Exotic fruit and vegetables

Spain: Micontur to decide whether kakis will be exported to China

The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (Mincotur) will finally choose between almonds or kakis as the next food product for which procedures will start to try…

Price of Hangzhou spring bamboo goes up

The price of spring bamboo in the market of Hangzhou showed a slight upward trend in the last two days. The purchase price of spring bamboo this week increased by 5 yuan [0.74…

AU: Central Queensland lychee grower sends first shipment to United States

A Queensland lychee grower is hoping this year's supply to the United States, will be the start of an ongoing pathway. Lush Lychees is a family farm owned by Paul and Krystal Caton, and was part of the Australian Lychee industry's pilot program exploring new markets, for the first time. "As we are a new supplier, we had to…

Market demand exceeds supply

China: "Satisfactory ending to organic red heart dragon fruit season"

"Our dragon fruit enters the market every year in July, provided that the weather conditions are regular. The supply season continues until December. Looking back on the production season in 2018, we can say that our dragon fruit production volume increased in comparison with the previous season and the…

Chinese pomelo exports are changing direction

"Pomelo is our main fruit export to Europe. It is gaining more ground in the European and Russian markets and our export volume increases year by year, though this year the export conditions have changed a little." As Ms. Vickie Lin from Bona Industry (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. explains: “ Thanks to good weather…

China: Zhangzhou winter jujuba exports to South America for the first time

208 boxes of Zhangzhou winter jujuba were sold to Chile after passing the quarantine inspection of Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province. This is the first time that Hebei Juzhou…

Avocado: the catastrophic 2018 scenario cannot happen again this year

“What we experienced in 2018, we hope never to see again,” explains Gabriel Burunat, president of the company Commercial Fruits. “We had an unpleasant surprise during the summer season which led to very low prices on the products from South Africa and Peru.” The two or three previous seasons had been…

Italy: Kiwi prices remain low

Massimo Ceradini from Kingfruit in Verona confirms that kiwi prices are still not very profitable this year. "We sell 90% of the produce abroad and we noticed prices are not high. We work a lot, but there is little margin. We are in competition with Greece, Turkey and Iran, so it is not easy." Ceradini stresses that, every year, there are more and…

APEAM

Historic avocado harvest two weeks away from the Super Bowl

The second week of shipments of avocados for the Super Bowl LIII has just ended. Exporters are sending more than 1,300 trucks per week to the US market for this event, i.e. one truck every 6 minutes. During week two, we broke harvest and export records. According to the Integrated Avocado Harvest System (SICOA), we…

Ecuador: Organic passion fruit to assist those affected by the earthquake

The Tierra Organica company has planted certified organic passion fruit for export in the province of Manabi to help producers who were affected by the earthquake that hit this area in April 2016. The passion fruit planted is a wild variety from Ecuador, which is very tasty and is more resistant to pests…

Baby Kiwi imports into the US about to commence

Imports of Baby Kiwi, or Kiwiberry, from the Southern Hemisphere into the US are about to commence for the year. Coosemans LA Shipping are bringing in the fruit from New Zealand and also possibly Chile. These will be available from the middle of February for about six to eight weeks. "New Zealand Baby Kiwi will be…

Turkish kiwi producers adopt a direct sales model

Yusuf Uzunlar, head of Ordu's Kiwi Producers Association said that producers will be able to sell their products without intermediaries. Ordu, a city in northern Turkey, comes second in…

Revitalization of Jamaican ginger industry

Jamaica: Building strong relationships with big and small producers in order to create a 'ginger hub'

In the 1960’s and 70’s, Jamaica was one of the top three producers of ginger in the world, but by the 1990’s the production in the island faced significant challenges with the discovery of the ginger rhizome rot. Since the early 2,000’s methods and techniques have been implemented with the help of the…

Intent to combat labour shortages

NZ Kiwifruit Growers to appoint labour coordinator

NZ Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI) is creating a new role of labour coordinator as it envisages another seasonal labour shortage this year. In 2018, the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit…

“Qingyang day lily planting area is huge and the market supply is sufficient”

In China the day lily is consumed as vegetable. They prepare it by cooking it, because it is not eaten raw. It is a more popular vegetable for the winter days in the north of China, when it is used as vegetable in the stewpot. The day lily is distributed over the Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hubei, Jiangxi and Inner…

