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Exotic fruit and vegetables

Peter Hobert, BUD Holland: "It is better to make people happy than to throw away products"

"Heartwarming reactions to private sales of exotic packages"

As an importer of exotic fruit, vegetables and specialties from all over the world, BUD Holland is also hit hard by the Corona crisis. "A large part of our clientele is in the so-called high-end markets. Now that the hotel and catering industry, in the broadest sense of the word,  completely at a loss internationally,…

Arils developing as an option for foodservice

Pomegranate arils are in strong supply right now. “Supply is excellent. We have consistent, quality product coming in multiple times a week,” says Leslie A. Simmons of Dave’s Specialty Imports based in Miami, Fl. Simmons adds that product is coming in from Peru, the main country in production currently.…

Alanar on their 365-day-fig project, the coronavirus and the implications for the cherry season

“I believe the virus will not affect the cherry season as much”

Offering figs year round has been a challenging but satisfying project for Turkish exporting company Alanar. Rather than just export figs from Turkey, they have growers in Latin America and Africa as well. With the coronavirus spreading fast, more challenges will come up. The exporter believes they will…

"We temporarily stopped kiwi fruit export in favor of domestic sales in the Chinese market"

Kiwi fruit production and retail is gradually recovering in Guizhou production areas, more than two months after the initial outbreak of COVID-19. Market demand is also growing stronger and the price is improving too. Manager Duan of Liupanshui City Agricultural Investment Development Co., Ltd. recently…

Conditions in Chinese durian market are difficult to predict

The COVID-19 epidemic has spread beyond the borders of China to countries such as Thailand and Malaysia where not only "the cities are closed" but "the entire country is…

Michael Franks - Seeka

"We will continue to operate, but we must meet quite sensible but stringent protocols"

On Monday the New Zealand Government took the decision to shut the country down. Self-isolation will be imposed, with all-non-essential services, schools and offices to be shut over the next 48 hours for four weeks as the number of coronavirus cases more than double. It is approaching peak kiwifruit…

NZ: Maori orchardists profit from global demand for organic produce

Māori orchardist Otama Marere has embraced organic kiwifruit production, growing organic SunGold kiwifruit on a total of 7 hectares. The land was originally used for growing watercress, kumara and kamokamo. The trust that manages the land has also held educational days on the land for other Maori…

Koen Maes, Special Fruit:

"Guaranteeing availability for avocados, mangoes, soft fruit and special vegetables is the most important at the moment"

"Now that many countries are in a 'lockdown' and the catering industry is forced to close their doors, we also notice the consequences of the corona virus," says Koen Maes of Special Fruit. “There is a lot of demand for certain products and demand is falling for other products. There is currently little…

Cristian Moretti from Agrintesa

Good end of season for green kiwifruit

"It has been a difficult season characterized by a drop in national production as green kiwifruit quantities merely reached 257,000 tons of saleable product. Italy has not reached its production potential in three years," reports Agrintesa director Cristian Moretti.  Greece keeps growing with 230,000 tons, also…

Storage temperature effect on carotenoid accumulation in yellow flesh kiwifruit

Carotenoid levels in fruit change dynamically in response to storage condition, however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. "We have investigated the carotenoid profiles and have associated gene expression to reveal its responses to different storage temperature (20 °C and 4 °C) in two kiwifruit cultivars,…

Zespri’s first shipment of SunGold sets sail for Japan

The first of a planned 47 charter vessels carrying new season Zespri Kiwifruit to offshore consumers has left Tauranga Harbour bound for Japan. The Baltic Pearl, carrying just…

“The Greek government has been handling the situation very effectively”

The Greeks are taking measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus as much as any European country. Although logistics might prove difficult, the expectation is that the fruit and vegetable sector will keep going, just as the general food sector will. Greece has also been dealing with the…

Asia GmbH sees great potential for "new" exotics on the German market

"Unusual exotic fruits and vegetables are clearly on the rise"

Unusual exotics have been rapidly gaining in importance in recent years: in addition to avocados, papayas and sugar snap peas, coloured fruits and vegetable crops from all over the world are now available in specialist shops. "This trading segment is clearly on the rise", says Hacer Temiz, Managing Director…

JD.com to supply Zespri's kiwifruit directly

On March 16th, JD.com signed a contract with Zespri, the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, becoming the world’s first online retailer to supply Zespri kiwifruit from the…

