Exotic fruit and vegetables

Pascale Begoulle, SIKIG:

"The volumes of French kiwifruit are limited"

The French kiwifruit harvest is in full swing. At SIKIG, sales will start in a week. “We are very happy with the quality. We are harvesting fruits with a high Brix. However, when it comes to quantity, the French are disappointed. All the production areas have fewer fruits than expected,” reports Pascale Begoulle…

Kiwis one of the lesser known products from Turkish origin

“Turkey’s kiwi production is up 300% compared to10 years ago”

One of Turkey’s lesser known export products is the kiwi, as about 90% of the production is destined to the local market. The volumes for export are growing every year though, and according to one exporter it’s growing at almost double the rate of any other kiwi producing country. It’s their hope that…

Chinese Feile kiwifruit enters Beijing market for the first time this season

The early harvest of Feile kiwi fruit entered the Beijing market for the first time this year. This is an important step in the production season of Feile kiwi fruit. The kiwi fruit sold under this brand belongs to the Fenghuang No. 1 variety, which is similar to the Zespri G3. Feile kiwi fruit is…

Leonardo Juárez, manager of The Fresh Co.:

"We saw a very interesting market niche for Spanish exotic fruits such as citrus caviar, kumquat and pitaya"

The innovation in the supply and the development of new product lines, as well as the objective of offering a unique service, have led The Fresh Co. to launch a new line of exotics. "It is a step we considered taking about 9 months ago," says Leonardo Juárez, manager of this Spanish company devoted to the…

Nevinates

Georgia exported more than 7,800 tons of persimmons since start of season

According to the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia, the nation exported 7,824 tons of persimmons (including the kinglet variety) from 1 August 2020 to 23…

Sales of ready-to-eat Chinese kiwis overtaking foreign brands

Kiwifruit, as a fruit widely popular with consumers, always enjoys high sales on the market. However, a problem consumers frequently face after purchasing the fruit is that it…

Lore Van Aert, Special Fruit:

"Corona seems to have little hold on the pomegranate market"

The corona virus has turned the year 2020 upside down. The demand for some products completely disappeared and the demand for others exploded. “Pomegranates have actually had little or no problems with the crisis,” says Lore Van Aert of Special Fruit. "It has actually been a very stable product and we…

European garlic reserves are running low, demand for onions is growing

Chinese exports slow down as shipping costs rise along with exchange rate

Shipping costs have massively increased in recent months as the exchange rate of the Chinese yuan has grown. Under these conditions, overseas market demand for Chinese garlic and onions has shown a decline. Chinese exporters have had to slow down business. Manager Wang Junjie, spokesperson for Jining…

Ginger peel is loosening due to storage issues, but the quality remains unaffected

"Supply of Chinese ginger began one month early and the price of old ginger doubled"

Fresh ginger has high requirements when it comes to harvest time and storage. The ginger export season usually begins when winter arrives. The ginger has been stored for too long and the ginger peel has begun to loosen, but overseas demand has only grown stronger. Exporters have begun to export ginger…

"Demand is very strong and we sell most of it before it even flowers"

North Queensland exotic fruit grower picks up national honour for its high-quality tasting produce

A North Queensland exotic fruit grower says it was a proud moment when his produce was compared favourably to what was grown in South East Asia, by a top Australian television chef. Fruit Forest Farm was the national winner of the 2020 Harvey Norman Delicious Produce Awards, after initially being…

Santiago Contreras, Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft, on the market for exotic fruits

"The avocado proves to be a permanent fixture"

With the end of autumn and colder temperatures approaching, these days more and more exotic fruits are ending up in the shopping carts of consumers, who in the summer months have access to the abundant seasonal and regional fruit selections. Probably the most popular of the exotic fruits is the avocado,…

Strong demand for domestic and import persimmons

Supplies of persimmons are solid domestically and via imports. Domestically, California is in the peak of its season with plentiful supplies of both Hachiya and Fuyu varieties, says Aron Gularte of Fresh Farms based in Kingsburg, CA. “Most supplies come from the Central Valley from Madera to as far south…

Zespri launches first kiwifruit trial project in China

Zespri recently signed a memorandum of intent for a trial project with Sichuan State-owned Assets Operation and Investment Management, in hopes of advancing the development of…

Julio Antelo, Frutos Tropicales Europe, the Netherlands

"We're the largest importer of Peruvian blue figs"

The Peruvian fig season is in full swing at Frutos Tropicales Europe (FTE) in the Netherlands. This overseas importer focuses mainly on importing mangos, avocados, limes, and ginger. But it's also well-involved in the imported fig season. "We receive between 50 and 80 airplane pallets a week. That makes…

