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Avocado prices continue to increase in Mexico

Avocado prices continue to increase and they are expected to reach new historic highs, reaching up to 130 pesos per kilo, as in 2017. The low production this season has caused an increase in avocado prices since the end of April in Mexico, as reported by the president of the Association of Avocado…

Astrid Antillon about the citrus and apple situation in Latin America

“We aim to be a bridge between Latin America and the rest of the world”

The Chilean campaign for citrus and apples is going extraordinarily well. Volumes are exceeding expectations, meaning the region is ready to supply the world. Considering the lower availability in Europe, one importer feels there are big opportunities ahead. Chile is having a good citrus campaign, with…

APEAM tries to strengthen exports and enter new markets

New campaign to promote Mexican avocados in the US

The Association of Avocado Producers, Exporters, and Packers of Mexico (APEAM), in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will launch a promotional campaign to increase Mexican avocado exports to the United States, its main partner, and to look for new markets for the…

China: "Relaying information about growing to consumers effectively"

“The local red flesh dragon fruit season has now kicked off. Our first batch of red flesh dragon fruit has been sent to our warehouses in South China, where they will be distributed to Carrefour and Miss Fresh. As the season progresses, there will be more red flesh dragon fruit on the market in the…

Off year for lychees but farmer's returns are higher than last year

The lychee is a high-quality specialty fruit from Guangdong, whose planting area and production volume both rank the highest in China. During this year's lychee growing…

Growers see export potential for "Red Pearl of Patagonia"

Growers of a special type of berry from the far south of Chile are hoping to eventually export them to markets including the US. The Murta Berry, also known as the Chilean cranberry, has a very short season and is not yet available in export market in its fresh form. Murta berries are part of the…

From Haiti to Dominican Republic

US Coast Guard intercepts garlic smuggling operation

During a recent 59-day patrol in the Caribbean, the crew of the cutter Vigilant intercepted a go-fast boat carrying 7,800 pounds of illicit garlic from Haiti to the Dominican…

The Avocado, Fruit of Life, tram up and running in Rotterdam

Nature’s Pride, in partnership with The World Avocado Organization (WAO), has, once again, introduced the Avocado, Fruit of Life, tram. This time in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The tram will be traveling around this port city's center until 7 July. This is in support of the WAO's World Avocado Month and…

The Greenery introduces the Cumelo

For some weeks now, Dutch supermarket Jumbo has had a new product on their vegetable shelves: the Cumelo. The Cumelo is an Italian product, known as Barattiere in Italy. It’s a summery fruit with a fresh and slightly sweet flavour, ideal for warm summer months. The Greenery exclusively takes care of…

Now Chiquita physalis and passion fruit listed as well

More exotic fruit on the shelves: Netto is the only discounter to sell more Chiquita fruits

The food discount exclusive cooperation between Netto and Chiquita will also include the exotic physalis and passion fruit, starting Monday July 15. After bananas, mangoes and…

Chile: Jingold kiwi's quality is great this season

This season's Chilean kiwi has superior quality. The high temperatures and moderate rainfall there have been this season has allowed the fruit to contain a greater amount of…

2019 breva fig campaign kicks off in Spanish municipality of Elche

At the presentation of the 2019 breva fig and fig campaign in the Camp d'Elx, carried out by Pedro Valero, president of Asaja; Daniel Soler, president of Campbaya, and councilors Héctor Díez and Antonio García, it has been announced that one million kilos of breva figs and one and a half million of figs…

Mr. Avocado:

"We invested in our own production center in China last year"

The demand for avocados continues to grow globally, and as a result, their annual production is also rising. This is mainly thanks to consumers' high appreciation of their nutritional values. More growers and companies have also noticed the market potential of this fruit, and have been increasing their…

New export markets will also increase

Peru's avocado production area could increase by 25% in the next 5 years

According to the Association of Exporters (ADEX) of Peru, the area devoted to growing avocados will grow by an estimated 25% in the next five years, reaching 40,000 hectares in 2021, compared to 32,000 hectares registered in 2018. This increase in area is related to the increase in exports and the…

China: Xinli is a demonstration Village for Cape Gooseberry Cultivation

“The cape gooseberry is a fruit that the public is not yet very familiar with. It is mainly grown in northeast China. Cape gooseberries are round and evenly shaped and rich in nutrition. The fruit when ripe is sweet, juicy and refreshing,” says Gao, the Manager of a cooperative. Cape gooseberries Growing…