Phalani Fresh on the upcoming pomegranate season in India

“We expect up to 30% more volume this season”

The recent Pomegranate season ended up with higher rates due to lower quantities. However upcoming season, which will start the first week of June 2020, will be an improvement thanks to late and satisfactory monsoons in Maharashtra up to September 2019. Maharashtra is the main pomegranate cultivation…

Avocado master class draws unprecedented numbers of international visitors

Photo report Maluma Avocado Symposium, Tzaneen, Limpopo

The annual Maluma symposium is a highlight in the agricultural calendar: it brings top avocado researchers and developers to the farming community of Tzaneen and far beyond, while allowing unprecedented access into the workings of a successful and pioneering avocado farm. The symposium consists of a day…

Mango farmers affected

India: Export of fruit and vegetables to Middle East & Europe takes a hit

Indian exporters have reported a drop of 25 per cent in business revenues as transportation charges by air and sea have shot up drastically. They also fear that the worst is…

Coronavirus makes red pomelo season in Thailand difficult

In March, the harvesting of pomelos begins in Thailand. Sharing the same period of the world shutting down isn’t exactly ideal, but the growers are trying the best they can to find a suitable market for their produce. Agricultural consultant Nattharinee Ruecha is currently helping out with the harvest of…

Coronavirus further strains New Zealand fruit picking labour shortages

The NZ kiwifruit and apple industries are looking for New Zealanders to help fill labour shortages for this season's harvest, caused in part by the Covid-19 outbreak.…

Rene Rooseman, Bel Impex

“Sweet potatoes now come in more colors than just orange”

The sweet potato market is growing and, for many people, fits in well with a conscious lifestyle diet. They are also a tasty alternative for ‘regular’ potatoes. There are, however, a few more sweet potato varieties than just the orange-fleshed ones. There are white-fleshed sweet potatoes, red and white…

Ecuadorian producers plant a new variety of purple pitahaya

Producers in the canton of Isidro Ayora, in the Ecuadorian province of Guayas, carried out the first commercial planting of a wild purple pitahaya variety, which was…

Honduras will export cassava to the United Arab Emirates

According to authorities from the Honduran Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), cassava is a product with strong export potential. The country mainly produces cassava…

Bernd Kugelmann, PfalzBio:

"Complex job market keeps competition for wild garlic low"

The season for wild garlic has officially begun in Germany - volumes  are still somewhat small, but more stable volumes are expected, starting next week. Bernd Kugelmann from PfalzBio in Kandel has already harvested some 1000 kg of the speciality this week. "During the main season we expect up to 10 tons per…

WHO combats rumours about garlic effectiveness

Tunisians rush to buy garlic, thinking it will combat Coronavirus

The price of garlic has shot up in Tunisia amid a buying rush as consumers hope it will help protect against the new coronavirus. This is going on, despite a caution from the…

Peru

Complejo Agroindustrial Beta plans to export 2,400 tons of pomegranates this year

Peruvian agricultural exporter Complejo Agroindustrial Beta plans to export 2,400 tons of pomegranates in this year's campaign; a volume similar to what it dispatched in the…

Cape gooseberry, an alternative for Argentine fruit growers

The growing popularity of the cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana L.) in gastronomy has aroused the interest of producers in Argentina, where it is not yet grown commercially.…

10th Maluma Avocado Symposium, Tzaneen

Launch of Viavi brand, cream of the Maluma avo crop

At the current Maluma Symposium, the owners of the cultivar announced that from this year, the top class 1 fruit from certified packhouses will be presented as Viavi, the top-tier Maluma avocado. This will go into ripening and triggered programmes for the consumer brand on the shelf. Viavi avocados will…

Jackfruit expands meat replacement choices

Jackfruit supplies out of Mexico are steady as interest in the commodity is growing. “Right now the volume of jackfruit is coming from Chiapas, Mexico and it’s started to decrease. But volume coming from Nayarit, Mexico has started to get higher,” says Vicky Cabello of Cabefruit Produce LLC in McAllen,…

SunGold kiwifruit licensing tender due to open next month

With the new season’s SunGold kiwifruit licensing tender due to open next month, expectations are that orchardist interest in the 750ha area being made available will be at…

'On the road to break a new kiwi export record'

Greek exports soared in January

Greek exports remained on an upward trend in January of this year, extending last year’s course which led to new historic records. This all offered an encouraging outlook on the 2020 exports, along with a 9.8 pct drop in the trade deficit in the first month of the year. Exports to the EU and third countries rose in January…

