Exotic fruit and vegetables

Zespri™ rebrands with “Make your health irresistible" campaign

After 22 years, Zespri™ has decided to undergo a rebrand to better reflect the company’s purpose: to contribute to the prosperity of people, communities, and the environment…

Susan Lewis – Murray Bros

Australian kiwifruit season in full swing as first NZ fruit starts to arrive

The Australian kiwifruit season is in full swing, with the majority of the fruit coming from Victoria. Alongside the Australian fruit is the early New Zealand kiwifruit, which arrived a couple of weeks ago. Creating the colour offering, there is Zespri SunGold which has reached the Australian market, and…

"The production season of Chinese loquat is almost over and the price is rather low"

Loquats from Suzhou currently enter the Chinese market in large volumes, but the production season is almost over. Mr. Rao Zhenghua of Suzhou City Wuzhong District Dongshan Longzhen Agricultural Products Co., Ltd. recently shared his analysis of current conditions in the Chinese loquat industry: "The…

Chilean kiwi exports to Europe and the Middle East increase

According to the latest Crop Report of the Chilean Kiwi Committee, up until week 20 of 2020 total exports amounted to 60,623 tons, i.e. 12% less than in the same period of the previous year. Europe is the main market with 25,148 tons and a 43% increase over the same period of 2019. The growth in…

Guizhou province - Southwest China Francesco Alessi

Liupanshui city hopes to become top commercial center for kiwi fruit via E-commerce

Liupanshui, a city in mountainous Guizhou province in Southwest China, used to rely on coal power, raw materials and traditional industries for development. It has…

Automatically sleeving kiwis with cardboard punnet and sleeve

Introducing a solution to pack kiwis without plastic

Whether kiwis are being packed in clamshells or in sustainable paper punnets, the JASA Sleever processes it all automatically. In today’s tight workforce environment, it seems that automating the sleeving step would be a no brainer. The user friendly JASA Sleever automatically sleeves the containers with…

"The harvest season of Chinese kiwi berries starts early this year"

Kiwi berries have become more and more popular in the Chinese market in recent years but it is still a minority fruit. The kiwi berry is rich in nutrients and has a unique appearance. This year's harvest season is about to begin and Mr. Fan Jinming of Chengdu Future Agrow Co., Ltd. recently shared his…

Fewer vacation opportunities might increase popularity of tropical produce in retail this summer

With COVID-19 and local social distancing restrictions, summer this year may feel a bit different. In order to help understand consumer sentiment and how it may impact the…

Scott Ledger explains benefits in an interview

The benefits of temperature monitoring in fresh produce supply chains

Ensuring consistent quality of fresh produce on arrival at export market retail stores is important to all export supply chains. Scott Ledger, Export and Quality Manager with…

"Pitaya gains a foothold in the Chinese market"

"Hainan enjoys first year of abundant pitaya harvest"

The pitaya, also known as 'swallow nest fruit', is one of the rarer fruits in the Chinese market. This cactus fruit originates in South America. The pitaya is related to the red dragon fruit, but has sharp thorns and a yellow fruit peel. The Chinese market previously relied on import for pitaya supply,…

Gertrude Snoei

Serbia selling more apples to the UK and Middle East and less to Russia

EastFruit analysts say that Serbia continues to actively diversify its fresh apple markets. While five years ago, almost the entire production of Serbian apples was sold on…

Kiwifruit packhouses in lockdown change ways of working

Fully operational packhouses and social distancing aren't exactly easy bedfellows. But ripening kiwifruit couldn't wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to be over, and packhouses…

Demand increases during California fig season

Vertical Food’s California fig crop is right around the corner and harvesting begins the first week of June. “Our Breba Black Mission crop harvest is starting early compared to last year, but the crop is lighter,” says Casey Hollnagel of Vertical Foods in Reedley, CA. “This allows us to better keep up…

Peruvian pomegranate exports plummeted in April

Peruvian pomegranate exports had a significant reduction during the month of April 2020. According to Fresh Fruit data, the 10,089 tons sold in that period represent a 33%…

Half a ton of nopales for Mexicans in Madrid

The 500 kg of nopales that Jose Casado Rebollar, a producer of Mexican origin, made available to the Mexican community in Madrid sold out in a few hours. Casado grows these…