Haikou Meilan airport transported 2,135 tons of lychees

Haikou’s lychee season officially came to an end on June 18th. During the season, the Haikou Meilan International Airport cargo services shipped a total of 2,135 tons of…

Chilean cherimoya shipments to US delayed

California's cherimoya crop is about to finish up for the season, as suppliers look toward fruit from Chile. However, shipments of Chilean fruit have been delayed for a number of reasons, whether it be smaller fruit sizes or inspection issues, and the market is subsequently tight. Suppliers are hoping…

Philippines seek market for Mindoro garlic

Farmers from Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro province have sold almost 70 tons of local garlic harvested this year in only a matter of days. This could be a windfall for the more than 100 garlic growers in Lubang, compared with their earnings in previous years, said Tony Gerundio, Department of…

"Guanyin Green" Lychees from Guangdong at 38 euros per kilo

Recently, “Guanyin Green”, the well known lychee variety from Dongguan, has hit the market, and is currently commanding 150 yuan (19 euros) per half a kilo. According to…

Syria: Slow recovery for Eastern Ghouta farms

Outside the Syrian capital, Radwan Hazaa is preparing to plant hundreds of pomegranate seeds on his land in Eastern Ghouta, hoping to replace some 3,000 trees lost in years of war. The former rebel stronghold was once the garden of Damascus, supplying abundant fruit and vegetables as well as dairy…

New monitoring system for Hass avocado cultivation in Peru

The National Telecommunications Research and Training Institute of the National University of Engineering (Inictel-UNI) has developed an electronic system and a mobile…

The US is the main export market

Honduran rambutan exports will amount to US $5 million

According to a report published by the National Agricultural Food Program (Pronagro), Honduras' rambutan exports will amount to 5 million dollars this year. Julio Morales, the executive director of Pronagro, stressed that the national crop was reinforced by an excellent flowering and that they expect to…

More California growers planting daikon

Supplies of daikon out of California are relatively steady right now. “It’s hit and miss in terms of volume of daikon but it’s steady. There’s no gapping,’ says Joseph Krumpelman of Valley Specialty Produce in Fresno, Ca. of the vegetable that’s similar to a winter radish. That said, the vegetable, which…

Continuous theft losses might increase fruit prices

Insecurity in Michoacan affects Mexico's avocado industry

The insecurity in the Mexican state of Michoacan and the criminal groups that operate in the territory are affecting the avocado industry, which is affected by thefts every day. According to farmers dedicated to the industry, this situation could increase the product's price, as the losses caused by the…

Uzbekistan starts harvesting green and black figs

The first batches of figs from the new crop have appeared on the wholesale markets of Uzbekistan, says Bakhtiyor Abduvohidov, consultant to the Food and Agriculture…

New potato and fig campaigns started at Miss Freschezza

After a delay due to the bad weather, the harvesting of new potatoes proceeds swiftly, while the fig campaign has just started. What is more, the packaging of potatoes, figs and carosellos has been restyled to reduce the use of plastic. FreshPlaza talked about it with Cosimo Leggiero, sales manager for…

Indonesian government to license five more companies to import garlic

The Indonesian Trade Ministry will allow five more companies to import garlic, after issuing import permits to 15 companies to import 256,000 tons of garlic. "The permits to…

Zeynep Tilki on the start of EatMeFresh:

“Focus on Turkish organic pomegranates and Bursa figs”

During the London Produce Show, a new Dutch company presented itself on the European market: EatMeFresh. Although the company was founded this year, owner Sahap Kandemir has more than 25 years of experience in the logistics sector, and his business partner, organic engineer Erdem Afacan, has been active…

Masseria Fruttirossi transplants first 15 hectares of avocados

"We planted the first 15 hectares of Hass and Ettinger avocados (the latter also acts as a pollinator). By the end of the season, we will have a 40 hectare orchard with 5 different varieties, so avocados will be available between November and May. We are currently preparing the soil as, over the next few…

42% drop in Peruvian cherimoya and soursop exports

In the first five months of 2019, Peruvian cherimoya and soursop exports have fallen by 42% in terms of volume compared to the same period of 2018. 60,394 kilos of fresh…

The growth of domestic consumption would prevent the saturation of the international market

Peru: "By increasing per capita consumption by 1 kg, 10% of avocados for export would be absorbed"