AgricolliBio

New plastic-free packaging for all types of kiwifruits

"Everyone feels deeply about environmental matters, including final consumers. In line with this trend and with our company vision, we are shipping our kiwifruits in plastic-free trays, in various formats and manufactured thanks to the ZippMatic machine," reported Francesco Eichstaedt, export manager of…

Efe Yedibaslar on Amiral Fresh’s pomegranate season

“We anticipate pomegranate shipments will continue until second week of February”

According to Efe Yedibaslar, Procurement and Sales Manager, for Turkish fruit exporter Amiral Fresh, they’re off to a good start, after having spent a long time preparing for this debut season: “Our pomegranate season started quickly with good demand from different parts of the world. We believe that the…

Le Tresacois:

Plastic-free packaging for kiwifruit

This year, Le Tresacois has introduced a kraft tray for its kiwifruit campaign. The producer, located in the south of France, is trying to increasingly abandon plastic in order to meet the market's demands. Le Trecasois is starting the green kiwifruit campaign (Hayward variety) very slowly. "The French…

Crop diversification aimed at tackling the sharka virus in the Catalan region

Kiwifruit cultivation tested in Spanish territory of Terres de l'Ebre

As announced by the Catalan Councilor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Teresa Jordà, a pilot test is underway in the territory of Terres de l'Ebre to determine…

January-October 2020

Mexican mango exports grow by 4.5% in value

Mexico's mango exports between January and October 2020 increased by 4.5% in value over the same period of the previous year, totaling 325.7 million dollars. The export volume increased by 2.5%, totaling 409,800 tons, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture. The growth of Mexican shipments…

Covid-19: 50% of South Africa’s watermelon market gone as tourism suffers

Game farmers and hunting operators turn their hand to watermelons

Covid-19 has hit the watermelon market hard. Where usually a holiday resort like Sun City in South Africa’s Northwest Province would be taking thousands of watermelons every day during summer, now they are taking only hundreds, and the market is feeling it, says Martin Michael of Exec-U-Fruit market…

Seeka on the impact of the coronavirus on New Zealand’s produce wholesale environment

“Avocado demand dropped so low that we stopped picking in the orchards”

Although Covid-19 has remained relatively under control in New Zealand, the pandemic has had an effect on the fresh produce business in this region. Some categories have suffered during Covid related lockdowns, like avocados, while other fruits such as kiwifruit and citrus have performed better than…

Melons, rambutan and papaya

Hurricane Iota causes shipping delays for produce out of Guatemala and Honduras

This week, Central America faced another hurricane only two weeks after Hurricane Eta raged through the region. Making landfall on Monday evening in Nicaragua, Hurricane Iota moved through Honduras and eventually dissipated in El Salvador. While Iota was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after…

Overall price shows downward trend

Chinese ginger suppliers wait to see how the market develops

The new season has already begun for Chinese ginger traders. The price of ginger increased several times between September and late October, but has since showed a downward trend. Traders who purchased ginger at high prices earlier in the season now hope to sell their ginger to traders who are currently…

Precision agriculture to estimate kiwifruit production

Pre-harvest yield estimates are essential for most agricultural businesses, as they help them organize and manage logistics when it comes to transport, supplies, labor, etc. Overestimating yields could lead to higher costs, while the opposite could mean a potential waste of produce. This is only one of…

Peru

Phytosanitary requirements for the importation of passion fruit plants of Taiwanese origin and provenance

Directorial Resolution No. 0021-2020-Minagri-Senasa-DSV  establishes the mandatory phytosanitary requirements to import passion fruit plants (Passiflora edulis) of Taiwanese origin and provenance into Peru. The shipment must have a Phytosanitary Import Permit issued by the National Agricultural Health Service…

Growing interest in exotic mushrooms

Rohhaan, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur started his own venture – The Mushroom Company. Six years ago, Rohhaan is one of the biggest sellers of oyster and gourmet mushrooms in…

George Stergiou, Anyfion Greece SA:

"The sample boxes with Greek kakis for the Swiss market were sold out immediately"

Although Spain is still the most important supplier of kakis in Europe, this does not mean that it is the only country with commercial interest in this exotic fruit. There are already some producers in the north of Greece who grow several older and some newer varieties. Now, a Greek company, in…

Eric Léonard, of Le Safran de Cotchia:

"We have been cultivating saffron in Belgium for 11 years"

Halfway between Brussels and Liège, not far from the city of Namur, we find the only professional saffron farm in Belgium, called "Le Safran de Cotchia". The idea of cultivating saffron in Belgium was a gamble of Eric Léonard and his wife, motivated partly by a need to "go back to basics" by working the…

The time is right for substitution of conventional papayas by organic papaya.

