Exotic fruit and vegetables

Musang King harvested for the first time in Thailand

MAFTA is a Thai fruit trade association that brings together young and experienced entrepreneurs in the industry. The organization is committed to gathering the strength of the industry, responding to the complex international situation, accurately positioning the market, and bringing fresh and delicious…

Tim Struckman, Exotic Roots:

"With our packaging line we want to bring consumers into contact with exotics they never buy"

Starting your own business in the export of exotics during COVID times sounds like a challenge. Nevertheless, according to Tim Struckman of Exotic Roots, it is precisely now that offers opportunities for a start-up. The first shipment arrived on September 23rd 2020 and the young company is developing…

The Navarrese company Endinava, specialist in endives and live lettuces, becomes a fig grower

"There is a boom in the consumption of figs"

From selling endives and live lettuces to also betting on a fruit that is becoming increasingly popular in the countries of central and northern Europe: figs. The Navarrese company Endinava has found a way to produce this fruit in an organic way in an unusual area for its cultivation. The origins of Endinava…

Michael Franks - Seeka

"SunGold 7-10 days advanced, Hayward same as last year"

The New Zealand kiwifruit harvest is about to begin and grower and post harvest company Seeka have been harvesting kiwiberry for a few weeks now and are on the home straight now with one orchard to go. The company's kiwifruit harvest is expected to start this Sunday in Northland at Kerikeri. "Seeka is…

Egypt in talks to export grapes & pomegranates to Japan

Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Al-Sayed el-Quseir has been discussing the prospects for agricultural cooperation between his country and Japan with…

Zespri launchess red kiwi in China with Pagoda

Recently, Zespri revealed the launch of their red kiwifruit variety in the Chinese mainland market. Pagoda has been chosen as their exclusive partner in this market. As the…

New Zealand expects largest ever kiwifruit harvest

New Zealand’s 2021 kiwifruit harvest has kicked off with the first commercial crop being picked this morning in Gisborne and more kiwifruit to be picked across New Zealand over the coming days. The 2021 season is forecast to be another record-breaking year with more kiwifruit produced than ever before,…

National Sustainable Ginger Platform for Nigerian ginger sector

Five public and private-sector parties are now working together in the transition to a sustainable ginger sector in Nigeria. They launched the National Sustainable Ginger…

Westfalia’s Mozambican litchi programme brings the sweet taste of success

In a victory for more than 200 smallholder growers, Westfalia Fruit is celebrating a bountiful 2020 litchi season in Mozambique.The returns from the 2020 bumper crop are uplifting a community of small-scale farmers in Manica Province, who, with the help of Westfalia over the past five years, have secured…

JC Muller – Sonlia Fruit Packers

Wellington packer on the forefront of optical sorting of pomegranates and stonefruit

These are peak packing weeks at 21-year old Sonlia Fruit Packers outside Wellington, where late plums like African Delight, September Yummy, Angelenos (and there are a lot of plums this season) and the last nectarines coincide with early pomegranates at what is Africa’s largest pomegranate packer.“It’s…

Domestic sales suffer from the Covid-19 pandemic

Malaysian durian sales rely on Chinese market demand

According to specialists in the Malaysian durian industry, the ongoing pandemic has had serious negative consequences for domestic durian sales. That is why the Malaysian…

Upcoming kiwi field days in the Southern Cape

Mpumalanga Soreli kiwi harvest lives up to expectations – but it won’t work everywhere

There’s a lot of excitement about kiwis and the issues driving it, are twofold: on the one hand, farmers in other sectors like forestry or dairy looking for foreign earnings, or trying to concentrate their activities to fewer hectares. And then, continues Peter Turner, director of Variety Innovations…

Queensland: Moonrocks horticulture business diversifies with garlic powder range

St George horticultural company Moonrocks is diversifying once again, adding a range of direct-to-consumer garlic products to its range. The business, run by brothers Andrew…

New Zealand: Kiwi pickers and packers to be paid living wage

As New Zealand’s industry attempts to fill a 23,000 worker short fall, kiwifruit pickers and packers can expect to earn at least a living wage of $22.10 during this year's…

Laumont

"Online sales of black truffles to individuals multiplied tenfold this year"

Black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) is the height of the season. This mushroom, which is highly appreciated in gastronomy for its aroma, is an increasingly common ingredient on…