Mexican figs about to hit peak

Imported figs are starting to move into greater supplies. “Figs from Mexico started off about a month ago and it started slow but now we’re getting into higher volumes. There’s better weather in the growing regions and it has improved conditions for volume. So a lot of our trees are producing a lot more figs at this time,” says Andrew Amodeo…

Sichuan province in China: Kiwifruit paves the road to prosperity

A video story presented by China.org.cn on villagers making money by planting new Kiwifruit varieties with the support of local government and technological assistance of…

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Garlic could reduce risk of disease by combatting inflammation

The US has the dubious distinction of having the highest obesity rate in the world. Obesity is a condition that carries many health risks, including in many cases chronic…

From Italian orchards

MSC provides solutions to transport gold kiwi to China

Italy is the world’s second largest producer of kiwi’s. That is the reason why MSC has been very active in this sector, assisting  producers and shippers in transporting the product…

50% of China's avocado imports come from Chile

According to information provided by ProChile, China has become the ninth largest importer of avocados in the world, with purchases that amounted to USD $107 million in 2017. Chile supplied 50% of the shipments, and if we take into account the market of Hong Kong, it supplied 55% of the avocado. In a recent LUN report,…

Spain: New wave of avocado thefts

In the first two weeks of January, some 30,000 kilos of avocados are estimated to have been stolen in the region of La Axarquía, the main producing area of ​​this tropical fruit in the province. The fruit has attracted the attention of thieves due to the good prices paid for it in the market. Large-sized…

According to Crecex

Costa Rica: Mexican avocado imports should have never been prohibited

The ban on avocado imports is being handled obscurely by the Government and it should have never been prohibited, said Jose Manuel Quirce, the president of Crecex. Quirce gave his support…

Spain: La Palma betting on prickly pear cultivation

The Council of Agriculture of the Council of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, remains committed to boosting the cultivation of prickly pear. Consequently, it will maintain the…

Rambutan has not managed to take off in Peru

Rambutan arrived in Peru in the year 2000 and since then, despite various attempts, it has not managed to grow in the country despite its many qualities that make it…

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Mexico: Overland shipments of avocados looking normal - so far

This season is very important for the avocado industry thanks to the Super Bowl, a moment in which the sector exports the most fruits to the US. According to estimates, Mexico will export around 120,000 tons of avocado for this date. It is important to note that Michoacan is the only state that is certified by the…

Interview to Marino Silva, Zespri's Italy Market Manager

Zespri System: the operating model that supports kiwi production

In order to take stock of the 2018 southern hemisphere kiwi campaign and the expectations for the 2018/19 season in the northern hemisphere, FreshPlaza interviewed Marino Silva, Zespri’s Italy Market Manager. Marino Silva With regard to the decreased Italian kiwi production, the manager confirms, “Climatic conditions reduced the expected volumes…

Peruvian avocado exports continue to soar

Avocado shipments abroad don't stop and amounted to US $720,745,000 between January and November, presenting a 22.7% increase that allowed this product to lead the agroindustrial sector and become the country's eighth most important export product, stated the Association of Exporters (ADEX). They also stated that, even though shipments…

"Ocean fruit" trending in west Chinese market

Tropical fruit was a rare sight in Lanzhou a few years ago. The product variety was limited and the prices were high. This put many potential consumers off the idea. Now,…

Healthy eating resolutions could fuel pick up in date sales

With new diet and healthy eating resolutions well underway, it’s anticipated that dates will see a pick up in sales with the start of the New Year. “Dates had strong holiday movement and that movement continues into diet season,” says Ben Antongiovanni (pictured right) of Pure Palm Produce based in Bakersfield, Ca. “They’re…

Nigerian ginger farming

In its Zero Oil Plan, the Nigerian Export Promotion Commission had identified ginger as one of the 12 strategic products with high financial value, possibly replacing oil in the future. Other products with high…

The Avocado Show makes documentary about avocados

The Avocado Show has collaborated with Nozem Films to make this documentary. It was shot in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and South Africa. "After one year and quite a few flights, we can now finally share this 13-minute-long video full of with you", say the creators.

