocados grown under an automated retractable roof greenhouse

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

Kiwifruit is going to be tested as a sleeping aid

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

Official start of the campaign

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

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

Trucco announces launch of kiwi facility in New Jersey

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

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

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

Giovanni Galatà's (Op Orizzonte) remarks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Xinjiang red jujube growers switching to winter jujubes for better prices

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

The Kingdom of Eswatini’s only commercial avo producer

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

Freshtasia wants to bring more variety into the vegetable ranges

Berlin start-up is dedicated to cultivating Asian vegetable specialties

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

Ukraine increases exotic fruit imports

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

Seedless avocados have the same taste but are a lot safer

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

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

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

Peruvian Hass avocado for industrial use enters the Mexican market

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

Eric Lagache, KINOBÉ Group:

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

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

Dr. Esraa Assaf on the Egyptian pomegranates

“Harvest of our Wonderful pomegranates was slightly delayed”

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

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

"Avo market situation boosts start-up business"

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

Companies work together to better promote Boerica kiwifruits

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

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

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

Excellent market prospects for Malaysian durians in China

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

Demand for prickly pears on the up

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

On tenth anniversary

Chilean Kiwi Committee presents its new roadmap

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

Pomegranate, an antioxidant, healing, and aphrodisiac fruit

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

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

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

Colombia negotiates the entry of Hass avocados into South Korea

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

How NZ kiwifruit can break into the US market

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

"We expect to export more kiwis than last season"

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

Oscar van Reisen, Anjamar Fruit:

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

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

Harvesting of G3 golden kiwis about to start

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

The Mexican region of Aguascalientes harvests its first pitahayas

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

Nevertheless, these specialties remain niche product within German trade

Quinces are enjoying increasing popularity in the trade

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

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

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

“Israeli pomegranate production up 20% from last year”

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

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

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

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

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

-12% compared to the same period of 2018

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

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

Spanish scientists analyze the genetic diversity of Vietnamese lychees

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

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

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

Les Saveurs de Jade

France: Exotic fruits and citrus grown in greenhouses

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

Imports fail to bring down onion prices in India

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

Mexico expects to export 2 million tons of avocado by 2030

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

Ecuadorian investors are interested in the avocado from Honduras

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

Colombian Hass avocado exporters are having one of their best moments

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

Zurich garlic center SOSU satisfied with current sales

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

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

Azerbaijan: Bilasuvar region exports pomegranates to Russia

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

Ive Lambert, Starfruit

"Horrible shortages and high prices on the avo market"

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

Almost 40 hectares of avocados planted in the Taranto province

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

International markets set their sights on Colombian avocados

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

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

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

Quince harvest satisfies Turkish producers

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

Indian garlic production up, but prices jumped 40% in September

The Millennium Post reports how garlic prices jumped up to 40 per cent in the last one month, even after production of this crop was 76 per cent higher than the previous year.…

Frieda Caplan

The woman who championed kiwifruit in America

It's 1962. You're a woman - the only woman - working in the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, a frenzied hive of testosterone-fuelled buying and selling of tomatoes,…

Asian vegetables gaining popularity with a new generation of travellers

While bok choy can be found in any regular Dutch supermarket, people still need to go to Asian supermarkets, also known as tokos, for other Asian leafy vegetables. “The buying public that frequent tokos is changing,” says Cees Visser of Dutch produce wholesaler, Asian Crop. “An increasing number of Dutch…

New kiwi variety imported into Canada

Red kiwis have started to be imported into Canada. “This is a new item. In the past, because it’s so sweet, we weren’t able to get it over here and have the quality stay…

South Korea approves imports of Peruvian Hass avocado

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), South Korea has approved the opening of its market for Peruvian Hass avocado. The Southeast Asian country of 52 million inhabitants had previously authorized the export of Peruvian table grape and mango. The Hass Avocado Producers…

Khulna administrative division, western Bangladesh

Crop yield per hectare goes up in Kushtia district

In the Kushtia district, the crop yield has multiplied per hectare compared to previous years, according to the district's Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE)…