Waxberry on-year this year

Greenhouse waxberries from Cixi, China becoming available

This month, the market price of waxberries dropped significantly compared with the last. An important reason for this is that waxberries from Cixi have been trickling into the…

"Ruby pomegranates are expected to enter the Chinese market later than usual"

"The first pomegranate trees in Sichuan production areas are already bearing fruit. However, the weather conditions were not great when the trees were in blossom, and so the product quality is not that great this year. Furthermore, the pomegranates are expected to enter the Chinese market one week later…

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Agriculture Secretary in Philippines acknowledges garlic and onion shortage

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary William Dar told senators that there is a shortage of onions and garlic in the Philippines. He added that the country is trying to boost its…

Origine Group sales grow with Italian kiwis

Orgine Group has completed the Italian kiwifruit season with a significant advance on with last year. A season with a strong increase in sales, even though split in two by the Coronavirus pandemic. “We have sold 3,300 tons of Italian kiwis on the foreign markets, with an increase of 49% on the last…

Radovan Smokon

Garlic shortage hits, a side-effect of the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID pandemic has helped create a shortage of aromatic garlic bulbs at the stores. Shelter-in-place orders are the main reason shoppers may be finding no garlic,…

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New Zealand: Rising rates hit Ōpōtiki orchardists hardest

Owners of high value kiwifruit orchards in the eastern Bay of Plenty will be the biggest rates losers in the coming year, forking out an extra $10,000. While the average…

Brendon Lee - Mpac

Mpac builds 13,000m2 to kiwifruit cold store for additional crop

Mpac - Mount Pack and Cool is a privately owned company which was formed in 2009 and has grown significantly since then, when it first started it was packing around 2 million trays of kiwifruit, these days the company packs over 12 million trays. “In 2018 we built a new post-harvest facility for…

"Large volumes of Guangdong lychee will enter the market this month putting pressure on price"

The lychee production volume was quite small last year because weather conditions were not favorable during the blossom season. Furthermore, the production volume declined significantly in comparison with the previous year when lychee trees enjoyed abundant harvests. This year the conditions are very…

Sucharas Wongpeth

Australian study reveals cost of wasted food in cold chain

A new government and industry-sponsored study has revealed that food waste attributable to failures in the cold food chain costs the Australian economy nearly $4 billion at…

Grower unveils online retail store at virtual United Fresh show

The timing of the dragon fruit season and this year’s United Fresh LIVE! show couldn’t be better for one grower and distributor. “We are expecting our dragon fruit season to begin in Mexico by the end of May, which will be a perfect opportunity for us to display the crop during the show,” says Jonas…

"More Chinese consumers become familiar with pepino fruit"

The pepino is a relatively novel and characteristic fruit in the Chinese market. The fruit is considered a minor fruit and the overall surface area devoted to pepino plantation is relatively small. At the moment only production areas in Yunnan and Gansu grow pepino. Bi Xiaoyan of Minqin County New East…

Rouxan Jansen van Rensburg – Core Fruit

High demand for passionfruit as new South African cultivar makes its export debut

A new passionfruit cultivar called Silesia, bred in White River, Mpumalanga Province, delivers better tonnages with more pulp, better eating quality, good skin colour and better size, says Rouxan Jansen van Rensburg from Core Fruit. “Last year we did a huge amount of samples, for most of our clients, to…

Pricing up somewhat

Less Chilean kiwi fruit shipped to the US this season

Supplies of kiwi from Chile are good though not as ample perhaps as normal. “Normally Chile gets going with kiwi in late-March to early April and by the time we get to early May, the market settles in,” says Roland Berndt of Sierra Produce based in Orange, CA. “This year has been different. The market…

The expansion of COVID-19 in the US could jeopardize more than 20,000 tons of Mexican rambutan

The spread of the coronavirus in the United States and the possible decrease in the demand for exotic fruits could compromise the export of more than 20,000 tons of rambutan produced in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Victor Hugo Perez Saldaña, of Exotics and Agriculture, stated that 80% of all of the…

