Exotic fruit and vegetables

Producers aim to grow 50 million avocados this year

Turkish avocado season has started

Alanya, Antalya, a major city in southern Turkey, grows 80% of Turkish avocados. This year, producers aim to grow 50 million avocados in an area of 4 thousand hectares. The harvest of avocados started in Alanya and producers expect to export them to countries such as Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and…

Poland is a new export market for Turkish avocados from Alanya

The Turkish region of Alanya, which is located in the province of Antalya and exports its avocados to different countries, such as Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Georgia, and Iran,…

China, the fourth strategic market for Mexican avocados

Mexico's avocado has become a very popular fruit in China and it can even be purchased through mobile phone platforms such as Tmall, Alibaba, and JD.com. During 2018, Mexico increased the volume of avocado shipments to China to 14,972 tons, i.e. 71% more than the 8,750 tons shipped in the previous year,…

How the ‘Chinese gooseberry’ became the ‘kiwi’

Sixty years of being the kiwifruit

On Friday August 9, the kiwifruit industry celebrated the 60th anniversary of renaming the kiwifruit in 1959. The Te Puke War Memorial Hall showcased an event compered by…

Turkey: Sarilop figs harvested in Aydin

Buharkent, Aydin, a city located in southwestern Turkey has begun the harvest of the sarilop (calimyrna) variety of figs. It is the first place to start the harvest of sarilop…

European exports booming

UK: Garlic Farm sees double digit revenue growth

The Garlic Farm –a third-generation, award-winning farming business based in Newchurch– is finding success across Europe thanks to its innovative range of over 60 garlic-based…

Peruvian exports of Wonderful pomegranate increase by 13%

According to data provided by the Association of Pomegranate Producers of Peru (ProGranada), in the first half of 2019, the country exported 38,951 tons of Wonderful…

Exporters aim for 38 million USD worth of exports

Turkey: Bursa black fig exports started

Bursa black fig exporters aim for 38 million USD (33,9 million Euro) of exports this year. According to the statement issued by Uludag Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters'…

Subtropical producer hits out-of-season sweet spot

There is a mango grower sending fruit all through autumn and winter to the South African market, and that is Windbult Boerdery, growing biologically produced, high-density mangoes at high altitude on the Limpopo escarpment. They follow an intensive biological programme with micro-organisms and biological…

Pomegranate production increases in Afghanistan

The production of pomegranate is going to increase in the poppy growing Helmand province, the official media outlet Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported Thursday. The production…

The sale and export of avocado is the main income stream for the agricultural company

Kakuzi half-year net earnings decline to Sh245.58m

Kakuzi has posted a 9 percent decline in net profit for the half year to June of Sh245.58 million down from Sh270.45 million over lower revenues from tea. The company says it…

"Kiwifruit from Xiangxi, Hunan hit the market in mid-August"

Located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, Xiangxi is the largest citrus and kiwifruit growing center in China. It has a large ratio of mountainous areas, belongs to the subtropical mountain monsoon climate, shows clear signs of the continental climate, and has four distinct seasons, abundant…

"Malaysian durian growers planning to expand production after gaining entrance to China"

“In May, when the news broke that Malaysian frozen durian gained access to the Chinese market, many growers began to look for new plantations and plan to increase production. The overall prospect of the Malaysian durian market is promising. Currently, there are 13 companies in the country allowed to…

New crop of California dates slightly delayed

The incoming harvest of California dates is starting later than anticipated. “With 2018 crop nearly complete the demand is still strong. We expect new harvest to be delayed by one to two weeks due to the desert heat arriving later than expected,” says Hope Barbee of Coachella, Ca.-based Double Date…

Fig and pomegranate harvests about to kick off in Lleida

The fig harvest is about to start in the municipality of Alguaire, in the province of Lleida, where about 65% of Catalonia's figs are grown. "Next week, we will kick off our fig campaign, which is coming with good calibers this year," says Genís Bordes, manager of Fruïm, the brand representing the young…

Son La exports 60 tonnes of locally-grown longan

The northern mountainous province of Sơn La exported 60 tonnes of its longan to China and other countries on Saturday. The shipment was announced at the opening ceremony of the Song Ma Longan Festival here the same day. In his speech at the event, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen…

Prices of Thai durians hit new low

Durian supply from Thailand to Shanghai fruit markets gradually increased in August. The price already dropped by 30%-40%. The price of Thai durian is at its lowest point in…

Carambola demand gets a back-to-school boost

Domestic carambola supplies are hitting peak on summer volume right now. Supplies of the exotic fruit, also known as “star fruit”, began in the last week of June. “We didn’t have a lot of volume in early July but by the end of July this year we had pretty decent volume,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks…