14,000 tons of Vietnamese dragon fruit exported to China during during holiday

According to Lao Cai Port Customs, from the holiday period of February 10 to 17, over 14,000 tons of dragon fruit were exported to China via this port. During the Spring…

South Africa is ready to export kiwifruit to Northern Hemisphere

Enthusiasm within the Mzansi kiwifruit industry is running high as producers get ready to take advantage of the market gap in exports to Asia and Europe. South Africa’s…

‘Garlic and ginger can reduce cancer risk to boost longevity’

Ageing is deterioration of the physiological functions in human body. It is associated with several diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cancer and…

South African kiwiberries benefit from cool, wet summer

There is a short, sharp season for South African kiwiberries flown out to Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany and the Netherlands. Danie Meyer grows three varieties of kiwiberry on his farm Nooyenskopje in Magoebaskloof, Limpopo: the Thai, Wha and Rua varieties. The kiwiberry harvest started two weeks ago,…

Jack Niama, Inti Harvest

"We give smaller growers of exotics the opportunity to bring their products to Europe"

Jack Niama, owner of Inti harvest, an import company specialised in the trade of special exotic fruits such as pitahaya, granadilla, tamarillo, pepino, maracuya, passion fruit, physalis, etc., flies often to South America to visit the growers with whom the company has a close relationship and helps them…

The value of Peruvian ginger exports increased by 156% in 2020

Peruvian ginger exports registered remarkable growth in 2020. According to the Association of Agricultural Producers Guilds of Peru (AGAP), last year the country shipped…

Well-known marketer takes the reins at South African avo organisation

Last week the Board of the South African Avocado Growers’ Association elected Clive Garrett, who previously held the position as vice-chair, to chairperson of the organisation for the next two years. Clive, a keen cyclist and chartered accountant by training, is also marketing manager at Mooketsi-based…

Tunis has its local edible flower grower

Sonia Ibidhi, a 42-year-old former Tunisian journalist, changed her life and decided to settle in Tabarka (north-western Tunisia) to produce edible flowers, a novel product…

Makhoma Farms: Custard apples coming into season

John and Cassie Warren have grown custard apples on the Gin Gin multi-crop farm for six years. Makhoma Farms grows a variety of crops such as mangoes, lychees, avocados and…

Market price goes up by 20%

Malaysian durian production volume declined

This season the production volume of Malaysian durian showed a significant decline. On top of that the cost price of transport is extraordinarily high because of the pandemic. That is why the export of Malaysian durian is under pressure. Manager He, spokesperson for New Leaf Plantation Berhad, recently…

Musang King durian gains popularity in export market, and is no longer just for fashionable young consumers

Extended lockdown measures in Malaysia raise the cost price of Musang King durian

The Chinese Spring Festival [12 February, 2021] is always a busy time of the year for fruit traders. This year, however, the Covid-19 pandemic proved to be a significant challenge for the market. Datuk Vincent of Shanghai Youxiang Trade Co., Ltd. recently shared his insights into the market for Malaysian…

Vietnam grows Japanese vegetables to export to Japan

Vu Muon is an extremely disadvantaged commune in Bach Thong District. With limited arable land and a shortage of water, rice growing is barely profitable. During the winter,…

Vietnamese produce exports to Netherlands up

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the export of Vietnamese products like pepper and rice to the Netherlands has soared since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade…

“Sales for Greek kiwis are rather fast this season”

It’s been busy time for Greek kiwi exporters. Sales have been faster than they usually are, meaning the exporters have to start slowing down to prevent an early end to the season. According to one exporter, they’ve sold about 10% more than they did last year during the same time period. Christina…

Deglet nour date trial preparation starts as 'star-performing' variety returns to Australia

A South Australian date grower is reviving a special date palm variety after striking a deal with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It will revive a…

Sarwat Radwan founds new import agency AKL ExoFresh LLC

"I have made it my mission to bring Egyptian exotics to the fore"

Egyptian fruit and vegetable products are increasingly more popular in the German and Western European specialised trade. But apart from citrus, pulses and sweet potatoes, tons of fruit exotics are produced in the North African country as well. The further development and promotion of this product…

Equity fund raises $69 million for SunGold kiwifruit

The purchase of three Gisborne properties as part of a new private equity fund’s multimillion investment into SunGold kiwifruit has been hailed as a “really good” boost for jobs and the entire industry here. The private equity fund, established by Origin Capital Partners — which comprises of Paul Jones…