Chinese traders rush to pre-order Thai durian

Chinese demand for Thai durian not affected by pandemic

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Chinese market demand for Thai durian remains as strong as ever. Even the outbreak of COVID-19 did not diminish durian demand. Large…

Spain

Malaga strengthens its European leadership in the production of exotics with the introduction of longan

The region of La Axarquía, in Malaga, is now the only area in Europe where Dimocarpus longan or longan, also known as dragon's eye, is grown. This exotic fruit, of Asian origin, has been introduced in Europe by the prestigious Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (ISHM), which already…

Good quality but challenging market for the pineapple industry

The United States receives the majority of their pineapple supplies from Costa Rica, with Mexico coming in second and other Latin American countries such as Panama and Ecuador supplying small volumes. In the past weeks the quality has been good, though the market has been experiencing difficulties due to…

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Trinidad & Tobago: Health Ministry warns of contaminated ginger

Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are being warned of contaminated ginger being sold in local markets. In a statement issued May 10, 2020, the Ministry of Health said it has…

Chilean kiwi exports focus on Europe

Chile's kiwi harvests are coming to an end. The Chilean Kiwi Committee stated in its latest Crop Report that the harvest in the north-central zone, between Aconcagua and O'Higgins, is practically finished and that the harvest in the central south part, from Maule to the south, has only one week left on…

University of Florida Irina Evstafyeva

US scientists help national team breed better pomegranates

How special are pomegranates? One of the most popular varieties is literally called ‘Wonderful.’ Scientists all over the US, including researchers at the University of…

Simon Thomas

Imported garlic to enter Indonesian markets this month

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, said about 78,000 tons of imported garlic will enter the domestic markets this month to meet the demand and…

South Africa’s third kiwi export season gratifies with good arrivals

There has been a keen interest in South Africa’s entry into kiwifruit exports, and the third season of sending South African yellow kiwis to Europe, the Middle East and the Far East is now concluding and they’re looking back at a gratifying season, says Peter Turner of Variety Innovation, license holder…

Peruvian pomegranates reached 39 countries in March

During the month of March 2020, Peruvian pomegranate exports reached 14,785 tons, a similar volume to that dispatched in the same period of 2019 (14,689) with a slight…

Lychee prices declining in China

In China, lychee cultivation is mainly found in Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Fujian, and Sichuan, with Guangdong and Guangxi being the largest in terms of dedicated acreages. This year, with May still…

Greek competition affects Italian kiwifruit quotations

"The Italian kiwifruit season is ending on a positive note when it comes to demand, with prices higher than in February and March. Unfortunately, however, it is not enough to compensate for the problems caused by the Greek produce sold at lower prices during the first part of the season. Greek…

Michael Franks - Seeka

“It’s been a tough run for the SunGold harvest but the post-harvest teams have pushed through"

The New Zealand kiwifruit harvest has faced challenges this season due to the restrictions put in place due Covid-19, but the SunGold harvest is nearing completion and the focus is now turning to the Hayward harvest. “It’s been a tough run for the SunGold harvest but the post-harvest teams have pushed…

Christina Manossis on the Greek kiwi season

"We anticipate better sales results for the Greek kiwis"

The Greek kiwi season has been doing quite well, despite the circumstances and one particular exporter is already setting its sights on next season. After aiming for a new production record, the exporter now intends to enter the market in Thailand. Sales for Greek kiwis are expected to be better than…

As bumper season is predicted

New Zealand kiwifruit companies criticized for taking Covid-19 wage subsidy

As the industry is expecting a record harvest and exports doubled in March compared to last year, New Zealand kiwifruit companies that have claimed the government wage subsidy…

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Spanish kiwifruit sales increased by 30% since the start of the crisis

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, kiwifruit sales from the main Spanish company in the sector, the Galician Kiwi Atlántico, have increased by 30%. Normally, the production - whose harvest came to a close in November - is enough to supply the domestic market until mid-June, but this time, it…

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Russia: Price of ginger has gone down again

Some time ago, the Federal Anti-monopoly service of the Russian Federation stated that a conspiracy of traders speculating with ginger was prevented. This meant that in many…