New moth threat for Texan prickly pear cactus

Texan plants our now in danger of being hit by a devastating invasive moth that is going for the state’s ubiquitous prickly pear cactus. The South American cactus moth has…

Carnel Geddes, POMASA

Pomegranate growers hope for larger sizing on Wonderful harvest

The first South African pomegranates of the season are arriving in Europe and the Middle East, early variety pomegranates, mostly Herskovits and Acco. The harvest of Wonderful pomegranates are getting underway this week in the Western Cape (home to the majority of south Africa’s pomegranate production).…

Chinese ginger market shows signs of recovery

Chinese companies have gradually resumed operations following the outbreak of the corona virus. The ginger trade is also recovering. According to jiang7.com, all major trade…

Horti products import recommendation to import 90,000 tons of garlic

Indonesian government to import food staples to stabilize prices

The Indonesian government is expediting imports of several foodstuffs in preparation for a surge in demand during this year’s Ramadan festivities. These will start in late…

Lucas Saglietto, Peruzzo Group:

“We are planting 50 hectares of red kiwis in France”

After the commercial success of the yellow kiwi, several actors of the sector are now turning to its red counterpart. Peruzzo Group, for example, enjoys exclusivity on the French market for the production and marketing of a club variety from China. This year, the company will plant 15 hectares of this…

Lieve Michielsen, Special Fruit, Belgium:

“Consumers still have to discover how versatile figs are”

There is very little change in the global fig market. The large South American players dominate the European market. And in the summer, Turkey and Israel are the top players. After a busy Valentine’s period, the fig market is slowing down again. The next busy time is only expected around Easter. “The start…

Volumes forecast to be on last year

New Zealand kiwifruit harvest gets underway in Gisborne

The picking of kiwifruit in Gisborne and the Bay of Plenty has heralded the beginning of the 2020 kiwifruit harvest. The 2020 season is forecast to be another very large crop with around 155 million trays of green and gold kiwifruit expected to be picked in orchards and packed in packhouses across New…

King Abdullah of Jordan visits two agricultural projects in Northern Ghor

Jordan’s King Abdullah, accompanied by Crown Prince Hussein, visited two agricultural projects in the Northern Ghor District on Tuesday. These are affiliated with the Economic…

Another impact of COVID19

Shortage of garlic expected in Fiji

Importer and distributor Turners and Growers Fiji Ltd says all its garlic import from China is on hold and their last shipments were before the coronavirus outbreak. This…

Fig production in Mexico to increase

Supplies of figs out of Mexico continue to be steady. Paul Catania of Catania Worldwide based in Mississauga, Canada notes that the season out of Mexico, where Catania grows its own figs and works with local growers, begins mid-October and runs through to mid-May. Following that, production switches to…

"New season cape gooseberries from Yunnan look promising"

The cape gooseberry is still a novelty fruit in the Chinese market. Compared with popular categories such as apples and bananas, the total production of this fruit is still…

Peruvian fresh fig exports increase

According to the data provided by the Agrodata Peru website, Peru exported 117,713 kilos of fresh figs with a FOB value of $ 681,536 during January 2020. This is significantly…

11 & 12 March 2020, Tzaneen

Maluma Avocado Symposium: 10 years of exponential growth

Next week sees the tenth edition of the Maluma avocado symposium in Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, a platform for sharing knowledge on avocados that has become increasingly popular among producers, who make up half of attendees, drawn from across the world. Prof Neena Mitter, director of the Centre for…

With availabilty increasing

Philippines: Prices of onions & garlic to drop

In the Bangkerohan Public Market, the of selected produce dropped last week. The retail price of red onions dropped from P110 to P70/kg. The price of garlic came out at…

Michael Franks - Seeka

“Our growth in volume is coming from new developments, conversion and SunGold orchards coming into production"

Last year very dry growing conditions in both Australia and New Zealand made conditions very challenging for Australasian company Seeka. The Hayward kiwifruit [green] yields were well down on expectation due to the drought conditions. The SunGold variety was less affected by the drought as it grows much…

Date sales likely to spike in April

Supplies of dates out of California are steady. “We’ve had strong supplies throughout the whole season. And the quality is very nice right now. We have lots of big jumbo high-quality dates,” says Ben Antongiovanni of Pure Palm Produce based in Bakersfield, Ca. “We don’t foresee any shortage for the rest…