Malaysian market price of Chinese lotus root doubles

Malaysia imports lotus roots from China. The Malaysian market price for lotus roots recently went up, but is still as popular as ever with Malaysian consumers. Many importers…

Aberdeen University

Aberdeen research says American potato bean could be grown in UK

Research involving Aberdeen scientists has uncovered that a plant native to America has potential to be grown in the UK. The high protein potato bean, commonly found in Florida, Texas and Colorado, once was a staple foraged food source. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute,…

Himachal Pradesh wants to market ginger through Safal outlets

With a bumper production of 16,650 tons in 2020 in Himachal Pradesh’s leading ginger-producing Sirmaur district, the state government now intends to market it in the National…

François Bellivier, Capexo:

“The demand for ginger continues to grow”

Currently available on the ginger market are the Peruvian, Chinese and Brazilian origins (transported by plane). The Thai origin should arrive on the market within 2 weeks. The coronavirus crisis has boosted the ginger sales, but the consumption had already increased strongly in recent years. “Today, the…

Crown and kiwifruit sector plaintiffs settle long-running litigation over Psa

The Crown and kiwifruit sector plaintiffs have reached an out-of-court settlement to the long-running litigation arising from the 2010 incursion of the kiwifruit vine disease,…

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Locally grown exotic fruits offset Georgian imports

Loladze Farm is the only producer of the kiwano (spiked melon) in Georgia. Loladze Farm grows exotic fruits and it has partially replaced their import counterparts in the…

Organic kiwi growers seeing shifts in California industry

Unlike its conventional counterpart, organic kiwifruit from California is up in volume this season. “Due to weather issues that reduced fruit set, production per acre was significantly down across the state this season resulting in a 13 percent decline in total volume of kiwifruit in California…

Expectations that the return of the school year won't boost banana sales like before

After months of shut schools, in a number of South African provinces like Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal school are finally re-opening for the new school year coming Monday. Traditionally a new school term heralds boosted sales of bananas and apples, but this year is different.  "We shouldn't be expecting a boom…

Logistics have driven up demand for Lunar New Year fruits

Today is the celebration of Chinese New Year. Both volume and demand look to be up this year for two popular fruits associated with Lunar New Year - pomelos and red dragon fruit. Red dragon fruit represents good luck and fortune thanks to its color. Tony Ferris of Calgary, Alberta-based Thomas Fresh notes…

University of Tartu research

Boosting people’s health with the Jerusalem artichoke

Viia Kõiv, Tanel Tenson and Elin Org are researchers at the University of Tartu. The trio has found a new way to improve the health of the immune and nervous system and…

New Zealand supermarkets full of passion(fruit) this Valentine’s Day

Kiwis are being urged to make the most of an influx of passionfruit that will hit supermarket shelves just in time for Valentine’s Day as the soaring cost of air freight has…

Mandarin & turmeric

Additional commodities included for the subsidy through Kisan Rail transportation

To incentivise farmers to transport their agricultural produce through Kisan Rail, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Food Processing Industries have included Mandarin (a…

Kiwifruit destocking proceeding smoothly

"Compared to last year, kiwifruit destocking was quicker and 10-12% more produce was sold. The campaign is proceeding smoothly for green kiwifruits and it was excellent for golden kiwifruits," explains Pietro Fabbri, president of OP Eur.O.P.Fruit. Pietro Fabbri "We talked to the various representatives…

Destined for Barasat station, West Bengal

First Kisan Rail shipment of turmeric departs from Telangana

South Central Railway (SCR) has started the first ‘Kisan Rail’ from Telangana, transporting turmeric from Warangal station to the Barasat station in West Bengal. On Monday,…

Uganda

Lemon and ginger prices lowering in Kampala

There is a significant drop in demand and price for lemons and ginger across Kampala markets. This stems from a decline in the use of lemons and ginger by residents to boost…

Mandy & Deon Mills, Journey’s End

Connoisseurs aim to raise the game on cactus pears

Six years ago Deon and Mandy Mills bought a farm in the Free State, close to Parys where he grew up and where he used to pick wild prickly pears. The farm in Koppies already contained a cactus pear (or Indian fig) orchard of 4ha, established on a slight slope (which has been fortuitous this unusually…