Rambutan hopes to see ginger/turmeric-like boost in demand

As the imported rambutan season gears up, questions remain around what demand might look like once the fruit arrives in the marketplace. Marc Holbik of Miami, Fl.-based Ecoripe Tropicals notes that the company launches its 2020 rambutan season from Guatemala in the first week of May. “The trees had above…

Hennie Bisschoff - Wegro

Spike in pineapple demand but growing exports nipped in the bud by lockdown

Pineapples have been on the mind of South African consumers recently: over three weeks, since the Covid-19 lockdown, sales have briskly increased at the Johannesburg fresh produce market. During this period volumes rebounced after hail and sunburn damage as well as low summer rainfall depressed summer…

FreshPlaza Global Focus Melon / Kiwifruit

FreshPlaza will be focusing on melons and kiwifruit in our May Global Focus. There are many new challenges facing exporters and importers in this strange new world. The New Zealand kiwifruit season has started and kiwis are already arriving in the markets, as is production from other Southern Hemisphere…

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'One string of five garlic bulbs cost around $1.43 on average; 29% more year-on-year

US retailers are experiencing garlic shortages and prices are spiking during the COVID-19 shutdowns. Some growers say the pandemic was the final nudge on a row of dominos that…

Andrew Douglas - Cape Produce

First new season hot house persimmons sent to Thailand

Last week Cape Produce New Zealand started the new season export of hot house persimmons to Asia, despite the obvious challenges the fruit has been very received. “We started export into Asia last week with the first shipments into Thailand,” said Andrew Douglas. “This is our focus market where we have…

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New Zealand exports hit new high in March 2020 – partly driven by kiwifruit

According to a release from Stats NZ, New Zealand exports have hit a new high in March 2020, partly driven by kiwifruit. The value of total goods exports rose $215 million…

Australia: SPC goes for pomegranates with PomLife acquisition

One of Australia’s largest fruit processors, SPC, is plunging into the world of pomegranates after acquiring superfood brand PomLife. This company -over the course of 12…

Market report by Tridge

Expected decrease in harvest of Chilean kiwifruit while prices remain stable

Despite a slight decrease in the estimated export volume of 150K metric tons, most of its exporting markets including Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Russia are planning on increasing their imports in 2020 marketing season. Chilean kiwifruits in peak harvest seasonKiwifruits in Chile are harvested from…

Growers from Maharashtra witnessing unprecedented losses

India: After longer monsoons, grape and pomegranate growers now hit by lockdown

In the wake of the lockdown imposed across India, the grape and pomegranate farmers from Maharashtra are witnessing unprecedented losses. Sangli is the second largest district…

Chinese market price of kiwi fruit is coming down

After a number of fluctuations, the price of Xuxiang kiwi fruit from Shaanxi production areas is now showing a downward trend. The sales period of Hayward kiwi fruit is also coming to an end. Manager Yang of Shaanxi Peng Shengda Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. recently talked about the market…

Chinese ginger supply is significantly smaller than last year

The Chinese market supply is significantly smaller than last year as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent imposition of isolation measures in February and…

Harvest and demand updates for mangoes: The Philippines, South Africa, Mexico, India

Mango harvest in the Philippines and India is expected to continue at a high volume while South Africa and Mexico are seeing lower production levels according to a report by Tridge. Import volumes have been increasing in the US, China, and East Asia as more customers consume mangoes. However, border…

Due to transportation bottlenecks Aumada Yuenwong

Exotic fruits scarcer and more expensive in India

Exotics like dragon fruit, kiwi and blueberries have become scarce and costlier owing to bottlenecks in ports and roads transportation. Importers said the weakening rupee has…

Simon Derrick - Blue Skies

Sales of fresh-cut fruit picking up again

“We are fortunate that the majority of our business across Europe is with grocery retailers and not with food service – which has been especially hard hit. Just before the lock down we did gain a major new food service customer but that has been put on hold for the moment,” said Simon Derrick from Blue…

Early varieties available in the market

Lychee production from Hainan back to normal

The first lychees from Hainan became available in early April. In the coming weeks, along with the advancement of the production season in Hainan, crops from other production areas such as Guangdong and Guangxi will also gradually become available. “The current supply from Hainan mainly consists of early…