Turkish avocado exports increased by 41 times

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), Turkey produced 14.000 tons of avocados over the past 5 years and thus increased exports by 41 times. Last year, avocado production in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey increased by 33% compared to 2018 and reached a production volume of 4.209 tons.…

World Bank APPEALS to boost ginger farming in Nigeria

Commissioner of Agriculture in the state of Kaduna, Hajiya Halima Lawal, has stated that ginger is one of the three main commodities focused on by the Agro Processing…

EU phytosanitary restrictions worry agricultural exporters in Honduras

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras (SAG) stated that the EU had restricted the import of 13 products, especially of oriental vegetables and even some coffee shipments, since the new phytosanitary regulation of the European Union, which entered into force on December 14, 2019, includes…

Annari Muller, Wolkberg Plase

Avo season kicks off in a wet Levubu

The avocado season has kicked off at Wolkberg Plase in Levubu in the Soutpansberg Mountains, not far from the border with Zimbabwe, one of the older avocado-producing areas in the country. The avocado orchards at Wolkberg Plase are for the second year marching to its own tune: last year when the rest of…

CITEX report on Chinese ginger season

Ginger price likely to remain high until early April

Due to a combination of the Chinese New Year, but more importantly the issues around the current Coronavirus, there is expected to be a gap in Chinese ginger supply throughout the whole of March and longer for countries whose lead time is more extensive, then that of European countries. “A limited number…

Rob Cullum - Pacific Produce

Tough season for Peruvian mangoes

UK importer Pacific Produce has finished their imports of Peruvian grapes for the season. According to Rob Cullum from the company it was a good season with good quality fruit. “We finished imports last week and there was a bit of a shortage on whites towards the end, but reds and blacks were in good…

Peru promotes pitahaya cultivation in the department of Piura

In 2016, Sierra y Selva Exportadora - a public executing agency attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) that aims to promote the access of small and…

Indonesia: Without Chinese imports, garlic stocks will only suffice until April

An Indonesian official has said that his countrymen might find it difficult to buy garlic during the festival of Ramadan this year if the country fails to get imports from…

Ginger might be worth keeping an eye on in 2020

Studies have found that ginger is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-nausea ingredient. According to GlobalData’s 2019 Q3 global consumer survey, Some 70% of…

Colorful exotic imports on display this weekend

Volumes are slightly lower on organic ginger from Peru right now. “While our organic ginger from Peru is available year round, volumes are very low from January to June,” says Marc Holbik of Miami, Fl.-based Ecoripe Tropicals, who adds that strong volumes will come on in the beginning of July. “It is not…

For ginger and pepper

Togo: €20.3 mln processing plant to be completed by 2022

The foundation stone of a ginger and pepper processing plant was recently laid in Gbadi-Nkougna, Togo. The project is led by Boss Approche Agricole, which partnered with…

First German greenhouse product meets with high specialist retail demand

German wild garlic earlier than ever before

The German wild garlic season started last week. On Thursday, the first regional greenhouse products arrived at the South German specialist retailers, earlier than ever before. Nonetheless, the demand is already astonishing, according to the retail trade Gittler in Göppingen. "The daily amount is already…

Costa Rica is expected to lose the dispute over Hass avocado with Mexico

The World Trade Organization (WTO) still hasn't issued a resolution regarding the dispute over Hass avocado trade between Costa Rica and Mexico. However, experts expect that Costa Rica will lose the dispute because of the mistakes that the Costa Rican authorities made when they decided to unilaterally to…

Indian ginger sees lower output and high prices

India might be able to grab a significant chunk of the global ginger market, now that the Covid-19 outbreak in China is impacting that nation's exports. India is the largest…

Solid season for California kiwis

California still has ample supplies of kiwifruit. “We have plentiful supplies to go another two to three months,” says John Fagundes of Cal Harvest Marketing Inc. in Hanford, Ca. “I think we’ll wrap a little bit earlier though due to the good demand for California kiwis right now. But we’re right on…

Chinese garlic and ginger going out of stock in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, stocks of Chinese garlic and ginger have run out of markets and created a supply shortage, prompting the traders to increase the prices of other varieties of two key cooking ingredients. The shortage was due to import postponement from China, the largest source for the two spices, amid…

Antimicrobial effect and possible phytotoxicity of plant extract in controlling postharvest anthracnose of dragon fruit