Navi Mumbai:

New supplies bring down wholesale price of garlic - no respite in retail

Despite the supply of garlic in the wholesale market picking up, there is no respite in the retail market as the produce is being sold above Rs150 per kg while the wholesale…

Republic of Georgia

Garlic production decreasing - imports increasing

Garlic production in Georgia is dropping every year. Geostat data for 2019 shows that the production of garlic was just 50 per cent. In 2018, the country produced 4,600 tons…

Chinese import volume of Taiwanese sugar apples declines by 20%

The Taidong sugar apple from Taidong in Taiwan is a unique-looking fruit. Under regular weather conditions the sugar apple production season begins in December. Relevant data shows that Taidong county produces more than 80% of the sugar apples in Taiwan. Last year around 90%-95% of the sugar apples from…

Lower production led to rising durian prices in China

Due to lower production, the farm gate price of imported durians has been rising. Traders revealed that a box this year is two to three hundred yuan more expensive, which is…

South African economists claim government meddling in garlic and ginger prices will backfire

As the National Consumer Commission (NCC) announced with big fanfare that it would investigate seven major suppliers of garlic and ginger, economists are questioning if this…

Chinese ginger export grows in volume and value

The outbreak of Covid-19 had economic consequences for countries across the globe. Many countries saw their export trade reduced. The export of Chinese ginger, however,…

Most green coconuts from Thailand end up in the Chinese market

China imports green coconuts from Thailand because the green coconut needs a lot of sunshine and Thailand has high temperatures all year round. Thailand is a tropical country with minimal temperature differences, abundant sunshine, and a lack of snow. The climate in Thailand is extremely well suited to…

Pascale Begoulle, Sikig:

“This year, we will go far in the kiwi season if the quality holds”

Last year, the sanitary crisis intensified the kiwi sales suddenly and strongly, but this year, the market is calmer. “Last March, we had a very high demand which put an early end to the season, at the end of April/beginning of May. But this season is different. Consumption is quite low, as it is the…

Jackfruit coming into peak selling time

The market on Jackfruit seems to be shifting. “Jackfruit used to be a rare fruit item. But nowadays, it’s often a flooded item and very competitive on price,” says Andy Khau with Be-On Produce, Inc. in Commerce, CA. “We used to sell 90,000 lbs. or two loads of it weekly. But then that cut to half and…

South Africa: Seven supermarkets face R1 million fine for hiking food prices

After The National Consumer Commission (NCC) launched an investigation into the soaring prices of certain items, seven of the best-known supermarkets in South Africa might be…

New Zealand: Good kiwiberry crop expected

“The high summer temperatures and long hours of sunshine in the Bay of Plenty region (where the largest hectares of kiwiberry are grown) has meant that the industry are predicting a good crop for the 2021 season. As growers we endeavour to produce the highest quality fruit possible, it looks like 2021 is…

Rossouw Kruger – Matumi Orchards

Strong mango season amid memorable rain

This summer will be remembered for its rain, for predominantly good reasons, and the mango harvest has so far mostly escaped the usual ills associated with this amount and duration of rain, says Rossouw Kruger of Matumi Orchards in Limpopo Province. Lemon picking (still for the local market) has been…

Date study shows category growth of $6.0M in incremental sales

The date category grew in 2020 translating $6.0 million in incremental sales reaching $114.7 million dollars according to a recent baseline and distribution study developed for Bard Valley Date Growers (BVDG).** Bard Valley Natural Delights’ brand has a dominant share of date category sales (42 percent…

Strong 2021 season expected for New Zealand Kiwano

With harvest kicking off last week, New Zealand growers Enzed Exotics are looking ahead to a strong 2021 season for its premium Kiwano. Enzed Exotics’ Renee Hutchings said “perfect growing conditions” were evident in the high quality and quantity of the early fruit, as well as the overall plant health. “Here…

Malaysia expands their share of the Chinese durian market

Cheap Thai durian flood the Chinese market

Most of the durian currently available in the Chinese market are either frozen durian from Malaysia or fresh durian from Thailand. Durian do not stay fresh for very long. They generally stay fresh for around 10 days. Malaysian durian, however, are frozen with liquid nitrogen technology that preserves 97%…

Sophie Ye, KX Food, Belgium

“The ginger market is currently well balanced”

