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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Aartsenfruit Asia

China: "We have seen a growing demand for avocados and blueberries"

Aartsenfruit Asia is a part of the Aartsenfruit Group, even though their location is in Asia instead of Europe, they always maintain the same levels of professionalism, structure and strategy as Aartsenfruit Europe. Their main strategy is to handle everything that is fresh. They call that NonStopFresh, which means…

Upsurge in durian plantation

Malaysia aims for Chinese market expansion

Reuters News Agency reported on November 27th that the Chinese market demand for durians has reached unprecedented proportions. Malaysia plans to make durian its next big export product and is currently expanding the surface area devoted to durian plantation by hundreds of hectares. The news article further stated that…

Spain: Galician kiwifruit in cold rooms, ready to be marketed

Kiwifruit cultivation started in O Salnés in the early nineties, and the fruit has consolidated as a complementary crop for dozens of agricultural producers. In fact, the main…

Taiwanese red dragon fruit popular in Vietnam

Although dragon fruit imported from Taiwan into Vietnam is 6 to 8 times more expensive, it is still gaining popularity with consumers to the extent that supply cannot meet…

New biological control for kiwifruit disease

Kiwifruit growers can now access a new tool to help them combat the bacterial disease Psa – the biocontrol product AureoGold™. AureoGold™, developed by Plant & Food Research in collaboration…

"Figs are emerging as a successful crop"

Mexico holds a national fig production training day

"Figs are emerging as a highly successful crop in Mexico due to the growing demand for them abroad and because of the technological packages that make them very profitable." This was highlighted during the national fig production training day; a remarkable event where more than 294 participants from Aguascalientes, Colima, Zacatecas,…

Peru exported 2,360 tons of mangoes up until week 46

According to the Association of Producers and Exporters of Peruvian Mango (APEM), Peru exported 2,360 tons of fresh mango from the beginning of the 2018/2019 campaign through…

Mexico takes Costa Rica to the WTO to settle the avocado conflict

The Government of Costa Rica stated that Mexico had requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) to form a panel to settle a dispute over restrictions on the importation of Mexican avocados. The Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica stated that Mexico had exhausted the stage of bilateral consultations, in which…

Fungi causing kiwifruit diseases identified by Chinese scientists

Chinese scientists say they have a breakthrough in identifying plant diseases that are frustrating attempts by farmers to grow kiwifruit to meet the huge domestic and global…

Asian eggplant production entering steady period

Production of Asian eggplant in Central America and Mexico is entering a more stable time of the year. Although both Honduras and Mexico produce the eggplant variety all year…

Start of third South African lychee season for US importer

As the end of November approaches, there are not many choices for buyers looking for lychees in the US. That will change shortly as the southern hemisphere season begins. One US importer of specialty fruits is about to begin their third South African lychee season. "We are two weeks away from starting our South African…

15 thousand tons pre-ordered

Zhouzhi kiwi fruit invades Nanjing market

Promotional teams entered the Nanjing market with special events to spread awareness of the Zhouzhi kiwi fruit. Their activities included a showcase of development and…

Ecuador exports red pitahaya to the USA

Pro Ecuador reported that the Laia Margarita company, based in the province of Manabi (Pacific coast), made its first export of red pitahaya to the United States. Ramon Martinez, the representative of the exporting company, said that the red pitahaya was already being sent to Italy and France. They have also exported…

Madagascar: Start of lychee season

The 2018-2019 lychee season has officially begun in Madagascar, in the regions of Atsinanana and Analanjirofo. This season looks promising according to the Horticultural…

But vacancies remain

New Zealand kiwifruit industry welcomes more workers

The kiwifruit industry welcomes more Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers for next season, but must still work hard to attract the rest of the required workforce, said…

Brazilian relative of the humble tomato is a true 'star'

The thorny, spikey Solanum kollastrum might look somewhat evil by plant standards, but a closer look at this curious new species will place it within its ecosystem. Recently described in open access journal PhytoKeys , this newly discovered  of the tomato has stems, densely armed with prickles of up to 17 mm long…