Scientists at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, have evaluated the antifungal effect of ginger, turmeric rhizome and “dukung anak” (medicinal herb) crude extract against Colletotrichum gloeosporioides at minimal concentrations 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10.0 g/L (in vitro). Furthermore, the…

Pherzawl district - India

Horticulture Dept sends ginger consignment to Delhi Company

The Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), with the official support and backing of the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department, is geared up to ship the organic ginger produced by the 1,000 ginger growers of the Pherzawl district. The destination: Nature and Cure, a Dubai based company. As part of…

Gerardo Gutierrez of Jackman Foods:

“Jackfruit as a meat-replacement is a winning product”

Convenient access to healthy foods and plant-based alternatives has been a fast growing consumer trend in the past decade. One of the popular fruits which has broken into the market as a meat-replacement is jackfruit. Gerardo Gutierrez of Jackman Foods says: “It has a texture similar to shredded meat or…

"Chinese consumers purchase kiwi fruit based on sugar content and edibility"

"The global production volume of kiwi fruit doubled in size in the last five years because the surface area devoted to kiwi fruit plantation worldwide continuously grows. Competition in the kiwi fruit industry has consequently intensified and the price continues to fall." This is according to Mr. Qi Zhe,…

The volume of Peruvian pitahaya exports fell by 63% in 2019

Peruvian pitahaya exports haven't taken off yet. In fact, in 2019, the country exported 6.3 tons of this fruit worth $ 59,000 and an average price of $9.8 per kilo, which is 63% less than the volume exported in 2018. According to Fresh Fruit, in 2019, Peruvian shipments were mainly sent to the…

Indonesia: Garlic prices up due to Coronavirus panic buying

According to Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, the coronavirus that originated from China’s province of Wuhan has started to affect Indonesia’s domestic…

Weather triggers two-tier Yuca market

Rains in Costa Rica are making for an almost two-tier Yuca market in North America. “There’s definitely a little more product this year. However the weather has been bad. It’s been raining a lot,” says Luis Tomasino of Tomasino Farms, Inc. in Orlando, Fl. “The rains have been consistent and that’s what everybody’s…

Dan Mathieson - CEO Zespri

Re-brand, red kiwifruit and coming season

Zespri launched their re-brand at Fruit Logistica, the first in 23 years. They say consumer research has shown that the new logo is recognised 2.5 seconds faster than the previous one and it will increase the likelihood to purchase by 29%. CEO Dan Mathieson said that the recognition factor is a lot in…

Azienda ortofrutticola Rimfruit - Catenaro

Green kiwifruit prices dropped at the start of the year

"We are investing in new crops - both traditional green Hayward kiwifruit and new golden and red-flesh varieties. We are doing so by supporting all our partners from both a technical and financial point of view. Over the next three years, there will be new hectares at Azienda Agricola Catenaro Italo and…

Bangladesh government looks beyond China to import garlic and other essentials

The Bangladesh government has started searching alternative markets to source garlic and other essential items to avert any possible disruption in supplies that might occur…

Peruvian physalis exports increased by 11,175% in 2019

In December 2019, Peru exported 6.2 tons of physalis or aguaymanto, which represents a significant increase compared to the 55 kilos that were shipped abroad in 2018,…

Mar del Plata produces 80% of Argentina's kiwis

Almost four decades after the first kiwi plants arrived in Mar del Plata, the region has 400 hectares dedicated to its cultivation which produce 80% of all the kiwi in…

Stef de Lange, SDL Boerdery

Levubu farmer breaks down resistance to new white guava

Recent heavy rains in eastern Limpopo have lifted the spirits of the province’s fruit and nut farmers, among them Stef de Lange of SDL Boerdery. “We’re very grateful for the rain – we had more than 300mm over two days," he says. The rain will be good for sizing on all their fruit, including lemons. The…

Sales of exotic mushrooms up 16% on last year

Think Dry Jan and Veganuary are just for the first month of the year, think again - as sales figures from Waitrose & Partners show - customers are sticking to these popular…

Tom Murray, Woolworths

Woolworths kicks off its third year of selling only local avos

The longest distance that avocados for the South African branches of Woolworths now have to travel, is 2,600km, the distance between Chimoio in Mozambique and Cape Town, for a few weeks in February before South Africa’s own harvest starts in earnest. Avocado orchards in Mozambique (photo courtesy of…

Direct Fresh GmbH expand Chinese garlic assortment

"Loose black garlic has the potential to become an interesting niche"