“The Chinese ginger season is currently in full swing. We have sufficient supply to meet the high demand," says Sophie Ye of the Belgian import company, KX Food. "In addition to Chinese ginger, we have some ginger from Peru in stock. But most of our ginger comes from China. The Peruvian season is…

Derek Donkin - Subtrop

South African avo crop: larger sizes and a million more cartons expected

The first export estimate for the 2020/21 South African avocado season is set at 16 million 4kg equivalent cartons. It is a million cartons up on last year’s eventual export crop. Despite this being an off year in the alternate bearing cycle of South African avocado orchards, the many new orchards coming…

Exotic fruits from all over the world now popular with Hyderabad locals

Imported and exotic fruits, once only available at exclusive supermarkets, are now being sold by street vendors in Hyderabad. From the pink dragon fruits to blueberries,…

Kiwi production in North East India

India’s North East possesses those attributes that make it ideal for temperate fruit cultivation. Fruits namely apple, pear, plum, peach are grown semi commercially in the…

A single kiwi provides the recommended daily intake of vitamin C

Kiwis have 92.17 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams, i.e. nearly twice as much as oranges. "Consuming a single piece provides 116% of the recommended daily amount of…

Hainan longans stay fresher than imported Thai longan

Fresh longans easily spoil after they are harvested. They quickly develop enzymes that turn the fruit brown. In order to keep the fruit fresh and extend its shelf life, they are treated with sulfur smoke. This technique is applied to large volumes of Thai longan imported to the Chinese market. The…

Jean-Marc Boyer, Boyer:

“The Reunion origin remains the qualitative reference for passion fruit”

The Boyer company offers passion fruit to its clients all year round. Three origins are available depending on the season. “We work with up to 130 tons of the Vietnamese origin per year, with a peak between November and March. We also have the Guadeloupe origin, which offers a different and always…

Andre van der Horst, Exotimex Europe, the Netherlands:

“Container prices from Asia are easily five times as expensive”

The Dutch importer, Exotimex Europe’s main products are plantains, cassava, garlic, ginger, coconuts, and sweet potato. They’ve been targeting the ethnic markets within Europe for years. Last year, the COVID-19 global pandemic significantly affected their products' supply and prices. But, the company…

"Prices have fallen from the 800 Euro paid in the previous season to just 200 Euro per kilo"

Collapse of black truffle prices in Cuenca

From early December to mid-March, one of the most appreciated delicacies, famous for its exorbitant prices, is harvested in the fields of Cuenca: the black truffle. The…

Francization of the kiwi: 4th hearing

A 4th hearing for the francization of the kiwi was held this week, based on the DGCCRF survey published in March 2019. The BIK once again filed a civil suit in order to remind…

Ecuador's pitahaya heads to Hong Kong and Malaysia

The Agency for the Regulation and Control of Phytosanitary and Animal Health (Agrocalidad), an entity attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), has…

China trials planting of Musang King, Blackthorn and Monthong durian

Since 2019, Hainan has been carrying out large-scale planting of durian. The current planted area stands at about 15,000 mu. According to Hainan Academy of Agricultural…

China slowing durian imports from Thailand

Prachachat reported that Aat Pisanwanich, director of the International Trade Research Center of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, talked about the export of Thai…

Durian prices soaring while cherry prices touching bottom

Price of imported fruit polarizing

Imported fruits in the Chinese market are seeing polarizing prices - the price of cherries touched bottom again and again while that of durians has been on the rise. In…

Tygho Kampschöer, Fruvexco, the Netherlands

"New Chinese ginger harvest well-received"

In the Netherlands, Fruvexco recently received its first container of the new Chinese ginger harvest. According to company director, Tygho Kampschöer, the ginger is of good quality. "Every year, we wonder about this initial batch's quality. The first new harvest can be particularly problematic. The…

Argentina's black truffles get ready to arrive in the US and the UK

The production of black truffles (Tuber melanosporum), one of the -most high-value products in the world market, only began to expand in Argentina in the last decade. One of…

Vietnam seeks permission to export swallow's nests, durian, and purple yams to Chinese market

Vietnam becomes sixth-largest trade partner of China

The latest data from the General Administration Customs China (GACC), announced on the 14th of January, Chinese foreign trade still increased by nearly 2% despite the many…