Christmas initiative

Spain: Mollar pomegranates reach the homes of Valencians living overseas

In the framework of a Christmas initiative, the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Granada Mollar de Elche will ship this pomegranate variety to people from the Region of…

Colombia predicts passion fruit production will increase by 12%

According to the Colombian Federation of Passion Flower Growers (Fedepasifloras), the area devoted to growing passion flowers (fruit) was estimated at ​​21,164 hectares for…

Japanese persimmons to go on sale in Australia for the first time

Following a regulatory change earlier this year, persimmons grown in Japan will go on sale in Australia this month for the first time, the Sydney office of the Japan External Trade Organization has stated. In January, the Australian government relaxed quarantine conditions that had required persimmons grown in Japan…

Good Spanish mango season after delayed start

With a delay of several weeks the Spanish mango harvest started in October. Soon the harvest of avocados will start too. Both tropical fruits are grown in Malaga, southern Spain. Juan Antonio Reyes Gutiérrez of Reyes Gutiérrez expects a good season for both products. “Reyes Gutiérrez, besides being one of the biggest importers in…

First reports of post harvest rot in Greek kiwis

Actinidia deliciosa , the dominant kiwi species, is an important crop in northern Greece. In 2016, the total production was 182,589 tons and the total harvested area was 7,710…

California pomegranate exports performing well this season

As the California pomegranate harvest draws to a close, suppliers have noted the greater proportion of larger sized fruit compared with previous years. Volumes were reported as variable across California, but on balance seemed to be close to the average. "We finished our pomegranate harvest less than two weeks ago,"…

Quandong surges from native Australian fruit to highly consumed delicacy

Quandongs are one of the fastest growing additions to the Australian native fruit industry, according to grower and ethnobotanist Neville Bonney, who says it has grown in popularity over the past decade. Traditionally eaten by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years, Neville says the fruit has similarities to a…

Seth Wannemuehler's quest:

University of Minnesota tries to big up the kiwiberry

Seth Wannemuehler, University of Minnesota researcher, wants to make the kiwiberry Minnesota’s next big fruit. The green berries, closely related to  the kiwi, are however hairless, approximately the size of a ping pong ball and ready to pop in your mouth, similar to a grape. But according to Wannemuehler, the kiwiberry’ taste…

Israeli company supplies avocados year-round

Lior Gal, the head of international trade at Galilee Export, sources avocado from all over the world for the Israeli export company. This is Galilee Export’s main product. “We supply avocados for twelve months of the year. I source them from Kenya, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and Peru and I bring them to…

Creation of the Compañía Aguacatera del Sur

Spain: "We want to work only with the biggest avocado producers"

A new company specialized in the importation of avocados has just been founded in Malaga, the province that accounts for most of the production and marketing of this fruit in Spain and Europe. The Compañía Aguacatera del Sur is formed by entrepreneurs with experience in the sale of avocados, as well as…

Demand from Europe increases

Brazil: Early start for Brazilian fig season

“We have started the season a little early this year, about 15 days before our normal start. This 2018/2019 season looks promising, as the quality of our figs is good, the sizes and colour is good. In addition, the market situation is favourable. There is a shortage in the market so far, so the prices…

Peter Hobert (BUD Holland):

"Fig market grows generically"

The Brazilian fig season has started at BUD Holland. "The prospects are fine, although the season is just now getting going," says Peter Hobert. BUD Holland has been working with Euroconte in Brazil for over 40 years. The Brazilian powder free figs are mainly carried under the brand Batia, with Manaca as the second brand. "Hard work has…

Kiwis grown on Dutch soil

It sounds unbelievable but it's true. Kiwis grown on Dutch soil. Djûke van der Maat of cultivation company Nieuw Maatslag has proven that it's possible. The innovative farmer from Bunnik harvested these beautiful fruits for the second year in a row. Inspiration from New Zealand Djûke was inspired in New Zealand: "I visited various apple grower…