Proposed by Fellini Patrizio company

New GlobalGAP jujubes snack

There are smaller quantities but excellent quality for the jujubes snacks made by Fellini Patrizio company. The product has received the GlobalGAP certificate this year. It’s a great time for these professionally grown jujubes in 250-gram packets and as a consequence of this overwhelming success, the company is planning 5000…

"Market for soft-seeded pomegranates is chaotic - standardization is key"

The pomegranate production season in Huili, Sichuan, began in the first week of August and is expected to last until the end of October. "The market conditions for Chinese pomegranates are less than ideal this year. Although the production volume slightly increased in comparison with last year, the…

Slim volumes of Mexican dragon fruit

Small supplies of dragon fruit continue to come in steadily from Mexico. “There are only a few suppliers of dragon fruit in Mexico and not all of them export to the United States,” says Christian Sanchez of Plano, Tex-based Casa Magna LLC, who brings in pink dragon fruit. “The two or three who do, don’t…

Late start to Lome Super Fruit pomegranate harvest

"We have begun with the harvest of pomegranates, starting with those of the Ako variety. We estimate a production of around 100 tons of this variety. The novelties of this year should have been two early varieties, namely the Shari® variety and the Emik® variety, which should have been already marketed…

Colombia plans to be the second-largest avocado producer by 2040

Avocado is becoming the flagship product of Colombian agriculture. After years of effort from government entities and companies that produce this product, Colombia expects to become the world's second-largest avo producer by 2040. Colombia's rapid growth is due to an important foreign investment in the agricultural…

Turkish producers in Pamukkale start pomegranate harvest

Pamukkale, Denizli, a city located in western Turkey, is responsible for 20% of Turkey's pomegranate exports. Producers in Pamukkale's Irliganli neighborhood have started to harvest "Hicaz" pomegranates which are either consumed fresh or used in juice making and drugs. Pomegranates are grown on an area…

Yigit Gokyigit on the Turkish pomegranate season

“We have more than enough large sizes available for pomegranates”

Multiple countries are having issues with the sizes of their pomegranates, but for one Turkish exporter this is not a problem. Next to having all sizes available, there is more than enough volume to meet the ever-rising demand. The Turks expect a great pomegranate season ahead of them, says Yigit…

New products to be crowd-tested at Anuga

At Anuga, Bösch Boden Spies will, for the first time in the company's history, use crowd testing to give trade fair visitors a say in the addition of two potential new…

Polish kiwiberries have good season despite difficult spring

The season for Polish kiwiberries began a little more than a year ago. The accelerated harvest, however, did not go hand in hand with an abundant crop - mainly due to spring…

Chinese red heart kiwi fruit popular in overseas market

The retail season of red heart kiwi fruit from production areas in Sichuan already began more than a month ago. Manager Wang Jianlei of Chengdu Xin Chaoyang Crop Science Co., Ltd. gave his view on the kiwi fruit market in China. "The overall market price of red heart kiwi fruit is quite stable and the overseas…

Peru exported 285,000 tons of Hass avocado in the 2019 campaign

Daniel Bustamante Canny, the president of the Hass Avocado Producers Association of Peru (ProHass), stated that Peru had exported 285,000 tons of this fruit in this year's…

New project to boost Hass avocado exports from Tolima, Colombia

The Governance of Tolima, the University of Tolima, the SENA, and the University of Ibague have signed an agreement to carry out a project, which will be financed by the…

"There are still opportunities for avocado varieties other than the Hass in Peru"

According to the head of the Technical Department and New Products of Stoller in Peru, Guillermo Sanabria, there is still an opportunity in the market for avocado varieties…

Avocado offsets crime in the Mexican state of Chihuahua

Avocado cultivation is gaining ground in the lands of the Guadalupe and Calvo jungle, which are considered part of the Golden Triangle and were marked in recent years by criminality and drug crops. This year producers harvested the first 10 tons of Hass Mendez avocados, a variety that can be found in the…

Taiwan invests in the construction of two avocado nurseries in Honduras

The authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), representatives of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the Chinese Technical Mission have agreed to build two avocado nurseries in the departments of Comayagua and Ocotepeque, as part of the second stage of the…