The concerns of Maurizio Filippi of Fruitimprese

Kiwis: Italy caught between New Zealand and Greece

The Italian green kiwi is right in the middle of a ‘cross-fire’: on one hand, the New Zealand produce is showing incredible results thanks to the monopoly regime and an aggressive marketing strategy that aims at excellence; on the other hand, Greece is carrying out a ‘low-price’ strategy. Maurizio…

Mexico: Avocado production in Tamaulipas will be promoted

The harvest will be promoted in five municipalities of Tamaulipas, announced Esteban Ruiz Lozoya, the state leader of the Emiliano Zapata organization. To this end, they conducted scientific and…

Management Biotropic GmbH visits cultivation projects in Costa Rica and Dominican Republic

"Quality organic bananas in good quantities are currently available"

The plant manager of BioTropic Duisburg, Sascha Suler, visited their cultivation projects in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in December 2018, in order to get an idea of ​​the local conditions. The first call was to San Jose in Costa Rica, from where BioTropic employees Sascha Suler, agricultural…

“Lychees: consumption stops dead despite a good campaign start”

According to a specialist in the sector, “the first two weeks of the campaign went really well, with the highest volumes sold for Christmas. Both packages sold well, the lychees from Madagascar in 4.4 lbs and 12 lbs.” And although a decline in volumes is normal after the holiday season, this beginning of…

First batch of Greek kiwi fruits arrive in China

Even though China is a large kiwi fruit production country itself, it also imports kiwi fruit from other countries like Italy and Greece." On the first of January a new batch of Greek kiwi fruits arrived. It is the first batch in this season and the quality looks very good. We import the green Hayward…

Chinese import policy changes

Some agricultural export products from Vietnam encounter difficulty in China

Most large exporters of agricultural products from Vietnam have their eyes set on the Chinese market. However, the Chinese import policy is changing and the requirements for…

Malaysia plans to increase durian exports to China

The Chinese market demand for durians is rapidly growing and the fruit has become one of Malaysia's most import exports to China. Malaysia encourages the large-scale…

Costa Rica and Mexico: The avocado dispute is becoming more serious

The first case against Costa Rica at the World Trade Organization (WTO) has taken new momentum with the creation of a special investigative group that will scrutinize the…

Mexico: Colima promotes a coconut palm that is 20 times more productive

The State's Plant Health Committee announced that the state of Colima was promoting the conversion of coconut palms to a variety that produces 20 times more than the original. The president of this Committee, Martell Martinez, said that the palms that Colima has are very old, even though a palm can produce fruits for…

Guizhou Specialty Kiwifruit enters Canada for the first time

On December 30, 2018, the North American Guizhou Chamber of Commerce and CANADA VAN6 VENTURES INC. held a ceremony in the Natureway Farm Market in Vancouver to welcome the export of Guizhou specialty "7 Bu Gou" ecological kiwi fruit to Canada and the Greater Vancouver area. "7 Bu Gou" Kiwifruit entered Canada for the first time…

Airfreight exotics, specialism on niche market

Exotics are a niche market, but airfreight exotics are a niche within a niche. Yet this is the specialism of Torres Tropical from Barendrecht, the Netherlands. “Eighty per cent of what we do is air cargo,” says Marcel van Rooijen. That transport is expensive, but also results in advantages. Papaya is one of the exotics showing…

Kumquat and limequat: small exotics

Within the citrus category, the kumquat and limequat are in a separate class. The small citrus is invariably classed as exotic. That is partially thanks to the availability of the fruit. Production volumes are limited, but Patrick Stoffels of Gaia Herbs has the exotics in his range. He talks about the…

Avocado consumption and cultivation grows throughout the world

Avocado is widely consumed in Central American countries, and its consumption has also increased throughout the rest of the world. As consumption increases, so does the demand, prices, and the area cultivated, which has had a 4% annual growth rate during the last 10 years. According to an analysis by Marcelo Muñoz, of…

Mexico expects to export 120 tons of avocado to the USA for Super Bowl

The US will consume about 120 thousand tons of avocados from Michoacan during the National Football League's (NFL) semifinal matches and Super Bowl. This, according to the president of the…

Spain: "Obtaining a PGI for La Palma's avocado is our biggest goal"

The president of the Palmera Association of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (Aspa), Miguel Martin, believes that 2019 is the year in which "we must start working to obtain the Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) for the avocados of La Palma." A PGI serves to certify that a product comes from a…

”December has been a trying month for the exotic fruit market”

On the exotic fruit market, December was a relatively good month. However, the ‘yellow vests’ protests did pose some problems. “The yellow vests disrupted wholesale markets and supermarket chains. As a result, our customers didn’t have much of a holiday spirit,” explains Stéphane des Roziers, who works…

Heavy snowfall in Greece, could lead to higher kiwi volumes

Greece suddenly has to deal with major snowfall. Although this could be a bad thing for many growers of various fruits and veggies, for Zeus the snow couldn’t have come at a better time. The harvesting of the kiwis has been over for quite some time, but the cold temperature means the company has a great…

How is the avocado market developing in China?