Peru: 2018, the worst year for Hass avocado exports

Peruvian exports of Hass avocados in this year's campaign amounted to 335,601 tons, i.e. 47% higher than the 228,956 tons shipped in the campaign of 2017, said the general manager of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru (ProHass), Arturo Medina Castro. Despite this growth in volume, he said, 2018 is…

Russian cucumber and gherkin production up by 14%

The total production of cucumbers and gherkins in Russia has grown by 14%, from 1.70 million tons to 1.94 million tons, as reported by RBC, citing data from the "Analysis of…

Keisie Valley Gooseberries wants to change perceptions of the fruit

Goldenberries are the real superfood, says South African producer with big European plans

When William Pulles bought a farm in the Keisie Valley, near Montagu in the Klein-Karoo, with an eye on fodder supply for his ostriches, he found something quite different: the Cape goldenberry or physalis. He has now become the only farmer in South Africa with a sole focus on Cape goldenberries (known…

Drought in India casts shadow on pomegranate exports from Pune

Pomegranate farmers in the Indian state of Maharashtra are staring at difficult times as drought has cast a shadow on more than 50 per cent of the orchards. All India…

Mexico: Producers and authorities want a designation of origin for Michoacan's avocado

Producers, legislators and representatives of the three levels of government will seek to establish the denomination of origin for the avocado of Michoacan. The denomination of origin…

Spain: Good prospects for Huelva's avocado campaign

Avocado cultivation is rapidly expanding in the province of Huelva. In 2017, there were only 25 hectares devoted to this fruit, and this year, Onubafruit Group's cooperative…

Peru prepares a training program to boost avocado exports

The National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA) announced that it would train 30 Technical Assistance Providers (TAP) to boost the production of avocado of small…

A lot of trade in citrus, avocado, grapes and quinoa

India and Peru to discuss FTA in New Delhi next month

With bilateral trade between India and the Peru touching an all-time high of $1.60 billion, the next round of talks for a free trade agreement between the two countries will…

China: Price of wax gourds increased

The price of wax gourds showed an increasing trend last week. The main reason for this development is the small volume of wax gourds on the market. The category of wax gourds…

Brazil authorizes entry of Peruvian pomegranates

After two years of diplomatic efforts and negotiations, Brazil has authorized the entry of Peruvian pomegranate into its territory, which opens a new market for this Peruvian…

Strengthening production

Costa Rica: Avocado producers and Government prepare National Avocado Plan

The national avocados producers and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) formulated the National Avocado Plan to update the information regarding the plantations in…

The Ruby Red variety can be grown in the open ground

Spain: Pitaya cultivation gaining ground in Malaga

Originally from America, the pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is a tropical fruit that is expanding very quickly in La Axarquía, in Malaga, where local producers are making…

China: Pomelo price drops by over 60%

Pomelos occupy an important position in the market now that we are entering the dry winter season, because this delicious fruit helps to reduce internal heat. The price of…

California bitter melon still on the move

The bitter melon season is still going…for now. “Right now we’re almost out of season on bitter melon. It’s starting to come in from Mexico. But our product is still selling okay because…

Kiwilife, production and commercialization of Portuguese kiwis

“Sales will start when the Greek kiwifruit is out of the market”

"We started harvesting last week and we will continue until the end of November. The expectations are that Portugal as a country will have about the same amount of kiwis like last year. Our growers have had some damage caused by a big storm on October 8, resulting in lower production. However, the…

The Association of Producers and Packers/Exporters of Avocados of Mexico (APEAM)

"We have been able to reconcile the parts that make up this great industry"

"The situation has been resolved. After some intense talks, the militant producers have decided to end their protests. The harvests are resuming normally as of today." The…

Colombian exotic fruits for European markets

The supply of exotic products is increasingly widespread in markets around the world, especially in Europe, where they are highly appreciated and well-known. As a result, Colombia is increasing its exports of exotic fruits, such as Physalis, Gulupa, or Passion Fruit. One of the companies devoted to exporting exotic fruit to the world…

Zespri extending its season of SunGold kiwifruit

Zespri said its consumer campaign, “A Real Snack, for Real Life” and consumer sweepstake livened up their brand and encouraged consumers to go to their local retail store…