"Organic papayas and passion fruit from Tenerife – on the road to becoming Demeter produce”

Organic grower Felipe Gonzalez from Plantate SL, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Global Gap and organic certificates, has been producing papaya and passion fruit (maracuja) for 7 years now. Currently Felipe is growing papaya and maracuja on 4 hectares but he is adding 3 hectares. In total he will have 5…

Last of New Zealand’s 2020 kiwifruit crop shipped to global markets

The final shipments of this season’s New Zealand-grown kiwifruit have left Port of Tauranga bound for Zespri’s global markets, capping another strong season for the New…

“Prices for Turkish pomegranates are similar to last year”

The Turkish pomegranate season is well underway and so far the season for one exporter has been positive. More production will hopefully lead to higher revenue, and despite the challenges that the pandemic brings with it, demand for and consumption of pomegranates has actually increased in most markets.…

Suhaib Faroun on Medjool dates from Gaza

“We’ve managed to increase the volumes for Medjool dates this season”

The harvest for Medjool dates in Gaza has concluded, meaning the focus can now shift fully to sales. For one exporter, production has increase by about 12 per cent this year and sizes are larger. That’s not to say the season is without its challenges, as the harvested dates from the previous season are…

Australia:

Activity in the Hort Innovation Lychee Fund remained strong through difficult year

During 2019-20, Hort Innovation continued to track investment expenditure against the Lychee Strategic Investment Plan, while looking towards new developments in 2021. The…

Madagascar:

2020, a special year for the lychee harvest campaign

In Madagascar, lychee exporters have been living through the most important eight days of the season since November 13, the opening date for the fruit harvest. The only real unknown: will Western buyers put lychee on the holiday table? Trucks, vans, wagons: a real broom of lychee is currently underway in…

Innovative America’s Cup technology helps kiwifruit industry with picker shortage

Counting croploads of kiwifruit has become easier after the industry introduced technology used in New Zealand’s America’s Cup success in 2017. A combination of skill and…

Rosa Hernandorena, of Viveros Hernandorena:

"Our goal is to be a leading nursery in the cultivation of pomegranates"

Although pomegranates are a minority crop compared to other more widely consumed ones, such as citrus or stone fruit, both the acreage devoted to them as well as the demand have increased worldwide, and there is still potential for more, given the fruit's beneficial properties, which make it a superfood.…

Chinese ginger exports to Europe grew again this season

The export price of Chinese ginger has frequently fluctuated in recent months. The price showed a general rising trend between the beginning of September and National Day [1 October, 2020], but has been relatively stable since then. The current price is quite high, but demand from overseas market is…

Australia's durian season smelling great

Australia's largest durian farm is busy harvesting this year's crop, and according to grower Han Shiong Siah, the season is looking and smelling great. "All of our fruit is…

Demand picking up on imported kiwis

Movement on imported kiwi fruit is picking up as countries move in and out of the market. One New York-based importer says kiwi supplies are largely currently coming from Italy, whose production is slightly down compared to last year thanks in part to a dry summer. “So, we’re feeling a bit of a shortage…

"The French kiwifruit season is looking promising"

Although the health situation is bringing some limitations when it comes to organizing the harvesting and packaging, kiwifruit consumption remains dynamic: “We are still in the middle of a health crisis, but people continue to consume kiwis. This type of fruit is known for its high vitamin C content and…

EdenCoco, from the coconut tree to the consumer's palate

Coconut water with no preservatives or additives

The Brazilian EdenCoco Comercial Importadora e Exportadora has launched a new product in the coconut water market. It consists of a coconut of 400-500 grams, with an average circumference of 38 centimeters and a light brown colour, combined with an extremely accurate but easy-to-open system that keeps…

Carlos Vila, of Kiwi Atlántico: "We hope that sales will remain stable or even increase this year"

Spanish kiwifruit production is expected to grow by around 5%

In early November, the kiwifruit harvest started in the north and northwest of Spain; the area where Kiwi Atlántico, a pioneering company in the introduction of this fruit in the country, has its farms. “The harvest started on the farms where the fruits had already reached the right Brix, as in the…

Organic Chinese ginger is ready for export, and the market is full of energy

The new harvest of Chinese ginger has already been brought in. The first ginger to be harvested has been in storage for a period of 40 days and is now entering the export market in small volumes. Manager Dong, a spokesperson for the Yinuo Company, recently talked about the current conditions in the…

Wax apples require high initial investment and high level of plantation technology