Tridge report

Malaysian durians stuck in a limbo as the coronavirus hits the market

Tridge, a global sourcing and market intelligence hub for food buyers and suppliers, has reported that over the past few years, the global appetite for durians have soared,…

Christian Sturmberg, JERSA Fruchtimport GmbH:

"There is definitely a sense of shortages in the garlic market"

Garlic has always been known as a natural remedy with antibiotic effects and has recently even been associated with a possible cure for the corona virus. Accordingly, the product is booming in the German retail trade - and so there have been periods in recent weeks when orders have been difficult to cover.…

Proto states they've had an exceptional kiwi season

"We’re confident that Greek kiwi quantities could reach 300,000 tons next year”

The Greek kiwi season is not as bothered by the world pandemic as some other sectors within the fruit and vegetable trade. The Greeks have produced more kiwis than ever before, and business has continued even after the Greek government announced extra measures to fight the virus. Greek kiwi exporter…

Ana Marcela Armas, manager of Pimanfruit, from Ecuador:

"Europe is one of the most important markets for our pitahayas"

The Ecuadorian fruit and vegetable company Pimanfruit, which is based in Quito (Ecuador), is dedicated to the production and marketing of red and yellow pitahaya, tree tomato,…

Chile's Kiwi Committee

"Having fruit that has good storage capacity is key to face possible market flow slowdowns"

The latest Crop Report of the Chilean Kiwi Committee, prepared by Decofrut, states that, due to the complex and unpredictable season that the export sector is facing, it is key to have fruit that has a stable post-harvest behavior so it has a good storage capacity to face possible market flow slowdowns.…

"The price is expected to remain low"

"Suzhou loquats to enter Chinese market in May"

Seasonal fruits from production areas all over China will gradually enter the market in large volumes as the weather slowly warms up. The loquat is one of the consumer…

Trevor Dukes – The Fruit Farm Group South Africa

Balanced size distribution a marketing positive for South African avocados

The apple season is coming to its late harvest in the Cape for The Fruit Farm Group South Africa. “It’s a very good crop of Pink Lady, particularly Rosy Glow which makes up a big part of our pome operations. Volumes are up and we’ve had a few cold snaps, so we’re comfortable we’re on track with colour.…

Imports on Chilean kiwi down

Kiwi imports from Chile have dropped. “The amount of kiwi shipped through week 14 from Chile to North America is currently down 100,000 boxes compared to shipments during the same shipping weeks as last year,” says Chris Kragie of Madera, Ca.-based Western Fresh Marketing. There are a few reasons why shipments are down. Chile…

Indonesian Agriculture Ministry recommends importing more garlic as demand surges

As of last month, the Agriculture Ministry has issued recommendations to import more than 460,000 tons of garlic to ensure sufficient supplies and stabilize soaring prices…

Aglio D'Alessandro increases hectares of red garlic from Sulmona

The red garlic from Sulmona season is going well. Aglio D'Alessandro grows it on 55 hectares in the Abruzzo territory. "This year we went from 40 to 55 hectares as demand in 2019 was high and we had already run out of produce in December," reports Vittorio D'Alessandro. One of the plots of red garlic…

"Online sales of Chinese coconuts from Hainan are going well"

Coconuts are quite popular in the Chinese market. This is the time of year when coconuts from Thailand reach peak sales. The production season of Thai coconuts encountered some problems earlier this year. Dry weather at the start of the production season reduced the overall production volume. The supply…

Zespri kicks of new kiwifruit season early in Europe

Zespri will have an early kick-off to the new New Zealand season as the first vessel, the Crown Topaz, carrying just over 1.253 mio trays of SunGold Kiwifruit, has reached Zeebrugge this Sunday. For Green kiwifruit they expect to start the season in week 20.  "This season we are expecting to supply around…

Spanish medlar campaign facing almost stagnant market and low prices

The medlar campaign in the province of Malaga is developing without too many problems, as far as the number of laborers is concerned, but with an almost stagnant market and…

Arrival of 6,800 tons of onions and 52,000 tons of garlic in Indonesia

Some 6,800 tons of onions -Bombay onions- imported from several countries, arrived in Indonesia in stages, Indonesian Police (Polri) Food Task Force Head Brig. Gen. Daniel…