Easy peel avocado launched in the UK

It’s one of the messiest and potentially dangerous kitchen chores – slicing and scooping out the flesh from an avocado. But at last help is at hand – Tesco is exclusively launching the world’s first ever avocado that easily pulls away from its skin once cut in half. The fruit, EasyAvo, is grown in South Africa and…

Indian pomegranate exports likely to run into trade roadblocks

With a bumper Indian pomegranate season in full swing, around 85,000 tons are expected to be exported during the 2018-19 season. However, several countries -including Europe,…

Turkey: Fig exports have surpassed 300 million USD

AK Party Aydin Senator Mustafa Savas: “Turkey’s fig exports have already surpassed 300 million USD despite lower production due to climate conditions. Normally the annual production projection was around 120,000 tons but due to bad weather, production volume was only around 80,000 tons. However the…

Mexico: Avocado producers on strike due to lower prices

A large group of avocado producers in Michoacan, Mexico, have decided to go on strike because they consider that they are being paid unfair prices for their fruits, and have blamed packers and exporters for this. These producers consider that the sector hasn't taken their claims into account, so they…

Ecuador can export tree tomatoes to the United States

The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will allow the importation of tree tomatoes from Ecuador to the United States. USDA-APHIS modified its regulations to allow the…

Good expectations for the export of fresh soursop from Ecuador

Expectations for fresh soursop exports have grown and become very positive in a short time, in fact, Ecuadorian marketers are already preparing to make test shipments at the end of November. The most important export markets for soursop in Ecuador are the countries of the European Union and Asia, and, even though this fruit isn't…

NZ: Kiwifruit orchards being sold, Seeka selling $16 million worth of orchards

New Zealand‘s largest kiwifruit producer, Seeka, has agreed to sell five Northland kiwifruit orchards for nearly $16 million. Seeka said the agreements include the purchasers…

Persimmon drying season in Japan: What a view

One can't argue about the great view during the Japanese persimmon drying season. It's quite mesmerizing! Click for a bigger picture .

2M is specialised in exotic fruits

Italy: Fresh pineapples from the DR thanks to air transportation

Air transportation is the best solution for shipping high-quality pineapples. Basically, the pineapples ripen on the plant. Within 2-3 days, they are already on the market shelves. This is the policy of the 2M Exotic Fruits company that markets the Anana brand. The referent Luca Bernardini, “We have a great experience in this…

French kiwis back on Canadian markets from November

Photo Report: Visit to French kiwi and kiwi berry growers

The French kiwi season started this month. “The French kiwi is a high quality product. Consumers like it a lot”, according to Adeline Gachein of B.I.K. (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Kiwi), the national interest organization of the kiwi sector. After apples, kiwis are France’s most exported…

Colombia: "We are increasing gulupa exports for Christmas"

"Christmas is probably the best time of the year for the consumption of exotic fruits. In fact, we are increasing our exports by sea to meet the expected increase in demand. We have an ongoing gulupa season. We can produce gulupa all year round because Colombia has different temperature areas," said…

Ghana: Mango farmers unhappy with treatment by Exim Bank

More than 200 mango farmers from all ten regions of Ghana are calling on their government to urgently conduct an investigation into the conduct of the Exim Bank. They claim it…

Harvesting season for Turkish pomegranates ending, weather has caused issues

The pomegranate harvesting season in Turkey is coming to an end, after having started about ten days early. Although the volumes are good, the climate is worrying and causing some issues with the quality of the produce. Luckily for Hakan Ilkkutlu, who works for export company Ileri Tarim, this only…

Reunion Island: expansion of the Victoria pineapple

On Wednesday, the county council adopted a measure to promote the export of the Victoria pineapple. This follows on from the concerns raised by farmers in July during the…

Trade Export Promotion Agency:

More international demand for produce from Saint Lucia

Trade Export Promotion Agency ‘TEPA’ has stated there is a significant increase in international demand for agricultural produce from Saint Lucia. To meet that demand, TEPA…