Chinese wax apples from Hainan maintain dominant market position

Wax apple trees can produce two harvests per year, in spring and autumn. This year the production season in Hainan saw excessive rainfall and typhoons. That is why the production volume is expected to decline between now and New Year's. The current supply volume is quite limited, but after New Year, the…

Persimmon orchards increasing in Shangla District - Pakistan

In Pakistan’s Shangla District -Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province- the production of persimmons has increased in Shangla during the last few years. The growing…

'Double Eleven' [11 November] reinvigorates sales

Xiuwen county sold record volume of Chinese kiwi fruit this season

The Guizhou People's Fruit brand sells organic kiwi fruit with the slogan "Guizhou People's Fruit for Guizhou people". When you travel down to Xiuwen county in Guizhou during the kiwi fruit harvest and say 'kiwi fruit', people will immediately respond with 'Guizhou People's Fruit'. That is how strong…

Almost half of La Mancha PDO's saffron production is shipped to the US

7 to 10 days before the end of the saffron harvest in the Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha, the Regulatory Council of the Azafrán de La Mancha Designation of Origin has…

Gebana sees market potential for Greek organic kaki

"Trial delivery was sold out within a very short time"

Our Kakis originate predominantly from Spain. Only small supplementary quantities - for example from Italy or Israel - arrive in the European markets. But Swiss company Gebana has now managed to offer organic Kakis from Greece for the first time. And the resonance with Swiss private households was…

Jean-Marc Boyer, Boyer-Philibon:

"This year it will be difficult to have exotic fruits shipped by plane"

The Boyer company, specialized in the production and export of exotic fruits from the island of Reunion, has just started the campaign of its air-shipped Victoria pineapples and lychees. According to Jean-Marc Boyer, commercial director of the company, this campaign will involve great logistical…

Partnership with London Fruit

Hazel™ for Lime available to the fresh lime industry this month

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for the fresh produce industry to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste…

Kiwi fruit effective and well tolerated in treating chronic constipation

Last week, presentations from the American College of Gastroenterology’s were made during a virtual conference. Data from one presentation showed that kiwi fruit may be an…

Some buyers have switched to fresh ginger sooner than usual

Export price of Chinese ginger is much higher than last year

The export price of Chinese ginger showed an increase before National Day [1 October, 2020] and this trend has continued. Only recently did the price stabilize. The current…

Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture

Innovations needed to boost garlic production in Philippines

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture is pushing for technology-based innovations in garlic production, as the Philippines still…

Greece goes back into lockdown, kiwi sales hopefully unaffected

“The new lockdown will start this Saturday, for three weeks”

Greece is going back into lockdown this Saturday. The town of Thessaloniki was already in a lockdown, but as things are getting worse the restrictions will now be implemented nation-wide. Although the lockdown will definitely have an impact, one exporter is optimistic that their kiwi sales will not…

Trying to stem unauthorised plantings

Zespri considers partnership with Chinese kiwi growers

While New Zealand growers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per hectare to grow the Sun Gold, or G3 kiwifruit variety and Zespri is continuously looking at legal ways to…

UK: Essex grower close to producing exotic fruit

Essex grower Peter Thompson has been given a Special Merit Award from the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, recognising recent trials on expanding his cropping beyond…

Susi Bonet, of Cambayas:

"The drop in the pomegranate production will be most noticeable from November"

The drop in the volume of business in the hotel and restaurant channel has resulted in the market being slow during the month of October, when the pomegranate supply from different producing areas in Spain and other countries in the Mediterranean usually peaks. Despite this, prices are higher than last…

Export volume of Chinese ginger declines, but price remains stable

Fluctuations in the Chinese ginger market have been difficult to predict this year. The export price showed a rising trend for a long period, but after National Day [October 1, 2020], the price began to stabilize, even slightly decline. Traders in the ginger market are careful about the high prices,…

Mexican guava supply and demand picking up

Supply and demand of Mexican guava fruit are increasing.  “Volume at this time of the year is high because production started in Aguascalientes two to three weeks ago,” says Alberto Diaz of Spring Valley Fruits in Pharr, TX. “The quality has been good because this year, we haven’t had hailstorms, so the rain…

Trials to be expanded next year

Ali Curung garlic trials enjoy fast-growing success

Australia's largest garlic producer has teamed up with a remote Northern Territory Indigenous community to grow garlic; the Alekarenge Horticulture farm, about 350 kilometres…

Marsh Foods, Spain

Samphire from the marshes of Isla Cristina is taking over the market

Entrepreneurs Manuel Díaz and Demófilo Vitorique have launched an innovative project to grow marsh samphire in Isla Cristina, in the Spanish province of Huelva: Marsh Foods.…