The constant increase in the production of Hass avocados in Peru is putting export market prices under pressure. Last year, Peru exported 330 thousand tons of Hass avocados; this year, it expects to ship 300 thousand tons, and in 2020, it will probably reach 380-400 thousand tons. This is more than…

Avocados become a Michelin Guide success in Spain and Portugal

In an exclusive press launch,, held at the prestigious restaurant Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao, the World Avocado Organization (WAO) has announced its global alliance with the MICHELIN Guide. This collaboration means that, for the first time, the WAO will be a gastronomic partner in the next edition of the…

Peruvian avocado consolidates in international markets

Peru: Hass avocados from La Libertad to be exported to Thailand

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), the Hass avocado cultivated in the La Libertad region is ready for export to Thailand. The opening of this new Asian market is an example of the consolidation of Peruvian fruit in international markets. Currently, exports are mainly…

Thai fruit exports in first 4 months of 2019 grows by more than 150%

The fruit exported from Thailand to China in the first 4 months of this year was worth 668 million USD, which is a growth of 152.7% in comparison with the same period last…

Chilean kiwifruit brand Sweeki advances on Chinese market

The Chilean Fruit Export Association announced that Chilean kiwifruit brand Sweeki has established a foothold in the Asian market. The first shipping containers full of Sweeki…

Lychee market enters key period

11 thousand tons of Vietnamese lychees enter Chinese market

The price of Chinese fruit has been relatively high for the last two months. The price of lychee is no exception. The reasons for this situation are as follows: first, the…

Leon undertakes a training plan for its avocado farmers

Mexico plans to export avocados to Japan

Rodolfo Ponce, the general director of Rural Development of Leon announced that they were planning to export avocados to Japan. These exports would be carried out in the…

NZ: Kiwifruit smaller but sweeter

According to global marketer Zespri, this year's kiwifruit crop is a taste record-breaker. Long dry spells and good conditions during the 2018-2019 growing season produced higher dry matter content which has delivered the best tasting fruit ever, said chief executive Dan Mathieson. The flipside is that…

Mexico conducts research to improve soursop yields

The president of the State Council of Soursop Producers, Miguel Manzanilla Ramirez, said that the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (Inifap)…

ADEX insists on adding value to the Peruvian food offer

Peru needs to strengthen commercial ties with Brazil

The Association of Exporters of Peru (ADEX) insists on the need to strengthen the commercial and productive collaboration ties with Brazil and give added value to the supply of Peruvian food that is exported to that country. In a diplomatic meeting held between the two countries, it became clear that,…

California to have avocado crop year-round

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year, two-thirds of which were imported, mostly from Mexico. That’s because avocados grow year-round in Mexico’s climate, but…

Juan Antonio Reyes Gutiérrez:

"The avocado sector is about to undergo radical changes"

Avocado cultivation is expanding both in Spain and in the rest of the world while the product's popularity continues to increase. Will there be enough consumption to absorb the productions that are to come? Is avocado a product that really needs so much water? In the framework of the meeting that the…

Industry is learning to flatten the curve of alternate bearing cycles to establish more predictability of supply

South African avocados: “Prices aren’t crazy, but good” as much smaller crop comes in

The current season is markedly different from last year when a massive crop strained resources and price levels. So far the European market has been much emptier. In fact, there is an approximate 10,000 4kg equivalent carton difference between avocado supplies from all origins in Europe in 2018 and 2019…

Zespri to decide whether to go commercial with red kiwifruit by the end of the year

After a successful sales trial, Zespri will decide by the end of the year if its red kiwifruit will become a commercial crop. About 30,000 trays of the fruit were sold in New Zealand supermarkets over a five-week period this year and it was also shipped to Singapore. Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson…

Influx of jackfruit into US market

There is plenty of jackfruit available in the US right now as peak season continues in the Mexican growing regions. Over the past month, the market has become saturated with fruit leading to a wide range in prices and also quality. The peak of the season occurs in May and June so there is still several…

Colombia plans to export a thousand tons of cape gooseberry this year

Colombia expects to export a thousand tons of cape gooseberries to the United States and Europe this season. This volume would be thirty three percent higher than the volume…

Superfoods Peru reaches commercial agreements worth US $13 million

According to data provided by the Commission that Promotes Peruvian Exports and Tourism (Promperú), Superfoods Peru has reached commercial agreements worth 13 million dollars…

China: Rising price of Yulin lychees gains momentum

Developments in the lychee industry were more or less settled by the beginning of June and people in the industry were able to make accurate estimates of market conditions…