China strengthens garlic monopoly in global market

In 2020, China strengthened its dominating position in the global garlic market, increasing exports by 28% compared to 2019.  In comparison, Spain, being second in the world ranking…

Don Westcott - Westfalia

First normal litchi season in a while as new avo campaign approaches

“The new avocado season is upon us. On early greenskins like Fuerte and Pinkerton we should be seeing a normal crop but on Hass from South Africa the industry volume might be a bit reduced compared to 2020 because of alternate bearing,” says Don Westcott, Westfalia commercial manager, noting that the…

Frutal & Co. sees great market opportunities for fresh pomegranate seeds

"Produced today, at the customer's tomorrow"

Hamburg-based Frutal has added pomegranate seeds to its extensive range since January 2021. Frutal Managing Director Hüseyin Can Olgun sees great market opportunities in the new range - for two reasons: "The convenience market has been growing for years - and it will continue to grow. In addition, we…

Jean-Baptiste Pinel, Primland:

“All the varieties we sell are complementary to the needs of the consumers”

Primland offers a large range of products to its clients, including the green kiwis of Adour Red Label, PGI, organic green kiwis, Gold kiwis, Nergi kiwis and red kiwis. “Having such a wide range allows us to meet all the needs of our clientele. The consumer who wants a milder product will go for the Gold…

Bangladesh: Bumper garlic crop expected in Barind region

In Bangladesh, experts forecast a production of some 263,000 tons of garlic from 31,260 hectares of land in four districts of the Rajshahi Agricultural Zone. Another 127,000…

South Africa: Competition Commission to probe ginger and garlic price hikes

South African consumers have been venting their frustrations on Twitter over the skyrocketing prices of ginger. These Prices have increased, with consumers sharing images of…

Kiwifruit New Zealand

Zespri attempt to buy counterfeit Chinese kiwifruit denied by regulator

Zespri's attempt to buy counterfeit Chinese golden kiwifruit and stem illegal growing in the country has been slapped down by the government-appointed regulator. The kiwifruit…

“Fig growing regions in India have received good rains this year”

The season for fresh figs has started in India, and it’s looking to be a promising season. Weather has been favorable and the figs have had plenty of rain to work with. Overall it should be a better season, as last year the season was cut short due to the pandemic. Sam Agri, an exporter of fresh produce…

Smaller crops and slightly higher pricing on kiwis

Kiwis are seeing good supplies and stronger pricing this season. John Fagundes of Cal Harvest Marketing Inc. in Hanford, CA notes that California has good supplies of large fruit. “California overall had a slightly smaller crop but a nice crop of large fruit so there’s plentiful supplies of those,” he…

India: Exotic fruits popular with citizens of Hyderabad

Exotic fruits, once exclusively sold in upscale supermarkets, are now being sold at roadsides across Hyderabad like any other fruit. These fruits have stirred the taste buds…

Early avocados and lemons now need sunshine

Localised flooding but minimal wind damage from tropical storm Eloise

Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Beira, Mozambique on Friday with category 1 strength; the area is till recovering from Cyclone Idai. In South Africa, where the weather service had issued red alerts, fruit growers across the northeastern parts of the country are relieved that tropical storm…

An interview with Patrizio Neri, president of Jingold

Yellow and red kiwi demand exceeds supply

The demand for yellow kiwi is growing on a global scale. "Our yellow kiwi is constantly increasing in production, but it is not able to meet the market demand. The smell and taste, which is sweeter than the green variety, is what attracts new consumer groups, especially children. We had a harvest of…

Anecoop presents this exotic novelty, which has high nutritional power and is a source of vitamin C

Green papaya from Spain, a variety that is consumed as a vegetable

Anecoop, a leading Spanish cooperative in the marketing of fruits and vegetables, presents a new product on the market, the green papaya. This product, which is mainly grown in areas with a subtropical Mediterranean climate such as Almeria and Murcia, is consumed like a vegetable. Its cultivation in…

Zimbabwe: Garlic exports present great opportunity for growers

Zimbabwean garlic growers have been urged to increase exports to take full advantage of a growing global market. The latter has expanded from US$500 million to US$2,48 billion…

South African ginger market is white-hot

South Africans have been swapping social media horror stories on the price of supermarket ginger, as a shortage develops on the market, driving the price “through the roof” (according to a trader). The domestic season will start in earnest next month, but ginger growers have followed the market's lead…