La Grande Bellezza Italiana ready-to-eat kiwifruit

"Our objective was to supply kiwifruit that is ready to eat so, with the help of our single companies, we developed a produce storage and management system under the La Grande Bellezza Italiana (Lgbi) brand," explains sales manager Stefania Ponso. Part of the La Grande Bellezza Italiana team: Cristiana…

Garlic shortage while ginger demand spikes

The hottest fresh lines currently are lemons, garlic and ginger as temperatures drop across South Africa and the lockdown, which was originally to have ended today, extends until the end of the month.  In lemons, South Africa is self-sufficient this time of the year, although the domestic market currently…

Will they be as popular as last year?

New garlic shoots enter the Chinese market

The harvest season of garlic shoots has arrived. The overall production volume declined last year because the overall surface area devoted to garlic shoot plantation declined.…

"Chinese market price of import mangosteen is currently running low"

The Chinese market gradually recovered in the last few weeks, but in the end, the overall retail conditions were not great. This is the time of year when imported fruit enters the Chinese market in large volumes, but the overall import volume is smaller than around this time last year. Cai Zong of Xiamen…

Production may increase 10-20% year-on-year

Lychee on-year in China may lead to significant price drop

It is reported by the "Yangcheng Evening News" that Guangdong may usher in a bumper lychee harvest this year, and the feizixiao variety is expected to become available in…

Spain

Medlar campaign in Alicante could be saved despite crisis

The agrarian organization ASAJA Alicante has positively assessed the royal decree law which is introducing temporary urgent measures on agricultural employment for the next…

Oscar Gold kiwis arrive in stores early April

Thanks to its active partnership with producers in South Africa, Primland is offering premium quality yellow kiwis from 10 April. This fruit is sold under the Oscar Gold®…

COVID-19 causes global ginger prices to rise

Chinese and global ginger prices were volatile in late February as the coronavirus outbreak disturbed both the supply and demand of the vegetable. The current Chinese export…

Melatonin can improve the drought resistance in kiwifruit seedlings

Currently, the changing climate scenario of global warming indicates an increase in drought episodes and severity in regions prone to drought. Thus, developing adaptive agricultural strategies is urgently needed. Scientists at Sichuan Agricultural University (Chengdu, China) have found that the kiwifruit…

May will mark an early start to the Zespri kiwi season

Zespri announced the early start of their kiwi season from the beginning of May following an excellent growing season. Zespri’s goal is to support retailers as shoppers look for fruits with a lot of vitamin C, which is known to support immunity. Shoppers are looking for options during these unprecedented…

The Netherlands and China are main suppliers

Ginger imports and prices continue to skyrocket in Russia

As Russian citizens persist in believing ginger has miraculous properties that combat the Coronavirus, demand and prices for ginger have skyrocketed in recent weeks. According…

Hein Smal - MOR South Africa

The South African Sharon Fruit season kicks off with good demand

The new Sharon Fruit harvest kicked off last week, a week or more earlier than usual, to the relief of buyers at the Johannesburg and Pretoria fresh produce markets, always the first to receive the new season’s fruit. The first exports to Singapore will also commence now. Consumers in Singapore love the…

Demand proving a challenge for kiwis

Kiwi supplies in North America are moving along steadily. Damarys M. Crawford of Harvest Sensations in Miami, Fl. notes that the current supply of kiwis is only domestic…

Argentina

Cape gooseberry takes its first steps in Tucuman

Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana L.), an increasingly popular fruit in the cuisine sector, is finding its niche in export markets around the world. Due to its potential,…

Dutch ginger importer, BC Lifestyle, gives 15,000 face masks to local health departments

“As long as the coronavirus remains, people will keep buying ginger”

The demand for ginger is currently sky-high. “Particularly supermarkets keep asking for ginger. It is crazy,” says Paul Yin of BC Lifestyle, in the Netherlands. “People keep buying it because it is healthy. With these prices, markets like Eastern Europe usually do not compete. But now, they keep buying.…

Season could still be successful if situation normalizes in time

“Delay in Pakistani mango exports could be an opportunity”