At the end of October there was a  strike in Mexico. Mexican avocado producers blocked the roads as they protested against the prices they got for their avocados. "Many growers were unhappy with the prices and they compared the market price of the USA with the orchard’s price of the avocado paid to the growers.…

Spain: Windfall avocados sell for up to five times less

The wind storms of the first half of December damaged half of the avocado harvest in the Costa Tropical. The producers then tried to estimate the extent of the losses and hoped that part of the production could be saved. They already knew at that time that the avocados could not be sold as first class,…

CSO Italy: Italian kiwi production did not meet expectations in 2018

The 2018 Italian green kiwi production quantification by CSO Italy has now ended. The production did not meet expectations, especially because of exceptionally adverse climate conditions which negatively affected the pre-harvesting fall phase. The total green kiwi marketable production – destined to the fresh produce…

Poor avocado market puts pressure on Calavo Growers' results

The fourth quarter of the 2018 financial year was not good for Calavo Growers. Prices were under pressure for a large part of the quarter. This was reflected in this…

Noakhali Science and Technology University research

Black garlic now in Bangladesh

Thanks to the research of Subodh Kumar Sarkar of Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU), black garlic can now be produced in Bangladesh. It is widely used for health reasons. Subodh, along with Jin…

This resource rich Central Asian country wants Indian mangoes

With the bilateral trade between India and Kazakhstan touching more than one billion US dollars, the two countries are keen on expanding their trade basket and are exploring…

Baja California Sur

Mexico: Agronomist looks for new fig production techniques

Carlos Perez Soto, an Agricultural Engineer of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS), conducted an experiment to find new fig production techniques for the…

Prime Tropics, Guatemala:

"We expect to produce 20% more rambutan next season"

"We are getting ready for next year's season, which will last from April to September. Our goal is to extend the season and have volume available up until November. We have more than 140,000 rambutan trees planted at different altitudes and our production and exports have grown every year. For next…

Guillermo González: "Now that Europe is familiar with Canary papayas, the demand is increasing"

"Papayas could become as popular as mangoes or avocados"

After 30 years of experience in the cultivation of papayas, three Canary producers decided to stop resorting to local cooperatives for the marketing of papayas and to carry out this task themselves, creating the Sweet Papaya brand. Its plantations are located in the north of Tenerife, which has very…

Jeroen van Groenewegen:

“You don’t have to be a chef to work with exotics”

Demand for exotics increases as we head for the holidays, but carambola, purple mangosteen and rambutan really stand out. Demand for these exotics has grown rapidly in recent years. Mike Looije, salesman of purple mangosteen and rambutan, among other products, and Jeroen van Groenewegen, brand manager…

Spain: Avocado prices rise and more theft cases are denounced

The price of avocados of the Hass variety, the most common in the province of Malaga, continues to rise. This is especially the case for the large sizes, which reach between…

Mexico: Four Michoacan municipalities declared free of avocado pests

The municipalities of Gabriel Zamora, Churumuco, Ocampo and Angangueo, in Michoacán, have been declared free of avocado pests, reports the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural…

Peru: "We will reduce mango exports by 20%"

"Last year, Peru's production was spectacularly high and the country exported the largest volume of mango in its history. Unfortunately, the result was that the market was flooded and prices collapsed. We perceived the lowest market prices in our history, and it was difficult to explain to producers the…

China: "Sales of figs stable"

"This year's fig production season in Sichuan began in July and concluded in November. Looking back on this year we see that the sales conditions remained stable. The average retail price is at the same level as it was last year." This is according to Tang Yong of Children's Figs. Figs Fig plantation Figs "The overall production volume is slightly smaller than last year, because of extreme weather conditions this year. At the same time,…

Molecular Nutrition and Food Research:

Study shows mangoes help fight constipation

A new report fingers the mango as a good fruit for cleansing the body. The modern diets people use to cleanse their insides are often about fighting constipation and restoring…

Italian Kiwi: the 2018/2019 export to South Korea has started

The Ministry of Agrarian Politics has just given the green light for exporting kiwis to South Korea. The official announcement was sent by CSO Italy a few days ago. The…