"Our Kradum Thong durian from Thailand will enter the Chinese market for the first time this year"

Thailand is one of the main durian producers and their annual production volume is the largest in the world. The country exports a variety of durians, including Mon Thong [Golden Pillow], Puangmanee, Cha Nee [Gibbon], and Kradum Thong [Golden Button]. The main export durian is the Mon Thong variety, and…

Op Granfrutta Zani

Positive kiwifruit market

"Green kiwifruit sales are going well in Italy, while we will have to wait 3-4 weeks for the foreign market. Quantities are lower than in previous years, we are taking about 10% less than 2019. This could be why sales are going well, as far as it concerns us. Prices are good, in line with expectations thanks to the high quality…

The United States is the world's largest importer of ginger

The United States is the world's largest importer of ginger. Conventional ginger accounts for approximately 89% of all US ginger imports. The country's imports present a…

Karnataka sees sharp drop in ginger prices

Growers in Karnataka's Hassan, Kodagu and Chickamagaluru districts are facing tough times now the ginger prices have dropped substantially. While untimely rains have caused…

Australia: Collins family harvest 10 tons of biodynamic Russian and True garlic

Atherton Tablelands biodynamic garlic grower Adam Collins and his partner Gwen Bocci are celebrating their best harvest in two decades. Along with his father John Collins,…

Italian kiwi fruit suppliers find European market more attractive than Asian market

The outbreak of Covid-19 early last year and the subsequent pandemic have caused significant disruptions in global trade. The fruit import and export markets in particular have suffered from this pandemic. Although conditions in China have largely stabilized, the pandemic still affects many markets…

Good demand and prices and shortage of small calibers

Spanish kiwifruit facing less competition this year

The Spanish kiwifruit production has been reduced by between 6 and 8% this season compared to the previous one. The marketing of the kiwifruit from Galicia and Asturias, the…

Chinese market demand for domestic dragon fruit continues to grow

Vietnamese supply volume of dragon fruit declines by nearly 40%

The Chinese dragon fruit industry has rapidly developed in recent years. The overall surface area devoted to dragon fruit plantation continues to expand. Although the outbreak of Covid-19 seriously affected general market conditions, people in the industry are hopeful for the new dragon fruit season. Mr.…

South African litchi season defies the doomsayers

The bloodbath in the litchi season, predicted by some back in December, was never realised.  The crop was predicted to be 30% up on last year (approximately 3,600 export tonnes, but that's not final), while market conditions in Europe and specifically France were in doubt due to Covid concerns. Consequently,…

Lighter South African lychee season coming to an end

Lychee supplies are wrapping up out of South Africa. Yasmani Garcia of Sweet Seasons in Hidalgo, TX says the South African lychee season is a short one—it began in November and the company just received the last load last week. “It was also a shorter crop season—maybe eight loads in total,” says Garcia.…

From a regular Dutch mushroom farm to an exotic mushroom supplier

As far as Oakfield are concerned, 2020 was the year of the exotic mushroom. "The company's grown from a regular mushroom farm to the largest exotic mushroom grower in the Netherlands. The demand for mushrooms is increasing throughout Europe. That's due to the current trend of healthier food with less…

Luc van den Aker and Matthijs Verburg, FME, Belgium

"We're the first to have Chinese morels in our mushroom range again"

It might still be cold in Belgium. But Fresh Mushroom Europe (FME) is already preparing for the spring. "The first morel mushrooms have arrived from China. This is the prelude to European wild morel mushrooms. We get these in spring," say Luc van den Aker and Matthijs Verburg of FME. "China is the only…

Kiwifruit among the favorite fruits in Europe during the pandemic

The commercialization of Italian kiwifruit is rather positive in general. FreshPlaza talked about it with an operator. "In general, I can say kiwifruits seem to be among the favorite with European consumers during the Covid-19 pandemic considering their shelf-life and vitamin C content." As for green…

Brussels seeks to boost the seaweed industry

Brussels has launched an ambitious plan to boost the seaweed industry in the context of post-Covid economic reconstruction, which starts with the launch of public…

Iran: Horticultural exports Mazandaran province at $140 million

A total of $140 million worth of horticultural products were exported from Iran’s northern Mazandaran province during the first nine months of the current Iranian year. Over…