With a 125% year-on-year growth, it represents a dangerous competitor

Peru fears competition from Colombian avocados

According to the Institute for Research and Development of Foreign Trade (Idexcam) of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima (CCL), Colombia is starting to look like a dangerous competitor for Peruvian avocado, as its avocado exports have had a 125% average annual growth in the last five years. Colombian…

Peru: The market for rambutan has potential for growth in the EU

Rambutan is starting to gain prominence in Europe's fruit markets and it has had a great reception among Asian consumers who are on living the continent, as well as in…

1st International Avocado Seminar

Spain: "The quality of avocados should be more important than the price"

Seville has hosted the first International Avocado Seminar, organized by AGQ Labs and attended by 350 professionals from the sector of 160 companies from Spain, Kenya, Portugal, Italy, Chile, Peru and Mexico. The event has served to analyze the fruit's current situation and the challenges it faces in the…

Malaysian durian grows to satisfy Chinese market demand

Malaysian planters began to expand durian industry several years ago

The General Administration of Customs in China (GACC) recently published "An announcement regarding permission for import of refrigerated durian from Malaysia". The…

Over supply of mangoes in Philippines due to El Niño

The agriculture secretary, Emmanuel Piñol, said mango farmers had reported an “unusual increase” in the harvest, which they had attributed to El Niño, the climate phenomenon…

California garlic farmer cheers Trump's tariffs

Ken Christopher, whose family's Christopher Ranch in California is the largest garlic grower in the United States, says he hopes the Trump administration's new tariffs on Chinese goods will help level the playing field between US and Chinese garlic farmers. "It's our great hope that food service…

The US wants to impose a 25% tariff on this fruit

Mexico: Avocado prices increase due to a possible tariff hike

Avocado, one of the most consumed products in the United States, has become the new focus of unrest for Mexican producers after president Trump announced he wants to tax imports of this product by up to 25%. The immediate consequences of this announcement have been observed in the price of avocado. An…

The conflict over water destabilizes the region

Chile: Exploitation of aquifers to grow avocados causes scarcity of water in Petorca

The over exploitation of aquifers in the region of Petorca, which is located in the central region of Valparaiso, by the avocado plantations has caused a shortage of water that is affecting the supply of the municipalities of the region. The increase in global demand for avocados in Europe, the United…

Supplies of imported chayote from rollercoaster to steady in a few weeks

After a couple months of short supplies, the volume of imported chayote has stabilized. “Things are finally steady after a very long period of ups and downs in the market,” says Alan Goldberg of A&B Tropical Produce in Miami, Florida. “The market’s been like a roller coaster on the supply side in…

Kay Bee Exports on the Indian mango season:

“The collapse of Jet Airways really caused logistical issues for us”

The Indian mango season had to deal with a two week delay, but the season seems to be a good one. There was a huge challenge, as Jet Airways, which was responsible for majority of the air freight sent by Kay bee Exports, collapsed. This naturally had an effect not only on logistics, but also pricing. The…

Bonnysa goes international with its fresh guacamole

Following several years of work and the development of a natural and fresh recipe, Bonnysa has obtained good results with the sale of its guacamole. Since January 2019, the product has been marketed under the Chef Select brand in all LIDL stores in Spain, and in recent months, the retailer has also…

Over 3 million date palms planted in Morocco in 10 years

Nearly 10 years ago, King Mohammed VI launched a program to plant 3 million date palms. Today, the goal seems to have been reached earlier than originally planned. The results…

Ecuador's first certified organic pitahaya reaches international markets

Organic pitahaya is a product that is increasingly demanded in international markets, and even more if it has the German BCS certification, which is why an Ecuadorian company decided to invest in this much appreciated product a few years ago, using family greenhouses that were not being used to grow…

Verfrut SAC expects to produce about 1,400 tons per year

Multi-million dollar investment for a new avocado plantation in Chepen, Peru

The Sociedad Exportadora Verfrut SAC agricultural company, an exporter that is linked to the Chilean capital's Verfrut group, will invest 12.3 million dollars in a new avocado plantation in the province of Chepen, in the department of La Libertad. According to Verfrut, the plantation will be carried out…

Zespri using multiple media channels to promote campaign

The Zespri season is underway along with the company's “Let Your Taste Wander” consumer campaign for SunGold Kiwifruit. Zespri says once in the store, it is imperative that consumers can find the kiwifruit. “Lack of visibility in the store is the biggest barrier to buying kiwi,” explains Sarah Deaton,…