Bhojpur district growers turn to commercial kiwifruit farming

Bhojpur district growers are taking up commercial kiwi farming as the produces yield handsome income than other traditional farming of potato and maize. Farmers in Bhojpur…

Sophie Ye, KX Food, Belgium

"High ginger prices expected until early 2021"

“After the recent extreme demand for ginger, things have died down a little now. However, that doesn't mean prices are dropping. On the contrary, ginger prices are very high. These high prices are expected to continue until January or February 2021," says Sophie Ye of KX Food in Belgium. "The high prices…

Spike in demand for California dates

Supplies of California dates are solid as the industry approaches the end of harvest. “I don’t predict any type of shortages for dates. It doesn’t mean that sales are down. It just means we’re continuing to plant and get additional crops each year,” says Bob Harrick of Woodspur Farms in Coachella, CA. This…

Chinese domestic demand for garlic is growing stronger

The Chinese garlic price has seen continuous increase in the last two months. The price of fresh garlic doubled from 1 yuan [0.15 USD] to nearly 2 yuan [0.30 USD] per 0.5 kg…

Iran: Growing saffron in a vertical installation

Iran is responsible for most of the global saffron cultivation and they're proud of being the global supplier of what is known as the most expensive spice in the world. Since it's a super expensive product, there's a lot of interest in ways to increase the production or decrease the loss in growing. You…

Piet Schotel on virtual platform where they can get meet exporters

“European importers very interested in Central America”

Almost all trade shows have been canceled. So, there's considerably less chance for Central American companies to present themselves to the European market. The Centre for the Promotion of Imports (CBI) in Europe has, therefore, set up a portal. Here, importers can currently be introduced to six of these…

Peru started its garlic campaign with an 86% increase in exports over 2019

Peru's garlic campaign, which started this month and will last until April 2021, is already showing positive results. In the first fortnight of October, the country exported a…

Transition in Chinese celtuce production areas driving prices down

At present, celtuce in the market mainly comes from Tai'an and Lanling in Shandong. Products from Xianghe, Tianjin, which were still in supply during the mid-season, have by…

Rwandan garlic farmers face losses due to falling prices

According to figures from National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), the Rwanda has over 13,000 garlic farmers grouped in 11 cooperatives, who produce over 3,000…

Council and kiwifruit industry collaborate to control pest plant

A new agreement has confirmed a decade of action against the pest plant wild kiwifruit as part of the efforts to control its spread in the Bay of Plenty. Bay of Plenty…

François Moran, of Tropibana:

"In two weeks, the price of ginger has dropped significantly"

The situation in the Brazilian ginger market is relatively difficult at the moment: "Two weeks ago, prices were very high, reaching 42-43 Euro per package. Currently, sales are carried out at 35 Euro per package. In a very short time, we have seen a reduction of 7-8 Euro per package; a huge difference,"…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori:

"Global ginger shortage is driving prices up"

Current global ginger supplies are limited. That's leading to sky-high prices on the market. "China has little ginger available. Their harvests are more than 20% lower. And…

Start of the green kiwifruit campaign with a high Brix level

"Hayward green kiwifruit volumes are below expectations this year. Yields per hectare are below those of last year due to the adverse climatic factors, especially in spring. Fruit quality is instead very good: we are expecting good grades, although they will not reach the levels of last year. As regards…

Women play a big role at Elisur Organic

"In 5 years we have managed to become one of the top ginger exporters in Peru"

Ginger is a product that has greatly helped in improving the financial situation of several families in the central jungle of Peru, after the region's coffee growers suffered great losses. “It was an alternative for the central jungle, as the coffee production was hit by pests in 2013 and 2014. We didn't…

Tribulations of the gold kiwifruit

New Zealand is the third largest producer of kiwifruit in the world behind China and Italy. Despite the global pandemic, kiwifruit exports have shown no sign of slowing. In…

“Prices for Turkish kiwis should be similar to past seasons”

The Turkish kiwi season is in full swing and demand seems to be strong at the moment. According to one Turkish exporter, the hot weather did lead to slightly smaller sizes than last year. However, as the pandemic is still among us, consumers still look for fruits that are rich in vitamin C. Tumen Tarim…

Spain

Irrigation is allowing the comeback of figs in Murcia

Fig trees have been gaining ground in the Spanish Region of Murcia over the last decade, going from only 88 hectares in 2010 to 112 in 2019. However, the most significant…

Uncertainty about European market

Nerves ahead of big South African litchi crop

The South African Litchi Growers' Association has finalised the crop estimate for the upcoming litchi season, due to start at its usual time of around mid-November. It's looking good: a crop of approximately 5,700 tonnes is expected in this "on year", which is a 30% increase on last year's crop of 4,450…