A delay in the Pakistani mango season is to be expected, which has everything to do with the spread of the coronavirus. One exporter is hopeful that the situation will normalize by the time the mango season takes off, in June. In this case the season could still be sucessful, with even more mangoes…

Court of Appeal rules against kiwifruit growers

New Zealand kiwifruit growers have already indicated that they will lodge an appeal in the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal handed down its judgement on Thursday, finding that the Government is not liable for the losses resulting from the PSA outbreak that devastated the industry. The plaintiffs…

South African consumers to pay much more for garlic

According to various sources in the country’s fresh produce value chain, for the foreseeable future South Africans will have to accept dramatically increased prices for their…

Sicural laboratory analyses its vitality and germinability

When it comes to kiwi fruit and frosts, it is essential to assess the quality of the pollen

To obtain kiwis of a good size and homogeneous production, quality pollen is needed. The recent frosts may have compromised the extent of the next flowering, as well as the vitality and germinability of the pollen. Sicural can provide an accurate analysis of the characteristics of the pollen that will be…

Corona crisis affects day-to-day business at Dortmund wholesale store

"Growing demand for citrus and ginger, declining sales of standard vegetables"

The consequences of the current corona crisis are now also inevitably being felt at the Dortmund wholesale store. Due to the closure of the catering trade, the number of…

Import relaxations not enough to secure Indonesian garlic supply

The Indonesian government recently restructured its import policies, but this move has failed to ensure a steady supply of garlic as importers have been late to complete…

"We look forward to serving all the kumquat and limequat orders we are receiving"

The coronavirus health crisis has sparked the consumers' interest in taking care of and supporting the immune system. As a result, certain fruits, such as citrus, are having a high demand in Europe. This, according to Juan Soler, the manager of Inter Terra, the southernmost producer of kumquats and…

"The price of Malaysian durian export to China is likely to rise even further"

"The Chinese import volume of Malaysian durian was relatively small in the last few weeks. Malaysia has closed its borders for general traffic, but still allows the export of some products. Global distribution suffers from the isolation measures in place to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Although many…

"Price of Chinese loquat from Sichuan is high because the production volume declined"

The loquat is a popular fruit in the Chinese market. The loquat currently available in the Chinese market mainly come from Panzhihua in Sichuan, Mengzi in Yunnan, and Yunxiao in Zhangzhou, Fujian. April of Lurra (Sichuan) Trade Co., Ltd. recently shared insight in the Chinese loquat market: "We established…

Iran kiwifruit exports are at $80 million plus

Iran has become one of the five leading producers of kiwifruit in the world as exports hit a record high of over $80 million a year. A senior official at the Iranian…

Feedback by Giuseppe Ribotta (Ribotta Group)

Greece and Covid-19 are making it more difficult for the Italian kiwi fruit

The 2019/20 Italian kiwifruit season started with a lower production yield, but yet promising. Afterwards, Greece influenced quality and lowered production costs, and, more recently, the Covid-19 emergency has greatly lowered expectations. Prices remained unchanged without achieving the desired…

The arrival of fresh bok choy puts pressure on the price of bok choy from warehouses in north China

Fresh bok choy from Shandong entered the Chinese market in large volumes

The current supply of bok choy mainly comes from production areas in and around Tangshan in Hebei as well as Qingzhou in Shandong. Hebei predominantly supplies bok choy from…

"Malaysian durian plantations continue to produce as usual"

"Malaysian durian processing factories temporarily halt operations"

The Malaysian durian season had only just ended when durian processing factories announced a temporary stop of operations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Manager He, a spokesperson for Malaysia New Leaf Co., Ltd., recently talked about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Malaysian…

South Africa: Prickly pears suddenly a hot item

Cactus pears, or prickly pears, are seeing renewed interest from farmers in South Africa, due to climate change and drought as well as the plant’s numerous uses. “There has…

By mid May the product will arrive in Europe

Jingold yellow kiwi: harvest about to start in Chile

The sales of Italian kiwis have now come to an end and Jingold is about to kick start the South American campaign, thanks to the production in Chile and Argentina. Despite the concerns about the anomalous seasonal trend that characterized the southern summer, the analyses carried out in Chile, where the…