Fig market looks to organics for growth

The fig market is looking to expand and the key to that growth may just be in organics. “It’s a really popular commodity, especially in organics,” says Erik Herman of The Specialty Crop Company in Madera, Ca. “I don’t have enough organics to meet demand. So we’re converting a lot to organics to fill that demand in…

Yam and ginger exports already underway

Nigeria to launch agressive plan unlocking agricultural potential

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, praised Nigeria’s yam and ginger exports. Ogbeh spoke in Abuja on Thursday at the Africa International…

Yuca imports see slightly slower demand

Supplies of imported yuca are solid and pricing is steady. “While the supplies of yuca are strong, the quality has been suffering,” says Dana Morales of Cattleya Imports LLC. in Houston, Tex. “We source specifically from Costa Rica and they’ve had a lot of rainfall. Their rainy season was really strong this year…

Yannick Aerts, Fruit At Work

Red kiwi is a great success despite limited volume

This week the Zonhovense fruit trader Fruit At Work has red kiwis in their assortment. The red kiwis are from Zespri and come from Italy. "The availability of the red kiwi was very limited. There was only one pallet available for us," says Yannick Aerts of Fruit At Work. "Last year the numbers supplied…

Costa Rica: WTO will investigate restrictions on Mexican avocado

The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to create a special group to investigate Costa Rica's restrictions on the avocados from Mexico. The WTO agreed to study the dispute after Mexico…

National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness

Costa Rica opposes lifting restrictions on Mexican Hass avocado

The National Chamber of Agriculture and Agroindustry (CNAA) opposed the request made by six other trade institutions to lift import restrictions on the Mexican Hass avocado. The conditions…

Iranian & Australian research:

Pomegranates reduce obesity risks

According to a study, published in the Journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice , pomegranate reduces the risk of complications linked to obesity. A team of…

New Zealand: Ngāti Hine people invest in kiwifruit orchards

Ngāti Hine are a part of the Māori people in Northland, New Zealand. Members of this tribe or iwi , are set to benefit as the iwi works to build its asset base by exploring…

SunGold kiwi plantings

Zespri sues for $70m over trademark breach in China

Zespri has gone to court regarding kiwifruit orchards, illegally planted in China. It has told the High Court in Auckland the plants were illegally supplied to China by a…

The losses could exceed 1.2 million Euro

Winds cause half of the avocados in Granada's Costa Tropical to fall

The windstorms that have hit the Costa Tropical in recent days, with gusts that have reached up to 90 kilometers per hour, has had negative consequences for producers in the region. Almost half of the avocado harvest that was almost ready to be picked has been lost, with a cost for the sector that could…

Deforestation in Chile, violence in Mexico

Irish chef will stop serving avocados

The renowned Irish chef JP McMahon, awarded with a Michelin star, will stop serving avocados in his dishes to avoid contributing to the violence in Mexico. This is one of the…

Major supplier on tourist island Usedom finds new specialties

"Snake fruit and Thai mangoes are currently selling very well"

The Christmas period is usually one of the most important months of the year for the major suppliers in the domestic tourist areas. On the island of Usedom, many winter tourists are welcomed. Specialized fruit wholesaler, Insel, prepares itself for the approaching Christmas business, with tropical fruits…

Masseria Fruttirossi

Italy: Specialising in pomegranates with the Lome Super Fruit brand

Michele De Lisi is the administrator of Masseira Fruttirossi, the large agri-food plant located in Puglia, near Taranto. He observed, “In Italy, the current pomegranate season has been characterised by adverse climatic conditions which prevented producers to reach the qualitative and quantitative levels…

Excellent results in both production and quality

Spain: Company growing avocados in area with adverse conditions

The Almeria-based company Ecoculture Biosciences has achieved excellent results in terms of production and quality with avocado crops planted in an area with very adverse…

Passionfruit - a challenging prospect for Florida growers

December is one of the months when Florida-grown passionfruit are available in the US. Although the fruit does grow year round, commercial production rotates between Florida and California throughout the year.  "We have passionfruit available at the moment," shared Bob Petrucci of Fresh Gardens in Homestead Florida. "It is…

New markets, like India and Peru, are opening.