Mexico: The avocado from Michoacan could miss the Super Bowl

The avocado from Michoacan could be left out of the 53rd edition of the Super Bowl, which will be held on February 3, 2019, due to a small group of avocado producers from the…

Australia: Mango season North Queensland 2018

A steady supply of quality mangoes is expected this season; the harvest gets underway in North Queensland. Growers in the Burdekin and Bowen regions started picking this week,…

Navi Mumbai APMC: Alphonso makes early entry

The season’s first set of Alphonso mangoes, reaching the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in Navi Mumbai months before the mango season usually starts, was sold for nearly ₹3,000 a dozen (€36.-) this Monday. Some believe the early yield is the result of climate change. “This year, it rained relatively less,…

China claims intent to buy more from Cambodia

China has stated it will endeavour to increase the volume of products it imports from Cambodia. In a meeting last week with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, the…

Honduras: Okra sales will generate US $45 million

According to German Perez, a representative of exporters, international sales of okra cultivated in the southern zone of Honduras will generate 45 million dollars, with the…

Americans enjoy Honduran organic rambutan

Americans can now taste the exquisite organic rambutan harvested in Honduran lands, as Honduras has now exported its first container of organic rambutan to the United States…

Exportagri, Costa Rica

The cassava is a healthy and nostalgic alternative to potato

Consumers prefer the cassava from Costa Rica due to its excellent quality and the great trajectory that it has in the markets. The country's geographical position, especially for the North-Atlantic region, creates the optimal conditions to grow this tuber and gives it a quality that is not usually…

Demand is good

Pakistan markets full of seasonal pomegranates

With the arrival of the winter season, a mass of pomegranates have flooded the markets of Islamabad (the nation’s capital) and the adjacent city of Rawalpindi, collectively…

Nepal: Fruit prices increase as Tihar festival kicks off

With the festival of Tihar underway, fruit prices are  continuing to rise at major Nepalese wholesale markets in Kalimati, Balkhu and Kuleshwor. This is primarily due to rising transportation charges. Fruits such as banana and pomegranate have become costlier over a month. The wholesale price of banana has increased by…

Indonesian plane delayed because of durian fruit

At Bengkulu in Sumatra, a Sriwijaya Air flight was delayed for an hour after passengers protested over of the smell of durian inside the passenger cabin. In some Asian…

Vietnam: Mekong farmers switching to more profitable crops

The Crop Production Department from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated that in 2018, rice farmers in the southern Vietnamese province switched 68,019 hectares of less productive land to more profitable crops. Mekong delta farmers quit the rice cultivation on 62,233 hectares of land, in order…

Man in kiwifruit smuggling case named

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri now claims that Opotiki grower Haoyu Gao, who it accuses of smuggling highly valuable kiwi gold fruit plants to China, may have also taken them to…

Visit also intended to iron out trade disputes

Kenyan president in China to sign avocado deal

Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to sign an avocado export deal during his visit in China. He is there to attend the first China International Import Expo (CIIE).…

Peru: "We want to know what phytosanitary requirements our avocado did not meet to reach Asia"

Peruvian agricultural exporters analyzed their participation as suppliers of avocado in the world after the low price obtained by this fruit in the international markets in the last campaign. Agraria.pe spoke with the president of Agrícola y Ganadera Chavin de Huantar, Mario Salazar, who said that the high production reached…

Peru: Figs consolidated as an export product

The National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) reported that exports of fresh figs, a product that was shipped to the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, England, Canada, and the…

Peru: Custard apple and soursop exports already exceed last year's export volume

According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and September of this year, Peru exported 205,166 kilos of fresh custard apples and soursop for an FOB value of US…

The Colombian avocado is the main competitor of the Mexican product in US

Colombia is emerging as the main competitor to Mexico in the United States Hass avocado market; despite this, the country is negotiating to open the Mexican market to its…

China: Shaanxi kiwi fruit market prospects continue to look good

The Shaanxi Province Fruit Bureau announced that the price of kiwi fruit continues to rise as it has done in the last 5 years. The market prospects look good. It is the…


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