Spain

Pitahaya producers in Huelva seek stronger coordination

In the province of Huelva there are currently almost forty producers of pitahaya or dragon fruit. Rafael Gómez Torres, a producer who grows almost 8,000 plants of different…

Sandra Riaño, Novacampo

"We export more than 2,000 tons of Colombian cape gooseberries a year to Europe and the US"

The Colombian company Novacampo, founded in 2003 and which focuses on the international trade of exotic fruits, currently sells more than 2,000 tons of cape gooseberries a year to Europe and the United States. "Our main fruit export is cape gooseberry, which is called Physalis in the European market, and…

Greek kiwifruit production expected to remain stable this year

The harvesting and exporting of kiwifruit has started in Greece. Preliminary estimates show that the Greek production is expected to remain at the same level as last year.…

Rene Leenders, P. Seelen Grubbenvorst:

"We rolled from Turkish TOV into pomegranates"

Many businesses in the fruit and vegetable trading sector will know P. Seelen as a vegetable importer. This company is based in Grubbenvorst, the Netherlands. Yet, for the past five years or so, this trading company has had Turkish pomegranates on offer from the Dutch town of Venlo. "Ten years ago, we…

Vietnam: Bac Can seedless persimmons introduced in Hanoi

At Big C Thang Long, Hanoi, on September 20, the Department of Industry and Trade of the northern mountainous province of Bac Can launched the campaign ‘Bac Can seedless persimmons and Safe Farm Produce Week 2019’. The event aims to promote the province’s agricultural products, with seedless persimmons…

Durians from Thailand may lose market share in 5 to 10 years

Currently, about 80% of the fresh durians marketed in China are imported from Thailand. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, Thailand…

"Our organic dragon fruit all pre-ordered"

China: “Holidays boost dragon fruit sales”

In recent years, with the improvement of consumption levels and  changes in aesthetic awareness, Chinese consumers have started to consider more than just the price when purchasing fruit. Deeper factors such as the nutritional value and the place of origin, as well colouring have become more important. Red…

Kiwi producer added cherimoyas to meet small but stable Gauteng demand

Cherimoya cultivation in the Eastern Cape

On Sunday afternoons a truck filled with cherimoya leaves Stoneacres Farm in the Eastern Cape to travel the almost 900km throughout the night and arrive at the Johannesburg Municipal Market by early Monday morning. “Hopefully by Wednesday it has been sold,” notes Alan Stone, cherimoya and kiwi farmer…

Dennis Weisbrod, Charly’s Erdbeerhof LLC & Co

"Parallel to contract cultivation, we will increasingly market our kiwi berries directly from 2020 onwards"

On the German-Dutch border, on the Lower Rhine - in Jülich - fresh kiwi berries for the German food retail industry have been grown for more than seven years. On a total of three acreages (7.8 hectares in total), the dedicated team at Charly's Erdbeerhof, headquartered in Jülich (NRW), is dedicated to the…

China: Pomegranates selling well in the first month of 2019 season

Pomegranates produced in Southern China have been pouring into Linyi since August. According to Jiaxing Fruit Wholesale Market, between August 16 and September 16, the early…

Turkish kiwis from Black Sea Region awarded GI patent

Ordu, a city in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, grows kiwis that are the second most profitable product in Ordu after hazelnuts. Ordu kiwis are sold before the harvest and…

Jackfruit as well as other Exotics and Tropicals on display

Meeting face to face is one of the things that Yasmani Garcia likes about the Fresh Summit show. “We like this show because we get our name out there and we get our logo in people’s heads. A lot of people see us in the Blue Book but once they see us there, it just helps get our name out,” says Yasmani…

Avocado exports from Peru will grow by 8.5% in 2019

The latest Avocado Market report by the consulting firm Maximixe indicates that in 2019 the exports of avocado and its derivatives will increase by 8.5%, generating 853 million dollars, due to the greater demand for fresh avocado from the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom,…

Kiwifruit production discussed at IKO

The 38th edition of the IKO (International Kiwifruit Organization) Conference was held in Italy by CSO Italy. Delegations from France, New Zealand, Chile, Spain, Portugal, US and Greece took part. Some of the leading Italian businesses producing and commercializing kiwifruit attended, including…