Mexican exporters unconcerned about US threat to impose higher avocado tariffs

The threat made by the US administration to impose new tariffs on Mexican exports if it doesn't act on the wave of migrants trying to access the US could affect avocados.…

Konstanze Pantiru, Pantiru Knoblauchkulturen GbR:

"Through hand sorting and regionality, our garlic has added value"

In the Palatinate, the local garlic harvest has been going on for a while: Since 15 May - well over a week earlier than usual - Pantiru GbR has been harvesting diligently at the Lampertheim producer. The once exotic tuber is now being grown in Germany on a relatively large scale. In Lampertheim, the…

China: "Hainan lychee supply grows smaller as season ends"

"The lychee production season began over a month ago in Hainan. The season is now approaching the end. Supply is extremely limited. Looking back at the production season so far, this year's production volume of Hainan lychee was smaller than last year. The production volume of Concubine Smile lychee and…

China: Musang King durian five times more expensive than Mon Thong

Durians have become more popular in the Chinese market in the last few years. However, there is a growing gap between the prices of Musang King and Mon Thong durian. In…

Commercial opportunities for out-of-season Chinese kiwifruit

There are not many considerations for the plantation or supply of out-of-season fruits, but from the perspective of Chinese consumers, the main consideration is the price,…

UK shoppers force exotic vegetables to come out from the shadows

Although quite hard to find not too long ago, now the likes of the dudhi, chayote, cassava, and other vegetables from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean are becoming mainstream with demand rocketing at Tesco stores across the UK. And their popularity is not restricted to major inner city stores either with…

South Africa: Growing garlic is golden opportunity for farmers

According to Jacques Terblanche, who co-founded Graceland Garlic Seed with his father, many factors have to be considered when planting garlic. Although the crop can be grown…

Great attendance at Spain's First International Avocado Seminar

370 attendees from 8 countries and more than 160 companies from around the world gathered on Thursday, May 30, in Seville (Spain) to discuss the future of the avocado sector. Estanislao Martínez, founder and president of AGQ Labs, opened the event with a speech in which he appreciated the great reception…

"Chinese loquat production declines due to winter rains"

The loquat production season is quite short, just as the production season of many other agricultural products. Despite the short production season, loquats enjoy great popularity in the Chinese market. Rao Zhenghua from Suzhou City Wuzhong District Dongshan Longzhen Agricultural Products, stated that…

Argentina includes durian in its Food Code

At the request of YONGHUI SRL, a Chinese firm, the durian fruit (Durio zibethinus L.) has just been included in Argentina's Food Code within Chapter XI, which focuses on…

Advance of export season

"The Chilean kiwi market is moving slowly and without great expectations"

According to the latest Crop Report issued by Chile's Kiwi Committee, the supply of the northern hemisphere is still present and will last until the end of June, with fruit…

350 professionals from 7 countries

AGQ Labs organize the first international avocado seminar in Seville

On Thursday, May 30, at 9:00 a.m., more than 350 professionals of the agro-food sector met at the Meliá Lebreros Hotel in Seville to discuss the present and future of one of the crops that has been growing the most in recent years: the avocado. 160 companies from Spain, Kenya, Portugal, Italy, Chile,…

"We want Spain to reach the consumption levels of France and the UK"

Large investments in Spain to boost avocado consumption

The global avocado production in 2018 was already record-breaking, but the World Avocado Organization (WAO) again predicts an ON year for all producing countries in 2020, and the prospect is that new records will be broken. Avocado plantations in La Axaquía, in Málaga. Avocado consumption in the European…

Ad Pollux, Regifresh, on Greek kiwi fruit:

Greek kiwi growers starting to explore new markets

Although the Greek kiwi often finds its way to Southeastern European markets, the Greek growers – as they become more professional – are cautiously starting to explore other…

Marketing campaigns begin for Chilean kiwifruit season

Volumes of Chilean kiwifruit are increasing into the United States as another shipload is due to arrive shortly. The season is expected to really ramp up at the beginning of next month as peak volumes start and are scheduled to continue throughout the summer and into early fall. Importers have noted that…

23 & 24 May 2019 in Warsaw

Seminar for international study group on kiwi berries

On 23 and 24 May, the international study group for the kiwi berry came together in Warsaw, Poland, at the campus of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW. It was the tenth edition of an intense two-day gathering, during which the international study group gathers in a host country to exchange…