"Kaki prices are good, but don't reflect the 50% drop in the production"

Due to the persistent rainfall during the current season, kaki producers have been forced to start the harvest at least a week earlier. The harvest of Rojo Brillante kakis in Spain's main producing areas will consequently be finished in ten or twelve days. According to Pascual Prats, president of the Spanish Kaki Association,…

US importer announces fifth year of expanded Spanish fruit imports

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), importer and distributor of citrus, grapes, and avocados, has announced the expansion of its Spanish imports to include lemons, clementines, and…

Moving towards an all year round offer of avocados

Camposol seeks to expand its geographical presence to ensure the supply of avocados also in the Peruvian counter season. Alibaba names Camposol its strategic partner for avocados and blueberries. Camposol closed the 2018 season of Hass avocados with an exported volume of more than 44,000 tons. Also this year, as in the 2017…

Labour co-ordinator role may alleviate kiwifruit labour shortage

New role may alleviate kiwifruit labour shortage

The New Zealand kiwifruit growers' association says it has gained support from the government’s Provincial Growth Fund and the Ministry of Social Development to employ a…

Investigation into ‘illegal’ garlic imports into South Africa

An oversupply of garlic on local markets is currently dragging down producer prices. As a result, both the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and independent agency, Agri…

"We extract our pomegranate arils manually 365 days a year"

Pomegranates are relatively popular in India, but maybe even more so their arils. Due to them being perishable by nature, they are heavily influenced by the climate and the type of packaging. Fortunately for exporting company Santosh Exports they also take care of the packaging of their pomegranate…

Gastronomy suppliers in German-speaking countries start the Christmas season

High demand for cut goods and exotics during the Advent season

As every year in December, there is much to do among the greengrocers. Especially for suppliers of gastronomy, the rising sales and this year's trends are noticeable. This is because canteens and restaurants are always eager to present beautiful eye-catchers on their Christmas tables. Outdoor specialties from own…

Price is realistic

China: Taizhou winter bamboo enters market early

An employee of the Lianhua Supermarket in Tiazhou explained that the winter bamboo comes from production areas in Zhangzhou, Fujian. The first winter bamboo has just entered…

Lychees: high quality, low quantity

On Réunion island, the first lychees have made their appearance on the markets, along with the other fruits of the season, like the mango. Last year had not been a favorable year for…

Bangladesh ambassador: 'We should export more products to China'

Commercial Counsellor of the Bangladesh embassy in China, Mahfuzul Alam Khan, recently stated that Bangladesh can earn a lot of money by exporting different agricultural…

Turkey: New initiative to export avocados

Gazipasa's special climate allows farmers to grow 17 types of tropical fruits, such as avocado, lychee, longan, passion fruit, dragon fruit and mango. While banana and avocado  already grown in large gardens, other fruits are still in trial stages. In a total area of 170 hectares, farmers harvest 850 tons…

New Chair for AgriFutures Ginger Program advisory panel

Australian ginger industry gains a fresh perspective

The appointment of Nicole Christodoulou as the new AgriFutures Ginger Program advisory panel Chair is a welcome decision and a sign of what’s to come for the burgeoning…

Italy: Expectations for the kiwi market

"In September, various organisations overestimated the green kiwi production. Due to decay in Piedmont and Veneto as well as to the weather, the increase compared to a normal year will be of only 5%. In the meantime, the leading global player extended its sales for one month keeping prices high and with…

Pressure on the price of high caliber avocados

European Avocado Supply For the past 15 days, the shipments of avocados from Chile have been decreasing, while the volumes from Spain and Israel have been increasing. “Generally speaking, the increase of shipments from the Mediterranean makes up for the decline from Chile,” explains Sébastien Morlet of…

China: “White yams in short supply for many years”

"Compared to other crops, white yams take a greater toll on the planting environment, especially the soil. It must be white earth and the same land cannot be planted more than twice. After harvesting, it will take 5 to 6 years before it can be planted again. The production cost is higher. Therefore, the…

India: Lack of export market thwarts kiwi growers in Arunachal Pradesh

The farmers of West Kameng district of Western Arunachal, which tops the kiwi production in the region, are craving for export market to sell their fruit products. Lack of an…

Special time of year for jicama production

Jicama production in Mexico is entering a special time of the year. Growers say this is the time of year of that is known as the 'water' jicama season. This is when fresh jicama are harvested and they have just begun to mature and while the skin is still relatively soft. Arturo Padilla of US-based…

Peru: ProHass will promote avocados in China next year

The Association of Hass Avocado Producers and Exporters from Peru (ProHass) plans to carry out a promotional campaign in China next year. This was indicated by the manager of ProHass, Arturo…