20 Tons of passion fruit sold during Alibaba Harvest Festival

On September 17th, “Guigang, Guangxi - an Authentic Place of Origin” campaign under the framework of Alibaba Harvest Festival was launched. More than 20 tons of passion fruit…

Girish Sarda on the Indian pomegranate and grape seasons

“We’d love to supply European retailers with smaller sized Indian pomegranates”

In a little while, both the pomegranate and grape seasons will start their new season in India. For both products the previous seasons proved to be very challenging. One Indian exporter believes the upcoming season will be much better, with opportunities to supply new markets. Last pomegranate season was…

Pitaya season in Nicaragua the best it’s ever been

“Pitayas are actually native to Central America, not Asia”

The season for pitayas has been really good for Nicaraguan growers. They're looking at their biggest production to date. For one particular exporter though, it’s not just about growing and selling the fruit. They’ve been pioneering a sustainable way of farming pitayas without damaging the soil. The pitaya…

"Musang king from Malaysia the best seller"

"China lacks unified quality standards for durians"

“Recently, the volume of imported durians in the Chinese market has surged. While this helps to meet the growing demand of consumers the market is a bit chaotic due to the lack of effective standardized management, especially unified grading standards,” claims Vincent Chan, Executive Director of Shanghai…

Indian exporter Freshtrop on the future of pomegranate arils

“Europe has quickly become the biggest destination for our pomegranate arils”

The Indian pomegranate season started slightly later than usual this season, due to delayed rains. Weather also had an effect on sizes, but an Indian exporter who has been in the agri-business for decades now, believes they’re heading towards a strong season. The company believes a lot can be done to…

Countrywide avocado superbloom could herald another bumper crop next year

Early Cape avocado harvest meets huge demand and buoyant prices

A shortage of avocados on the market, after a low crop from the Lowveld, is spurring on the avocado harvest in the Southern Cape which, fortuitously, is a few weeks ahead of the usual schedule. Unseasonably warm springtime temperatures – even reaching 40°C last week, extremely unusual for the area – and…

Exhibiting for the 38th year

New ethylene generator will be on display at PMA this year

Catalytic Generators, a US-based ethylene generator manufacturer, will be exhibiting at the PMA Fresh Summit for the 38th year. The company said the scale of the show allows many of its customers from around the world to gather in one place, while also providing an opportunity to meet some new ones.…

Andalusian avocado prices have fallen by 16% in the 2018/19 campaign

According to data provided by the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Ministry of Agriculture, the price of avocado in the 2018/19 campaign has experienced a reduction of…

Violence in Mexico puts avocado exports to the US at risk

Given the difficulty of guaranteeing the safety of health personnel operating in avocado producing farms in the Mexican state of Michoacán, the US Department of Agriculture announced in a statement that it sent to the association of Mexican avocado producers (APEAM), that it would suspend the…

Colombia continues to increase its avocado exports

Colombia's avocado exports, which are mainly destined for Europe, have increased by 37.6% during the first half of 2019, according to data provided by Dane and ProColombia. Flavia Santoro Trujillo, the President of ProColombia, celebrated the significant increase in avocado sales and highlighted the work…

Florida company sells a fruit that tastes like peanut butter

With the exotic fruits on offer from Winter Haven-based company Sow Exotic, we might just be convinced that healthy eating is not so bad after all. They sell the small fruits…

Sizes slightly smaller than previous seasons

Harvest of Turkish pomegranates about to start

The pomegranate season in Turkey is about to take off, with harvest starting in about two weeks. For one exporter, volumes will be similar to previous seasons with a chance for a decrease of about 5 per cent. Kerem Baltu is the export manager of Tümen Tarim, a fruit exporter based in Turkey. Their…

California kiwis get off to a later start this year

The California kiwi season is likely to begin in the first week of October. “This start is about four to five days later than last season and about eight to 10 days later than two years ago,” says Chris Kragie of Madera, Ca.-based Western Fresh Marketing. This means for now, Western Fresh will continue…