Chinese garlic market grows stronger

Chinese market price of cold storage garlic remains high

The new garlic production season is in full swing in China. Specialists follow all the developments closely, from the beginning of the production season until the end of the…

US researchers detect sweet spot for kiwi pollination

Plant and Food Research scientists and collaborators from the US have compiled more than 30 years of field-based data from kiwifruit research to create "digital twins" of…

Jörg Sturmberg, Jersa Fruchtimport LLC: 20% increase in sales despite lockdown

"It's only October and garlic stocks are low already"

Garlic was among the products that saw a particular boom in 2020. The health advantages of the foodstuff, which are said to help against the corona virus, among other things, and the capricious weather in Spain have significantly aggravated the market situation. "Garlic is always an interesting product,…

Will Chinese garlic market continue to rise?

Garlic prices recently have been rising to an attractive level. What are the main reasons for this and will prices continue to grow in the future? First of all, since the new…

“We’re changing our harvesting plans according to current weather conditions”

The weather has made harvesting pomegranates in some Turkish regions more difficult. The season already started about two weeks later than normal, but harvesting has been more challenging due to the rainy weather. Volumes and quality seem to be on a satisfactory level though, so one exporter is looking…

Blueberry sales have grown by more than 65,000%

The least consumed fruits in Colombia register the highest growth in exports

Colombian fresh fruit exports have performed well in 2020. Between January and August, they totaled 224 million dollars, i.e. 10% more than in the same period of 2019. Curiously, these figures have been driven by the curious fact that domestic consumers aren't eating much of them. The most notable case…

"Chinese ginger from storage is mainly sold in domestic market"

"Chinese ginger reserves are shrinking"

The ginger production volume greatly declined last season. After months of ginger sales the volume left in storage is dwindling. The ginger reserve is limited and market supply does not meet market demand. That is why the price recently increased. Many overseas importers have reduced their import volume…

Hill Laboratories signs contract with Zespri to ensure kiwi tastiness

Privately-owned analytical lab Hill Laboratories has signed a contract with Zespri, a crucial element in making sure the kiwifruit continue being tasty. Hill Laboratories is…

Francisco Mas, commercial director of Frutas y Hortalizas Mas Serrano:

"The domestic demand for pomegranates is increasing considerably"

This season's Spanish pomegranate production has been reduced by around 30-35% due to the impact of the weather conditions. For now, this lower supply is favorable for the product's marketing. "So far, the campaign is going well. The domestic demand is growing considerably and the main Spanish supermarkets…

California’s fall exotics season underway

As retailers move through the fall season, California’s fall exotics have come into production. Asian Pears Supplies of Asian pears are ample out of San Joaquin Valley, CA. “We work with brown skin varieties and we have both in all sizes,” says Kellee Harris, Western Region Business Director of the…

“Greece will have stronger kiwi volumes this season”

The Greek kiwi season will start at the end of the month. More volumes are expected from Greece, and after a gap between the Southern hemisphere production and the Northern one, demand is currently at a high level. Greek kiwi exporter Mitrosilis is getting ready for the start of their kiwi season, says…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi

“French kiwi quality is thanks to micro-climate and special sorting process”

Exofi is expecting its first French green kiwis in around mid-November. "The kiwis will only be sent once they have a 9% Brix level", says Jan Vermeiren of this Belgian company. "The French kiwis are known for their high Brix value, large sizes, and high quality. It's a true niche product and very…

Spain

Quince harvest expected to fall by up to 50% in Córdoba

The quince harvest started in September in Córdoba, the province with the largest production of this fruit in Spain. This crop is traditionally grown and is important from an…

Pandemic crisis strikes Indian ginger farmers

With only a few weeks left for the ginger harvest, uncertainties in the market triggered by the COVID pandemic are threatening thousands of farmers who cultivate this crop in…

New markets for grapes, citrus, and garlic

Egyptian exports to Arab countries rose by $133 million in June 2020

In June, Egyptian exports to Arab countries hit $830 million, up from $696.9 million in June 2019. On the other hand, Arab countries’ exports to Egypt declined by $333.9…

"Excessive rainfall reduces Chinese ginger production by 20%, but organic production increased by 30%"

The new harvest season of Chinese ginger has already begun. The new harvest is expected to enter the Chinese market in the middle of November, after the ginger has spent 40 days in storage. The overall production volume declined last year, while the outbreak of Covid-19 stimulated market demand for…

Daniel Blanco, commercial director of Mogalla

"We hope that the arrival of the cold will lead to a take-off in the demand for pomegranates"