Honduras will export rambutan to Bolivia and Spain

Honduras plans to export rambutan to new markets such as Bolivia and Spain, the authorities of the National Agri-Food Development Program (Pronagro) stated. The director of that institution, Erick…

Hamburg importer starts pomegranate season with stronger brand presence

Don Limón is currently preparing for the upcoming season of Indian pomegranates. The Hamburg-based importer is starting the new campaign with much confidence and increased expectations. As the latest marketing measure, the company has designed special Don Limón Brand Boxes for its pomegranates. Brand presence The preparation…

California's challenging persimmon season draws to a close

The California fresh persimmon season is all but finished for the year. Growers have reported a challenging year, with reduced a fruit set and a market that has been unkind to them. It did not help that this year was the bottom end of the cycle for the alternate-bearing crop, but growers said the reduced…

Silvia Madrueño, of Eurofresh:

"We believe in the potential of avocados in Europe"

The Spanish Hass avocado campaign has already started, with greater volumes and lower prices compared to last year, but above all, marked by the 'yellow vest' protests in France. "We are dealing with serious difficulties in delivering avocado orders to our customers in Europe," says Silvia Madrueño, Head…

Specialized wholesalers welcome the first Sicilian blood oranges of the season

"Smaller yield, but better quality and bigger fruit"

The Advent season is truly citrus time. All the important growing areas of Southern Europe are currently bringing their clementines and oranges to the market. Blood oranges are usually marketed very quickly around Christmas time. On Sicily, this year's harvest started this week. According to specialized…

World Avocado Organisation sets the record straight: UK sales not declining

“There were reports this week that avocados were on the decline in the UK and a handful of cafes were cited to have removed the world’s favourite superfood from their menu in line with concerns around water consumption and land concerns.” The World Avocado Organization is delighted to clarify that this…

New Zealand primary industries exports forecast to grow to $44.3 billion

Horticulture export revenues are forecast to rise 12 percent for the year ending June 2019 to $6.0 billion. Kiwifruit revenue is forecast to rise 21 percent over this period,…

Hirich Khalaf:

“Ripening process very advanced, but major differences between regions and growers”

The ultimate example of ripened fruit is the banana, but in recent years, the supply of ready-to-eat fruit has increased. Mangoes and avocados are two of the most important exotics that are offered ripened most often. Roughly 15 years ago, no one had heard of ripened exotics. Have we mastered ripening?…

Persimmon market continues to grow

Lisan van Koppen of Jaguar The Fresh Company can sum up the Spanish persimmon and citrus season in two words: small sizes. There’s naturally a more nuanced image behind these two words. She talks about the delayed harvest, the growing market for persimmons and the early tangerines that are being pushed…

3.9 million euro in funding towards various growers

Greek kiwi grower lands huge investment from EU

Happy days for the kiwi growers in Greece, as they’ve gotten approval for a long operational program. The EU was accepting applications from various producer organizations, and Zeus was one of the companies that took advantage. Christina Manosis, export manager for Zeus, was delighted that her company got approved for…

To avoid saturation

Peru: “We must have greater control of avocado volumes going to certain markets"

The avocado has an undisputed leadership in Peruvian agricultural exports: shipments up until September of this year surpass the US $700 million and there are many projects to increase the areas of cultivation. However, months ago, there was a significant drop in prices in Europe, the main destination of the Peruvian…

USDA GAIN report

Chile: Nearly 30% of all avocado production is destined for domestic market

At the moment, one would be hard-pressed to think of a more popular fruit than avocado. For Chile, its versatility and availability throughout the year makes it a staple food. As such, nearly thirty percent of all the Chilean avocado production is destined to the domestic market. While there are many…

Large supply & dip in exports pull down Indian garlic prices to record low

Across India, rising supplies and falling exports have dragged garlic prices to a five-year low. At the Neemuch market in Madhya Pradesh, prices tumbled to as low as ₹250…

Daniel Badger - Jacana Produce

UK: Short supply creates "incredible" demand for sweet potatoes

At the end of October, Jacana Produce were waiting for their first arrival of US sweet potatoes. Expectations were for a good quality product to land in a very strong market and this seems to have been the case. “The first containers arrived mid-November and we were hoping to be getting around 5 a week by now.…

The Dorì kiwi is very successful in Hong Kong supermarkets

In Asia, the availability of the Dorì yellow kiwi is now a fact. Last week, the president of Dorì Europe, Giampaolo Dal Pane, participated in several events in Hong Kong supermarkets. Previously, he personally went to check the pallets loaded with produce delivered at the distribution centre. Dal Pane explains, “It is amazing to…