Early Sharon Fruit season ending strong

Unlike many of South Africa’s other fruit categories this season, MOR’s Sharon Fruit crop from the southwestern Cape started a week earlier. The season wraps up in two weeks, says Hein Smal, marketing manager at Sharon Fruit in Swellendam. “Demand is good. We send a fair amount to the Middle East, where…

US garlic growers profit from trade war

Unlike many other US farmers, garlic growers are profiting from the trade war with China and have cheered President Donald Trump’s latest economic attack accordingly. Sales of California-grown garlic are now increasing after decades of losing ground to cheaper Chinese imports. Sales are poised to get…

Mexico: Michoacan's avocado production has decreased slightly

Michoacan, Mexico's leading avocado producing state, has recorded the first drop in its volumes in the last five years. Even though it accounts for 88% of the national production, it has suffered a decrease of 2.2%. According to a report from the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information System (SIAP),…

High international demand favors exports

Peru: S&M Foods prepare to export avocados, paprika, and capsicum

The S&M Foods agricultural food company will start exporting fresh avocados to the United States and Europe due to the increase in international demand for this product. The first shipments are scheduled for the second half of this year and the company estimates that they will ship around 40…

New Aweta system handles double the fruit during one shift with significantly better accuracy than the previous pack line

South Africa: Highly accurate optic sorting of Greenskin and Hass avocados

At Halls’ long-established Mataffin packhouse outside Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, the fully integrated fresh produce company has completely revamped its avocado packing line by installing the very latest in optic sorting technology which now optimally grades five different Greenskin varietals as well as Hass…

Lome Super Fruit products now available on Amazon

"We grasped the opportunity offered by Amazon Prime Now to make our products part of their range" explained Dario De Lisi, sales manager for Masseria Fruttirossi, a business specializing in the production, processing and commercialization of soft fruit. "As of last Friday, Lome Super Fruits are part of…

Kathleen van Steen, saleswoman Clean Kiwi, on producer Kiwifruit Plus:

“A producer with character”

After Italy and Greece, France is the third largest European kiwi fruit producer. One of the growers is Kiwifruit Plus, which markets the fruit from Guiche under brand name Clean Kiwi. “The Clean Kiwi is a kiwi grown without the use of pesticides, and which is stored in regular cold store without the use of CA (Controlled…

"Demand definitely continues to grow"

Australian black garlic producers investigate export opportunities

Garlic producers from Victoria's East Gippsland are seeking opportunities in China and the United States to export aged black garlic. From the outside, black garlic looks like…

Long longevity

Lorena, new improved avocado variety

The National University of Colombia has managed to create a new variety of avocado, called Lorena, which yields fruits that have a greater durability with properties that…

The continuous rains inhibited the flowering of the plants

Mexico's rambutan harvest decreases due to climate change

The Mexican state of Chiapas is the national center of rambutan production. Rambutan crops are concentrated in the localities of Metapa, Frontera, Tuxtla Chico, Kilometer 10…

Bert Barmans, general manager of Zespri Europe:

“A brand is a promise to consumers”

And promises should be kept. “We have to make more and more of an effort to keep those promises,” says Bert Barmans, general manager of Zespri Europe. That promise ensures a healthy and flavourful product. Zespri can put all of their attention to kiwi fruit, in part because kiwi fruit is their only…

Green Hayward variety in particular

Climate change in New Zealand may impact kiwifruit

Climate change may force the kiwifruit industry to look for new places to grow its vines – especially the green Hayward variety. According to NIWA’s new chief scientist for…

Colombia's Hass avocado makes its way to Kuwait

Kuwait has become a new export destination for Colombia's Hass avocados. As a result of the efforts made by the Ministry of Agriculture and the ICA to establish commercial…

Europe's avocado consumption will reach the US level within 8 years

Despite the fact that avocado consumption is very popular, the current volume consumed per person in Europe remains smaller than in the United States, where an average of 5 kilos per person are estimated to be consumed each year. However, the World Avocado Organization is optimistic about the increase in…

Avocado packing plant opened in Olmos, Peru

According to the Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, the company has invested US $15 million for the execution of its automation plan in its entire industrial process, which has allowed them to have state-of-the-art technology. In this framework, the company announced the automation of the processing of…

Daniel Badger - Jancana Produce

Great size and colour on South African passion fruit

Exotic fruits are becoming ever more popular, they are no longer just a treat at Christmas as in years gone by. UK importer Jacana Produce has passion fruit from South Africa for the first time this season. "We import passion fruit from Columbia year round," explains Daniel Badger, sales and procurement…