Guardiola medlar variety recognized as community plant variety

In February this year, the medlar variety Guardiola, managed by the Spanish company Biogold Network EM, has obtained protection from the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) under registration number 54352. The company is now granting a six-month period for the regularization of existing orchards. Ester…

" Hainan dragon fruit production season delayed, but peak retail season has now arrived"

Dragon fruit is an important fruit in the Chinese market. Some of the dragon fruit in the Chinese market comes from Vietnam and some is domestically grown. The dragon fruits from Hainan have already entered the peak of the sales season. The overall market conditions are quite good. Mr. Chang Zhongjie of Hainan…

Mitrosilis on the record-breaking kiwi season in Greece

“Demand for kiwis is huge from all over the world”

The Greek kiwi export is heading towards new records, with the country having already exported almost 40,000 tons more compared to the same period last year. Demand has increased a lot as well, with consumers looking for the vitamin C that kiwis provide. The volumes of the kiwis from Greece have been…

Indonesian president promises garlic prices will go down next week

President Joko Widodo has promised that prices of staples such as sugar and garlic, which in the past month has skyrocketed, will stabilize ahead of Ramadan in the coming…

"Chinese durian market suffers from temporary pause in Malaysian durian production"

The peak of Malaysian durian sales takes place during the winter season. However, Malaysian durian export to China rapidly declined this year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Manager Luo, spokesperson for the Malaysian company DULAI FRUITS ENTERPRISE SDN BHD , recently talked about the…

China: Importing first batch of New Zealand kiwifruit in 2020

On Wednesday, the first batch of kiwifruit imported from New Zealand arrived at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. According to Shanghai Customs, the shipment consisted…

‘Now it’s onto apples’

Kiwifruit harvest going well in Gisbourne

Kiwifruit and apple croppers in New Zealand’s Gisborne region have been coping well when it comes to labour for picking fruit with some kiwifruit growers having already…

Formation underway of first South African Kiwi Growers’ Association

Empty European market exerts strong pull on early South African kiwis

When the South African gold kiwi season started this year by 15 February, it was a month before any other producer in the Southern Hemisphere. “Europe has been crying out for kiwifruit and struggling to find it. The heavy frosts during flowering May last year resulted in a low crop of yellow kiwis in the…

California kiwifruit season extends into April

The US kiwi supplies come from multiple origins, including California, Chile, Italy and New Zealand. New Zealand mostly supplies specialty kiwis like the golden kiwi and the baby kiwis, while the other origins supply the green kiwi. The US is currently getting their supplies domestically, from…

Simon Tattersall - Afrupro

Avo retail trade very good; wholesale markets devastated by restaurant closures

If he could, he’d be telling his growers to just grow avocados of counts 16 and 18, says Simon Tattersall, managing director at Afrupro, as that accounts for 50% of demand among their European clients, but this isn’t manufacturing. The closest a grower can get to consistently obtain the most commercially…

Chinese demand for Indonesian mangosteen recovers

China is one of the biggest importers of Indonesian exotic fruits. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the export of Indonesian fruits to China experienced a dramatic decrease. According to one local exporter, the trade gradually got back to normal again by the end of February. Mrs. Swasti Adicita is…

"Delivery of Hainan wax apples proceeds smoothly as the market recovers"

The Chinese production volume of wax apples is relatively small compared to such large fruits as apples and bananas. The natural conditions required for wax apple production limit the availability of agricultural production areas suitable for the production of wax apples. The most important wax apple…

First Shipment of Persimmons to Thailand under new protocol

Australia has successfully exported its first shipment of persimmons to Thailand under a new protocol negotiated by the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The shipment left Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday, 25 March, on one of the few remaining flights to Bangkok, Thailand,…

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

"Heartwarming reactions to private sales of exotic packages"

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

Arils developing as an option for foodservice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conditions in Chinese durian market are difficult to predict

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

Michael Franks - Seeka

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

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

NZ: Maori orchardists profit from global demand for organic produce

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

Koen Maes, Special Fruit:

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

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

Cristian Moretti from Agrintesa

Good end of season for green kiwifruit

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

Storage temperature effect on carotenoid accumulation in yellow flesh kiwifruit

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

Zespri’s first shipment of SunGold sets sail for Japan

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


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