Honduras: Memorandum to improve the rambutan chain signed

The Rainforest Alliance, Inc., CAHOVA Project of SOCODEVI and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to boost and help improve the competitiveness of the Rambutan chain, an exotic fruit that is produced in the country. As of the signing of this Memorandum, these entities…

The Italian 'Sweeki' kiwi season launch in Malaysia

The Italian Sweeki kiwi season was launched in an event organized in Kuala Lumpur by the Consortium Origine Group in cooperation with the importer Euro-Atlantic. Around 80 people attended the event, among them Malaysian buyers, both of retailers and wholesale market. The Italian Ambassador in Malaysia…

Australia’s own garlic from Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island’s Shane Leahy has set himself the goal to ensure South Australians have a better chance of consuming locally grown garlic. His firm, Kangaroo Island Fresh…

Azerbaijan expects to increase pomegranate production

According to the Head of the Association of Pomegranate Manufacturers and Exporters, Farhad Garashov, Azerbaijan is expected to increase the production and export of…

Vietnam vegetable exports reach US$ 3.5 billion in 11 months

Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export value hit US$ 3.5 billion in the first 11 months of 2018, up 11.6 percent year-on-year, said the Agro Processing and Market Development…

Prices too low for second consecutive season

Spain: Producers in Castellon uprooting their kaki fields

Castellon's love story with kakis is starting to come to an end. The fruit's cultivation grew in recent years with the search for alternatives to citrus, but two very bad consecutive campaigns have already caused many to uproot their farms to abandon the activity or return to oranges and mandarins. Those walking around…

Honduran fruit - access to 12 new markets

The head of Agricultural Market Access of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Cesar Noe Pino, stated on Saturday that Honduran fruits had accessed 12 new markets,…

China: Jiaxing places 550 million yuan order for Shaanxi Zhouzhi kiwi fruit

Zhouzhi kiwi fruit from Xi'an, Shaanxi, organised special promotional activities in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, on November 29th. On that day they managed to reel in a sales deal for…

Rwandan farmers alarmed by disease ravaging mango crops

Farmers in Rwamagana District have expressed concern over a disease outbreak that has attacked their mango plants. Sooty Mould is a disease, recognisable by the presence of a…

New fresh Bahri date season set to increase output

Desert Fruit Namibia is one of only a handful of known producers of Fresh Bahri Dates in the Southern Hemisphere and these dates, while relatively unknown in Europe and the…

Deakin University checks medicinal aspects of mangosteen rind

Tropical fruit may help bipolar patients

Researchers from Geelong, Australia, are trying to confirm the potential benefits of a tropical fruit for sufferers of bipolar disorder. A clinical trial is underway to find…

José Linares, president of the Spanish Association of Tropical Producers

Spain: "Drop of avocado prices due to South African and Peruvian oversupply in Europe"

The price at origin of Spanish avocados has dropped to one third of that reached a year ago, mainly due to the oversupply caused by the entry into Europe of production from South Africa and Peru early in the season. This was reported by the president of the Spanish Association of Tropical Producers, José Linares, while…

China: New durian varieties enter market

Durian is known as the king of fruit in Southeast Asia. Musang King, with its superior flavor, small production volume, and high price is indeed the king among kings. Durian Sukang and Durian Dalit Many fans travel to Malaysia to find exotic durians, but now it is not the Musang King. This time they are looking for something even more expensive and…

Yellow Vests: "Products from the Reunion Island still get on planes, but the situation is not easy"

Boyer produces and exports fruit and vegetables of the Philibon brand. Much of their exotic fruit comes from Reunion Island, where the movement of the yellow vests continues to rage. Jean-Marc Boyer, sales director of Boyer, says the situation is not easy. "Fortunately, the products still get on the…

Now Sungold variety sales are taking off

Zespri looks at North America for kiwifruit orchards

North America is set to be Zespri's next kiwifruit growing territory as consumer demand there soars for its Sungold variety. Chief executive Dan Mathieson said Sungold sales jumped 32 per cent this year in the US and Canada. Trials are underway to grow the fruit locally to meet demand in what is becoming a major…

USDA GAIN report

Mexican avocado exports to US remain strong in 2018/19

Mexican Hass avocado production is forecast at 1.9 million metric tons (MMT) or more for marketing year (MY) 2018/2019. Overall production is expected to be good as weather…


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