New Zespri facility inaugurated in Bologna

One of the five Māori carvers who have combined kiwifruit vines and symbolic motifs from the area of Tauranga, said their carving is called "Te Aka Thuone", i.e. "the orchard that unites us". The carving was made using Kauri wood with Paua, the abalone mother of pearl. It symbolizes the fusion between…

Susi Bonet, of Cambayas: "Breva prices will remain stable"

Delay in start of breva fig campaign in Spain

This year, the campaign of the first breva figs from Elche has been delayed a week and the production will be smaller than usual. Low temperatures have caused this delay. Despite the expansion of the acreage, the volume is expected to fall by between 25% and 30%. "Despite having more hectares, the yield…

A committee of arbitrators will mediate in the resolution of the dispute

Mexico and Costa Rica are one step closer to resolving the Hass avocado conflict

The dispute that Mexico raised against Costa Rica in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Hass avocado, which has already lasted for four years, has advanced toward a resolution. Both countries agreed to form a WTO panel of arbitrators to mediate the conflict. The panel will be constituted by Gary…

Ronnie Moorman, buyer and seller of kiwi for Willem Dijk on increasing demand for red kiwi:

“Red is definitely going to become a thing”

“Retail traders want to be distinctive by offering sizes not usually available in retail. This concerns larger, more exclusive kiwi fruit,” says Ronnie Moorman, buyer and seller of kiwi fruit for Willem Dijk AGF BV. That’s why size and quality are leading when making decisions regarding the kiwi fruit…

Peru will send its first Hass avocados to Thailand in June

The Hass Avocado Producers Association of Peru (Prohass) announced that Peru will ship its first lots of Hass avocados to Thailand starting in June. Before shipping the first lots, inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture of Thailand are expected to visit the country so that they can inspect the…

Chinese lychee price continues to soar

Last year the lychee harvest was huge. This year the overall production volume was relatively small. The price therefore increased. The Guangdong meteorological website…

Chinese customs office detains 3,000 containers of durian

The Thailand World News reported that export of Thai durian to China has encountered an obstacle. Traders loudly complain about the situation. There are 3,000 containers full…

Tariffs good for American garlic

The papers are currently full of stories about the current US-China trade war and the devastating effects on American farmers. But what the media has failed to take into account is that in any trade…

Lychees from Kunming enter the Chinese market

The seasonal lychee from Kunming recently entered the Chinese market. At the same time, media reported that the price of lychee from Guangdong is soaring. The price is higher…

The Netherlands received 51% of the total

Peruvian pomegranate exports yield positive results

Peruvian pomegranate exports increased slightly during the first four months of this year, reaching 29,514,110 kilos worth 51,129,075 dollars. The Netherlands was the main…

New destination for Peruvian avocado exports

Peru: The price of avocados exported to Asia will increase by up to 20%

Hass avocados produced in Peru are exported in large quantities to Asian countries, including China and Japan. This year, the country has exported 8,000 tons of avocado to…

Spain: Kumquat and passion fruit, an alternative to traditional citrus

In Spain, kumquat cultivation emerged as a viable alternative to traditional citrus, as its market price makes it a profitable product. This exotic citrus looks like a small orange (two to four centimeters long), weighs between 10 and 20 grams and has an attractive color. Its season lasts from December…

Export volumes already reach 5,000 tons

Peruvian avocado exports to China increase by 62%

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, through Senasa, the region of Ayacucho region, in the south of the country, has exported 5 thousand tons of Hass…

This production is a new commercial opportunity for developing countries

Peru: Pomegranates represent an important export niche for Europe

Pomegranate producing countries, such as Turkey and Peru, have not overlooked the increase in consumption of this product in Europe, and see this fruit as an interesting commercial opportunity. In fact, both countries were the largest exporters of pomegranates to Europe in 2017; Turkey, with 43 thousand…

Argentina to export yellow kiwis to Europe for the first time

The organic yellow kiwifruit of the Jintao variety has managed to position itself in the world's export market, and now it can finally enter the European market. In Argentina,…

Florida growers see increased demand for Indian okra

Florida is in the midst of its okra harvest, as growers report the start of the season for the specialty vegetable began earlier than usual. This is because they took advantage of a warm spell at the end of January which is when they planted their first lots of okra. "Our first day of harvesting okra…

"Chinese dragon fruit price shows upward trend"