Hamburg import company Direct Fresh LLC has been offering loose Chinese garlic for a long time. Over the years, the purple garlic variety has become an interesting niche in the German trade. For almost two months now, the company has also included black solo garlic in its range. Although marketing of the…

Hayward Medal awarded to Ian Greaves for pastoral care of kiwifruit industry

The kiwifruit industry’s Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal recognising outstanding contributions has this year been awarded to Ian Greaves, for the life-saving pastoral care he provided the industry during the Psa outbreak. Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Committee Chair and Zespri Director Tony Hawken presented…

Uncertainty in the southern hemisphere's kiwi season in the face of the situation in China

The Chilean Kiwi Committee has noted the market trends observed in Europe and their possible impact on Chilean producers in the upcoming campaign. This year, Fruit Logistica was strongly influenced by the current situation in China, and marked by a large presence of Indian importers insistently seeking…

“Huge shortages and daily price increases for Chinese ginger”

The coronavirus situation in China is causing inevitable delays in ginger supplies to Europe. “Production is currently at only 50% of the usual volume,” Not only shortages of labor but also a lack of sufficient packing material and logistic service” says Paul Yin of B&C Lifestyle. This company has a…

High prices on imported okra from Honduras

Okra is available in the United States year-round, and most of the supplies come from domestic growers. Florida is a major okra-producer and the season begins in April and runs to November or December, depending on the weather. During the gap in Florida’s supply from November/December through April, the…

New South Wales, Australia

Bushfire-ravaged Mid North Coast farm faces more destruction from rain and floods

In three short months, Ms Kay Bridge has seen first-hand the extremes this Australian summer has produced; her garlic farm on the New South Wales Mid North Coast has been ravaged by both fire and rain. Ms Bridge lives with her husband in the tiny community of Lower Creek, between Kempsey and Armidale. In…

First New Zealand company to be granted Key Trademark Protection Status

Zespri wins crucial legal battle in China

Zespri has become the first New Zealand company to be granted Key Trademark Protection Status in China, ensuring greater protections against copyright infringements.  The recognition,…

NZ kiwiberry harvest looking positive

The NZ Kiwiberry harvest is due to start in early February, and is expected to run for two months from early February to early April.   “Although it is a short season, Kiwiberries are receiving an increase in global popularity,” says Geoff Oliver, Chairman of the NZ Kiwiberry Grower Association. “As in industry we are…

Garlic prices Indonesia soar due to worries about Chinese shipments

Indonesia is struck by surging garlic prices as the fast-spreading coronavirus causes fears over supply disruptions. That’s because China accounts for about 80% of the world’s…

Avocado's water consumption is proportional to its nutritional value

The avocado has become the superfood of the twenty-first century. Technical improvements in the avocado harvest within recent years have allowed substantial reduction in its water footprint. Present in all types of diets, no other food offers the same nutritional value for the per-liter amount of water…

Bangladesh Ministry considers alternative sources for garlic, ginger

Bangladesh will look for alternative markets to source garlic, ginger and other spices in case the coronavirus outbreak is prolonged, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi yesterday. “We will not face any difficulties if onion imports from China are stopped. However, we are observing the supply situation of…

Ricardo Kotze, BothaRoodt

Tight avo market but Fuertes from Tzaneen will start picking up

Avocado volumes are surprisingly low on the market, says Ricardo Kotze, avocado specialist at BothaRoodt market agency at the Johannesburg fresh produce market. “We’ve received the first Fuerte, mostly from Tzaneen. There was a little bit from Kenya, just a handful of pallets, at the beginning of…

First shipment of Taiwanese guava arrives in US

The first shipment of guava from Taiwan arrived in Los Angeles late last month. The shipment of 13 tons of guava took just over 20 days to arrive in the port, having departed Tainan in the south of the country on December 27. An event was held in the port of Long Beach celebrating the arrival of the…

Prices soar on Central Java as well, due to coronavirus

India: Garlic price soars to all-time high

Though prices of onions have come down with supply from Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan, another essential item of kitchen produce is touching an all-time high…

2 major innovations for eco-responsible packaging of exotic fruits and vegetables

According to a study carried out by the Ellen McArthur foundation, “if nothing is done to eradicate plastic pollution, the oceans could contain a ton of plastic for three tons of fish as of 2025. In 2050, the weight of plastic would be heavier than the weight of marine fish.” Faced with this…