Dori' golden kiwis conquer Australia

During the fourth edition of Dorì Day held in Desenzano del Garda on 12th September, Consorzio Dorì Europe presented its new figures concerning Australia: 500 hectares cultivated so far with another 150 to be set up in 2020.  Click here for the photos. President Giampaolo Dal Pane (Summerfruit) together with…

Good prospects for the kiwifruit market

The 38th Convention of the International Kiwi Organization - IKO (Turin, 8th-10th September 2019) ended on a positive note due to the good market conditions favored by the lower stocks.  "It is an honor for me to preside over this assembly, which is important to assess the kiwifruit segment on a global level.…

Diplanya GmbH: German kiwi season ends at the end of September

"Pleasing yield with a high proportion of first-class merchandise"

On the German kiwi plantations, workers have been harvesting continuously for over three weeks - 10 days earlier than usual. Charly's Erdbeerhof near Jülich, owned by Duisburg-based trading company Diplanya, is now picking lots of the exotic fruits as well. Despite the heat wave of this summer, everyone is…

Photo report: Visiting the Umbach nursery

"I firmly believe that goji berries will prevail in Germany"

Goji berries and chilis have relatively little to do with each other at first glance, but for Klaus Umbach from the Umbach nursery in Heilbronn, both are a matter of the heart. The commonality here lies, according to Chinese medicine, in the "Qì", the life energy. In addition to ornamental plants with Bioland…

Kerikeri - Northland

137ha of New Zealand dairy farm to be converted into kiwifruit orchard

Craigmore Sustainables is a New Zealand owned and controlled business set up to help fund development and grow regional NZ food and fibre businesses. It has announced it will invest $38 million to convert 137ha of established dairy farm at Kerikeri into a kiwifruit orchard. This will increase local…

First report of reddish brown spot disease on red-fleshed dragon fruit in Malaysia

Scientists of University Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia) have detected firstly the reddish brown spot disease on dragon fruit in Malaysia. They collected stems of red-fleshed dragon fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus) with reddish brown spots from Negeri Sembilan and Johor states, then analysed the…

Sartak village - Kurdistan Region

Production is 80,000 tons of figs per year

Sartak village -near Darbandikhan city- is one of the best places in the Kurdistan Region for growing figs; its cooler climate allows the figs to ripen until the end of…

The Netherlands receives 50% of the Hass avocado exported from Colombia

According to data from the Hass Avocado Producers and Exporters Corporation of Colombia, Corpohass, during the first half of the year, Colombia exported 27,085 tons of Hass avocado worth 53.8 million dollars. In the same period of 2018, the country exported 17,142 tons worth 38.8 million dollars. This…

Turkish exporters make big profits from Bursa Black figs - producers complain

Producers sell Bursa Black figs for 5 Turkish Lira per kilo (0,79 Euro). However, the price goes up to 1 Euro per piece in European supermarkets. While export companies…

Mike Looije, Yex:

"Not all Spanish pomegranates are the same"

Pomegranate prices have been very high lately. However, in the last two weeks, they have taken a bit of a dip. "There are only a few large sizes available," says Mike Looije of Yex. This Dutch company has had substantial growth in revenue, thanks to pomegranates. "We are now in the middle of the Spanish season.…

Joëlle Kana – Food From Home

South Africa’s only (official) plantain importer

Fifteen years ago a Cameroonian postgraduate commerce student at the University of Cape Town was looking, in vain, for plantain. Later Joëlle Kana started working in Johannesburg as a researcher at a global management consultancy company where, once in a blue moon, she would receive a message: someone…

Turkish farmers are trying to increase acreage for the fruits

“Demand for Turkish pomegranates is high”

The pomegranate has gained a lot of popularity both in Turkey and Europe in general. The season for the Turks has been in full swing and the demand seems to be rising. To deal with this rising demand, some farmers are tying to increase the size of the production areas. Muhsin Riza Agdag is the Export…

Star fruit growers in Florida expecting better season

Star fruit growers in Florida are feeling positive that this year's crop will be much improved over last year. The 2018 season was marred by the effects of Hurricane Irma the previous year, which had damaged the trees. The trees were still recovering when last year's crop got underway, resulting in what…

"Longan from Thailand fetches good prices in China"