The Spanish pomegranate campaign is at its peak, with currently slow sales that could improve with the arrival of the cold. Due to the early end of the overseas season, there was a market gap until the entry into production of the Mediterranean countries, which led to higher prices and good demand, but…

North America receives kiwi fruit from New Zealand, Chile, and Italy

Supplies of kiwi are good right now as multiple countries are shipping to the North American market. “We’re steady in our supplies for our customers but generally there seems to be a large amount of fruit coming into the U.S. market specifically. That will trickle into Canada as well,” says Mario…

Guy Lesvenan, Miles Import:

Stable market for almost all types of exotic fruits

In general, the exotic fruit market is fairly quiet from September to November. At the moment, however, the market for most products is generally quite stable. “It all depends on the size of the supply,” explains Guy Lesvenan of Miles Import. High demand for oranges from South Africa“The market is very…

Online Durian Festival (Guangxi) stimulates Sino-Malay durian trade

The 2020 Online Sino-Malay Durian Festival officially opened with a ceremony in the Sino-Malay Tax Free Commercial Center, which is located in Qinzhou port in the pilot Free Trade Zone in Guangxi. The festival began on the 5th of October and lasted until the 8th of October. The sales volume of Malaysian…

Eastern Nepal kiwi growers told not to harvest fruits until fully ripened

Authorities in eastern Nepal have told kiwi growers not to harvest their crops until they are fully ripened. This comes as immature fruits have been flooding the market,…

Chinese pomegranate season is almost over, and market conditions are stable

Some Chinese pomegranate farmers, with a limited understanding of plantation technology, harvested their pomegranates too early last year, which resulted in a confusing mix of poor-quality and top-quality products in the Chinese pomegranate market. This year, however, the market remained quite stable…

US growers hope new kiwifruit varieties will expand sales

Doug Phillips, a grower, shipper and packer in Visalia, California, said the hope is that greater availability of new and different kiwifruit varieties would generate market…

Prices and demand currently low due to flooded markets

Demand for Egyptian pomegranates expected to increase within two weeks

Timing will be essential for Egyptian pomegranate exporters. As the earlier varieties did not have the volume and quality of last year, hopes are the Wonderful variety will make up for that. There is a lot of produce available and the market though, and prices have come down, being only a third of what…

Twenty varieties of organic kiwi berries thrive on the Böchzelt farm

"We see more marketing potential, certainly for farm and organic food stores"

The Austrian harvest of kiwi berries is currently in full swing. The Böchzelt fruit farm in the Marchfeld is going full throttle as well: the medium-sized market fruit farm started organic kiwi berry cultivation a good nine years ago and is currently regarded as an experimental garden for mini kiwis.…

Guatemala supplements volume on Mexican rambutan

Supplies of Mexican rambutan are beginning to wind down. The Mexican rambutan season is a short one—it begins in June and ends right around Thanksgiving. “Right now the…

Focus Fresh LLC doubles annual yield in the cultivation area Antalya

"Little competition for Turkish pomegranates in the second half of the season"

It will be an exciting pomegranate season for Focus Fresh LLC .The Düsseldorf enterprise with Turkish roots is seeing a growing demand for the Turkish Hicaz in the European trade. Therefore, it has substantially extended production at its Antalya subsidiary. "We will probably double our previous year's yield…

"I encounter many people who are surprised that this tropical produce is actually grown here in Australia"

An online retail company providing the unique flavours of South East Asian exotic fruit Down Under

A newly formed tropical fruit online retail company in Sydney is discovering a huge gap in the Australian market for Southeast Asian produce for the growing migrant population, who widely consume the fruits. The Thorny Fruit Co is based in Sydney, with the aim of connecting and educating households and…

European Art of Taste:

The harvest campaign of kiwifruit for 2020/21 production has started in the Northern Hemisphere

The Italian Kiwifruit is one of the focus products of the CSO Italy project - The European Art of Taste – Italian Fruit and Veg Masterpieces. Now in its second year of…

Iranian kiwi exports are resuming

According to the director general of Agrifood Exports Coordination Bureau with the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, the annual four-month ban on kiwi exports expired on…

Coskun Eren on the Turkish pomegranate season

“High demand with lower prices than last year, it seems we are going places this season!”