Zespri reveals bold new brand identity

Zespri, the world’s leading marketer of kiwifruit, has unveiled its first new look in its 22-year history, with a refreshed brand providing a strong platform for the company to continue its recent growth. With operating revenue of $3.14 billion in 2018/19, Zespri continues to make excellent progress…

Fruitgrowing Quality promotes their cultivation in Spain

"There will always be profitability for the producers of yellow and red club kiwifruit"

The company Fruitgrowing Quality has embarked on a new project for the production of three alternative varieties of licensed kiwifruit, two yellow-fleshed and another…

Malaga producing the first Spanish soursop

The province of Malaga has special climatic conditions that allow it to be one of the few European regions where tropical fruits can be produced. In fact, it has already…

Consorzio Kiwi Passion is established with the objective of pleasing consumers

The newly-formed Consorzio Kiwi Passion (KP) aims at launching, developing, safeguarding, promoting and selling special kiwifruit varieties. The consortium was created on the initiative of CamFruit, represented by Claudio Dal Pane and Enza Fruit licencee for a red kiwifruit variety,  and of FruitsWorldWide…

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Mexican avocado exports break records in January 2020

The Association of Avocado Producers, Packers, and Exporters of Mexico (APEAM) reported that the country had achieved a new record in the export of avocados to the US this…

Two major innovations for ecofriendly exotic fruit and vegetable packaging

According to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation study, «the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight). In response to that environmental emergency, the Environment and Community Ministry launched France’s National…

Garlic prices Nepal skyrocket as import from China stops

The retail price of dry garlic imported from China climbed to a record high in the domestic market last Sunday as imports from China have stopped since the past two weeks…

Primland confirms development and complementary nature of its product lines

Since the CADRALBRET cooperative, located in Nérac, joined its cooperative union in 2019, Primland has had a potential yield of 16,000 tonnes per year.  Oscar produces OSCAR GOLD…

Limited availability of large size pineapples

Volumes for large pineapple sizes are lower than usual right now because of some adverse weather conditions in Costa Rica, says Adriana Garcia from Chestnut Hill Farms. “There have been some intense rains in Costa Rica recently which has had some impact on the production. We also have less large size…

Kiwifruit vine decline expresses a pathobiome

Kiwifruit vine decline is a complex disease. Mr Scortichini studied the etiological role of clostrida and reported that excessive rain or irrigation in soil compacted by the passing of machinery may cause temporary asphyxia conditions that activate clostridia (Gram+ bacteria, anaerobic), which in turn…

Mitrosilis SA on the upcoming kiwi season

Lower Italian kiwi production creates opportunities for Greece

The lack of Italian quantity and quality in their kiwis could prove a perfect opportunity for the kiwi growers in Greece. Despite only having a third of the acreage that Italy has, Greece is expecting a harvest of around 250,000 tons of kiwis, which is quite close to the expected Italian harvest. According…

France will increase kiwi exports to Colombia

France, one of the most outstanding producers of this fruit worldwide, has turned its gaze to the Colombian fruit market due to the increase in demand for kiwifruit by…

Mexican mango season kicks off on time with the Ataulfo variety

The Mexican mango season is starting up with harvests in the southern regions of Oaxaca and Chiapas. The season starts with the Ataulfos in low volumes for both the conventional and organic markets, and the first fruit is expected to start trickling into the United States in February. The season will run…

Three new appointees welcomed

National Mango Board expands to include coverage of frozen mango

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has appointed three members from the frozen mango industry to serve on the National Mango Board (NMB). Two appointees will…

Peruvian fresh pomegranate exports increased by 15% in 2019

The Association of Peruvian Pomegranate Producers (ProGranada) reported that the country had exported 39,305 tons of fresh pomegranate in the 2019 campaign, i.e. 15% more than…

AVA-Asaja estimates the losses at 3,7 M€

Storm Gloria trumps the dream of Valencian kiwifruit producers

A decade ago, several agricultural producers in the Valencian town of Picassent started planting kiwifruit in the region, as they were looking for an alternative to oranges, whose price was falling sharply. The manager of the Agro-Cítrica cooperative, Vicente Fort, said that this town has ended up…

First report of Alternaria alternata on Quince trees in Iraq

Quince (Cydonia oblonga) is an important fruit tree that is native to the Western Asia region. Currently, it grows widely in countries with moderate and subtropical ecological conditions, including Iraq.  The fruits are consumed directly or processed as jams, jellies or marmalade. Moreover, several medical…

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…

"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.…

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…


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