Longan fruit is well-known in the China market. Traditionally, this fruit is widely consumed in the Guangdong province, so imports in Guangzhou are significantly higher…

Turkish pomegranates from the southeast are now patented

Gaziantep, a city located in southeastern Turkey, grows pomegranates that have been recently awarded Geographical Indication (GI). "Oguzeli pomegranates" are one of the most important agricultural products of Gaziantep. Gaziantep Trade Chamber's chairman Mehmet Akinci issued a statement and announced…

New orchards of Boerica green kiwifruit

The Boerica variety is the only one in the world that can be used for commercialization under the Jingold Bliss brand. It is a genetic mutation of Hayward, "rediscovered" in one of the historic companies controlled by Commercio Frutta: Azienda Agricola Bovo in Povegliano Veronese. Feedback is great thanks…

Importer of garlic and ginger states:

“US consumers complain about new tariffs on Chinese goods”

Nick Wang, who imports garlic and ginger from China's Shandong Province and once garnered a 70 percent of market share in America, claims that the 20-30 percent rise in the…

Northeast India

Two new species of ginger discovered in Nagaland

Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered two new species of ginger from Nagaland, a state in northeastern India. While Zingiber perenense has been discovered from the Peren district, Zingiber dimapurense was found in the Dimapur district of the state. Details of both…

Industry body:

‘Northland kiwifruit uneconomic without controversial spray’

Earlier this week Kerikeri man John Levers succeeded in persuading the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to reconsider whether the horticultural spray Hi-Cane should be…

"It's becoming a regular tropical fruit offering in North America"

Suppliers of rambutan in the United States are noticing an increase in demand for the exotic fruit. They say that rambutan is becoming a regular feature in the tropical sections of the produce department in retail stores. "Rambutan are becoming a regular tropical fruit offering in North America," said…

Italian pomegranate campaign about to start

With the fall season, consumers are looking for new products in supermarkets. Pomegranates are one of the most popular, mainly thanks to their beneficial properties.  FreshPlaza interviewed Dario De Lisi, sales manager for the leading pomegranate producer in Italy Masseria Fruttirossi. "It's difficult to predict…

The cultivation of dragon fruit is consolidated in the province of Malaga

The production of dragon fruit or pitaya has experienced such a boom in Malaga in recent years that last year a cooperative dedicated to the production and marketing of this fruit was created in La Axarquía. This is Pitaya España, which brings together producers from all over Spain and even Portugal and…

Japan authorizes Hass avocado exports from Colombia

On Friday, August 23, Japan's ambassador to Colombia, Keiichiro Morishita, officially announced the opening of the Japanese market for Colombian Hass avocado. The announcement…

Increased volumes arriving this month

"Exotics more popular as promotional items on fruit and vegetable shelves"

Limes, mangoes or melons; these fruits from far away are increasingly being listed as promotional articles in the food retail trade. They are usually tasty, rich in vitamins and extremely low in calories. And these are all elements that are currently very much in vogue with consumers. "In addition, these…

Acreage down but good supplies for domestic pomegranates

Domestic pomegranate supply looks ample this year despite the trimming back in the U.S. on pomegranate acreage. “There’s been acreage taken out over the last three years,” says Keith Wilson with King Fresh Produce LLC in Dinuba, Ca. “The supply of pomegranates has come down which is good for fresh market…

Nicolas Damm on the Chilean pomegranate season:

"If the Californian season ends early, we can enter a clean market"

Chilean pomegranate production has decreased in the past few years. This is because the Peruvian product enters the markets earlier and at cheaper prices. The Peruvians are able to fulfill the demand in Russia and the European Union, and this makes these markets very difficult to access for Chilean…

Tauranga, New Zealand

More than 8000 kiwifruits consumed in one day at Anchor AIMS Games

Athletes at the Anchor AIMS Games are certainly enjoying Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit; sunlive.co.nz reports that in one day alone, 8800 pieces of kiwifruit have been consumed. Also, athletes, coaches, parents and supporters have enjoyed kiwifruit smoothies – blended up on the Zespri smoothie bikes at Gordon…


© FreshPlaza.com 2019