More volumes, but lower prices and smaller sizes sum up the Turkish pomegranate season according to one exporter. That doesn’t mean the prospects are bad, if anything this exporter is confident they’ll have a successful season ahead of them, focusing mostly on the European and Russian markets. Coskun…

Exports to the EU increased by more than 6% in the previous campaign

Granada accounts for 96% of Andalusian cherimoya acreage

The cherimoya campaign kicked off in Andalusia in September and will last until May. In the region there are 3,030 hectares devoted to the cultivation of this fruit, with 96%…

Lome Super Fruit

Boom in orders for Italian pomegranates

"The 2020/21 pomegranate season is only 40 days old but it has already been a success, with an increase in orders of more than 20% compared to the same period last year. We have started this new season with something new, namely the production of ultra-early varieties, which will allow us to be present…

Oversupply in Chinese jujube market led to slowing sales

The recent sales of winter jujube have slowed down and prices are struggling to pick up. Prices in some markets have remained stable but at a low level. There are a few…

2020 China-Malay Durian Festival opens with official ceremony in Qinzhou

The online 2020 China Malay Durian Festival opened with an official ceremony in Qinzhou, Guangxi, on the 5th of October. The ceremony took place in the experimental free trade…

Fijian ginger exporters at the mercy of growers

Fijian ginger exporters are at the mercy of the nation’s growers as the supply is inconsistent with the demands from the international market. The United Kingdom Trade…

India: Garlic prices climbing due to supply problems

Indian garlic prices have shot up this season compared to prices one month ago. This is due to a supply drop. Excess rains have damaged 30 to 40 per cent of the garlic crop,…

Egyptian grape growers see great demand from Europe

Egyptian grape growers are experiencing  quite a profitable season as the pandemic has raised demand from European importers. Owners of vineyards in Egypt seem to have struck gold…

Chinese coconuts grow in demand as production volume declines

Chinese coconuts from Hainan did not sell well last year. This year, however, the price increased a lot. The retail price of green coconuts in Sanya City is currently around…

US yellow dragon fruit imports from Ecuador have grown significantly

Imports into the U.S. of yellow dragon fruit have begun from Ecuador. “We just got our first shipment earlier this week. But in about a week to 10 days, we’re going to have maybe more than the U.S. market can handle,” says Dennis Sever with Exotic Growers, Inc. in Homestead, FL. “We started importing the…

Demand expected to be high, while prices should remain competitive this season.

"Our pomegranate harvest starts next week"

In certain Turkish regions fruit exporters are getting ready for the upcoming pomegranate season. Their harvest starts next week and one exporter expects competitive prices and high demand for the fruits. The pandemic should hopefully only have a minimal effect on the season, if any at all. Turkish fresh…

'P.D.O Spanish Persimon® expects excellent fruit quality this season'

Growers of P.D.O Spanish Persimon® have seen an increase in fruit quality this year following on the last season, during which a record 5,000 tons were sold in the UK. Rafael Perucho, head of the regulatory council, Kaki de la Ribera del Xúquer, which controls the P.D.O. certification for the fruit,…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"First Turkish figs are always popular"

The first cars of fresh, dried figs from Turkey arrived at Tovano this morning. "The export dates are set by the government to start on September 30, so the drivers drove like crazy to get here," laughs Richard Strijbis. According to the wholesaler, there is always a decent rush for the first figs. "The old…

Laser marking for organic kiwifruit

Dorì organic kiwifruits truly stand out and, as of this year, they each bear the Dorì Organic logo. "This superficial printing system does not damage the flesh, as the laser only marks the peel. We have carried out many tests and all results were positive," explains Giampaolo Dal Pane, President of the…

Spain

Pomegranate cultivation gaining ground in Extremadura

Since the start of the crop's commercial production in Extremadura in 2010 by the company Mogalla, pomegranate cultivation has expanded remarkably in the region. Until then,…

Exports increased by 110% between January and July

Peruvian ginger reaches 14 new markets during the pandemic

Despite the negative effect that the COVID-19 pandemic had on different Peruvian agricultural export sectors (which -between January and July 2020- together registered a 3.9%…

Primland announces the first shipments of Nergis to Vietnam

Primland announces the first shipments of Nergis to Vietnam. This new trade partnership was made possible thanks to the French authorities, who were very involved in negotiating the phytosanitary terms for the opening of this new market. Vietnam and French fruitThis country has a population of more than 100…

Red kiwis on the shelves in ten days' time

A 30% increase in volumes is expected for Jingold. The Italian 2020/21 campaign will see an increase in production with a total of 18,000 estimated tons. According to the…

Ziya Sizgin (UvaFruit Handels LLC) on the start of the season

"Turkish pomegranates have earned themselves a high status in the EU"

The Turkish fruit season has entered in its second half: figs and stone fruits are now off the market, while citrus and pomegranates are increasingly coming onto the market. More than anything else, pomegranates and Easy Peelers from Turkey are seeing a rising popularity in the European trade, says Ziya…


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