Indigenous greens capture global attention for nutritional and environmental benefits

Kenyan growers making good money from traditional vegetables

Last Monday, Kenya Ambassador to France/Portugal/Serbia/Monaco in a tweet highlighted just how in-demand traditional Kenyan vegetables were around the world. "Our traditional brands can thrive! Look at our homegrown dried “Saga” or “Chisaka," she tweeted. Chisaka (Spider Plant) is a popular traditional…

“Vietnamese coconut supply may remain low in the upcoming season”

The historical drought with saltwater intrusion had a significant impact on Vietnamese farmers and fruit exporters in 2020. It is predicted that the dry season in 2021 will most likely come sooner than in previous years. Mary is a sales export manager at the Vietnamese fruit export company True Fruits…

Kandahar exports pomegranates worth $8 million this year

Local officials say that this year, 35,000 tons of pomegranates worth $8 million have been exported from southern Kandahar province. A total of 200,000 tons of the fruit were…

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Thai durians face heavy competition in Chinese market

The president of the Thailand Durian and Mangosteen Exporters Association recently talked about the impact of the pandemic on production areas in the east of Thailand.…

The pandemic delays the entry of Peruvian pomegranates to China

According to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (ComexPeru), even though China is positioned as a large market for Peruvian pomegranates, its entry into that market could not…

More colour and a brighter future for Nicaraguan red pitaya farmers

Thanks to its vibrant colour, fresh flavour and nutritional benefits, pitaya, or ‘dragon fruit’, has become a popular ingredient in fruit drinks, smoothies and desserts. Although commonly associated with Asian cuisine, this fruit is native to Central America. Nicaragua-based agricultural development firm…

Pressure on Malaysian durian export grows

Production volume of Malaysian durian significantly declined

This is the peak period of the Malaysian durian export season. However, the overall production volume of Malaysian durian declined and there are serious issues with distribution. That is why the pressure on Malaysian durian export is growing. Manager He, a spokesperson for Malaysian NewLeaf Plantation…

India: Turmeric prices on the rise in India

Turmeric prices in India have increased by Rs 200-300 per 100 kgs in primary agricultural markets. There are fears of lower production this year. The Erode (Tamil Nadu)…

IDeA Agro and Agrintesa partner for production of SunGold yellow kiwi

IDeA Agro has partnered with Agrintesa Cooperativa Agricola to launch an agricultural development operation that involves the construction of a new plant of yellow kiwi of the…

'Kiwi is the fruit of Italian well-being'

Thanks to its rich and sugary pulp, its intense colors, kiwi has become one of the most consumed and appreciated fruits by consumers. Italy is the leading European producer…

Zambian farmers hope to partner with Chinese garlic growers

Zambian farmers are calling on Chinese garlic growers to help them gain more knowledge about garlic growing. Norman Kalenga, chairman for Kasumbalesa Farmers Association, said…

Ecuador wraps up mango season, total exports were down 5%

The Ecuadorian mango season is coming to an end, with the last packing and shipping of the season happening in week 1. The season has been challenging, in general, despite lower volumes and smaller sizing.  Strong start and end to the seasonEcuador’s mango season kicked off in late September, and the season…

Poor-quality early-season ginger is already sold out, and current supply is of regular quality

Export price of Chinese ginger increased by 40%

The first ginger of the season that was exported from China to overseas markets was harvested too early and the product quality was less than ideal. Some even showed black spots. This supply volume of early-season ginger is already sold out and was absorbed by the overseas market. The product quality of…

Demand for frozen durian shoots up in 2020

Demand for frozen durian has jumped throughout the pandemic. Dennis Sever with Exotic Growers, Inc. in Homestead, FL has seen a pickup in durian demand by 100 percent in 2020, particularly from his customers who work in the online market. “In 2019, we didn’t do that much durian. We used to bring in a…

Kurdistan Region: Ban on pomegranate imports lifted

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Kurdistan Region’s announced that it would again allow the import of pomegranates. The ministry had…

Zimbabwe: Garlic farmers urged to increase exports

Zimbabwean garlic farmers have been urged to increase exports riding on the growth of the global market which has expanded to US$2,48 billion in the past two decades, from…

Ginger combats certain autoimmune diseases in mice

Ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, which makes it a popular herbal supplement to treat inflammatory diseases. Now, according to a Michigan…


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