Dragon fruits are one of the most popular fruits in the Chinese market. This kind of fruit is loved by Chinese consumers because of the sweet flavor. The price of dragon fruit currently shows an upward trend. Yu Hong, who works at a fruit trade company in Beijing, provided a look at the dragon fruit…

El Salvador exports Hass avocados to Spain

Spanish consortium Geodigital is buying Hass avocados in the Chalatenango area for export to the European Union market. This initiative is supported by the Salvadoran…

Authorities confused it with a gas leak

The smell of a durian causes an emergency evacuation in Australia

Durian, the Asian fruit that holds the dubious honor of being the stinkiest fruit in the world, has caused a unique incident in the library of the University of Canberra, in…

Hottest commercially grown pepper begins imports into US

Imports have begun of the Carolina reaper hot peppers into the US. “The current supply of Carolina reapers is steady,” says Allen Demo, director of procurement and sourcing with Frieda’s Inc. in Los Alamitos, CA, who notes that the peppers are coming out of the Netherlands where they are greenhouse…

Connecting generations

Connecting the world with avocados

The technological revolution, social networks and the development of new technologies has led companies to ask themselves different questions, such as: What is digital marketing? How can I succeed in impacting my target audience? Digital marketing is a virtual tool that allows reaching a specific segment…

Malaysian durian reach important turning point in export to Chinese market

Experts from General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) were in Malaysia at end of April 2019 to audit and examine durian orchards and pack house facilities to pave the way for the final approval for Malaysia durian to be imported into China in the form of frozen whole…

Avocado prices in Mexico increase by 35%

Hass avocado prices have skyrocketed by 35% in the Mexican province of Michoacan, according to the National System of Information and Market Integration of the Ministry of…

Trops expands in Portugal with 1,500 hectares of avocados

The Málaga-based cooperative Trops, dedicated to the cultivation and marketing of tropical fruits, has started its international expansion with 1,500 new hectares devoted to avocado cultivation in Tavira, in the south of Portugal. With this 'transnational' expansion within the Iberian Peninsula, a…

Avocado cultivation spreads to southern European countries

Since avocados became fashionable in 2014, sales have increased by 60% in recent years, with 650 million kilos marketed last year in Europe. The rising sales and the high…

Understanding on the issue will help increase crop yields

Research on avocado flower pollination carried out in Malaga

The Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticultural Institute (IHSM) La Mayora of Malaga is investigating how to improve avocado pollination, as despite being one of the trees…

Ricardo Cautín participates in conference about this crop in Malaga

"Intensive cultivation would increase the yields of Spanish avocado"

Ricardo Cautín, professor at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, participated last Thursday in a technical conference organized by the Spanish Association of Tropical Fruit Producers, held in Vélez-Málaga. He spoke about the need for intensive farming to address the low yields per hectare…

Jürgen Weiler, Rolf Koch GmbH:

"High-priced mango market, stable demand for avocados"

In the Baden area, at this time of the year everything revolves around asparagus. Lots of this 'white gold', as well as regional strawberries are auctioned daily in asparagus stronghold Bruchsal. They are then marketed to the surrounding markets, such as the one in Karlsruhe. In the course of this trade,…

Durian becomes a "craving"

Chinese consumers eat at least 343 million kg of fresh durian per year

China is one of the largest consumers of durian in the world. However, as a result of border trade policy the only county with permission to export fresh durian to China is Thailand. More than 75% of the fresh durian consumed by Chinese customers comes from Thailand. Data from the Chanthaburi District 6…

New 25 percent tariff great for US garlic

Christopher Ranch in Gilroy welcomed a decision by President Donald Trump to increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods May 10. Many US farmers,…

"Passion fruit market stabilising after period of scarcity"

"There has been a scarcity in the passion fruit market in recent weeks. The demand has been good throughout the period but due to problems in the production areas the supply couldn't keep up with the demand. At the moment the market is slowly stabilising and there is once again balance in the demand and…

A new concept

Avocado on a stick

Avocado lovers can now try a new product that will help them eat this fruit more easily: Avocado on a stick, or avocado in bar form. This new concept that will facilitate the handling of avocados so that people can enjoy their flavor in their favorite dishes more comfortably was created by designer Matt Benedetto. Are you ready…

China: "Imports of durian and mangosteen from east Thailand ending"

Thailand is one of the larger suppliers of fruit for China. The two most important fruit varieties are durian and mangosteen. One importer provided an overview of the current…


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