Weak post-harvest technology hinders Vietnam fruit sector

According to a Vietnamese news report, post-harvest technology in Vietnam's fruit sector is showing several weaknesses which they say is not only affecting the quality of the fruit, but also export prices. Dragon fruit is one of Vietnam’s unique tropical fruits with export value reaching about 1.1…

Bioactive compounds profile depends on mango variety

Mango is an important natural source of bioactive compounds, especially derived from gallic acid. Factors such as variety and maturation stage can affect the bioactive compounds profile. Scientists at University of Granada (Spain) have evaluated the chemical composition of three Spanish mango varieties…

The Dominican Republic bets on pitahaya production

The most recent meeting of the different nuclei that make up the national cluster of Pitahaya producers (CLUNAPROPI) was held at the pitahaya production farm of engineer Rafael Chavez. At the farm, Chavez showed the assistants the different production techniques that ensure this product complies with the…

Canada's Halifax Botanical Garden manages to grow tropical fruits

A botanical garden in the Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia has successfully cultivated tropical species such as bananas, oranges, pineapples, coffee, and fig trees,…

EU invests to improve Colombia's avocado production

The European Union will invest two million euros in several regions of Colombia, including the department of Antioquia, to strengthen the avocado production chain and improve…

Researchers look at new avocado variety that could be grown in the Valley

Some people love avocado, so imagine getting paid ten bucks a session to rate avocado samples. "Well that's your dream, right? To get paid for what you love to do," said tester Shirley Ito. Avocado prices spiked this summer due in part to a smaller California crop and growing global demand. Researchers…

From processed to fresh avocados: Dave Sijogo sales manager Mission Produce Europe

“I expect high avocado prices to last in the coming weeks”

Five months ago, Dave Sijogo started as sales manager for Mission Europe in Breda, the Netherlands. He’s no stranger to the avocado sector; in his previous position in frozen…

Peru consolidates as the world's third-largest exporter of avocados

According to a report recently published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), Peru exported 272,077 tons of avocados worth 581 million dollars between…

Spain: The kiwiberry as an alternative to the blueberry in Huelva

The kiwiberry crop is being proposed as an alternative to blueberry production in Huelva in the face of the current crisis in the sector. One of the companies testing this…

Advances in water management for avocado cultivation in Spain's subtropical coast

A project carried out by researchers of the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (Ifapa) of the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and the company Trops SAT has brought to light new data on the irrigation needs of avocados and…

Effect of harvest time on storability of kiwifruit cultivars

"We investigated the harvest time effect on storability of three kiwifruit cultivars, green ‘Hayward’, gold ‘Haegeum’ and red ‘Hongyang’ that were harvested at 160, 170 and…

China has opened its doors to Filipino coconuts

John Tan has started shipping tons of aromatic young coconuts to China. Since its first shipment late last month, his company has shipped 108,000 young coconuts to the cities of Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, and Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province. "I am very, very happy that China…

Avocados From Mexico seeks to drive product usage

Avocados From Mexico, the produce company, has made increasing usage of the fruit among existing buyers a core element of its brand strategy. Alvaro Luque, Avocados From…

Avocado volume expected to increase after summer shortfall

U.S. avocado volume was expected to increase this fall after a summer of tight supplies. Shipments from California and Mexico were down the past months, and prices reflected the shortfall. The last week of July, f.o.b. prices for two-layer trays of size 48 avocados from Mexico and California ranged from…

High avocado prices prompt creation of 'counterfeit' guacamole

Wholesale prices on avocados have increased dramatically year-over-year, due to a seasonal dip in production in California and Mexico coupled with a growing demand for the fruit. According to CNN, Mexican avocados cost 129 per cent more than this time last year in the U.S. Most of the cost is being…

European avocado supply takes a dive compared to last week

The avocado supply in Europe has decreased compared to a week ago. The Greenskin avocados from Mexico are short in supply at the moment, but the expectations are these will pick up from next week. For the full supply, including their country of origin, see the below chart:

Export price of Chinese produce shapes ginger market in Dubai

The price of Chinese ginger is relatively high in comparison with previous years. This has a direct impact on the ginger market conditions in export destinations such as Dubai. Mr. Yan of Super Harvest Foodstuff Trading LLC gave his view on the ginger export market. The ginger market conditions in Dubai…

Peru's Beta Agroindustrial Complex exported 2,600 tons of pomegranate this campaign

The general manager of the Beta Agroindustrial Complex, Lionel Arce Orbegozo, stated that the company had exported 2,600 tons of pomegranates in the 2019 campaign…

Mexican avocado exports set to grow by 3.54%

The Association of Avocado Producers, Packers, and Exporters of Mexico (APEAM) estimated that avocado exports would increase by 3.54 percent this season due to the increase in…

The Netherlands is the main destination for Colombian avocados

Avocados were one of the products making news during the state visit of Colombian President Iván Duque to China, since it was confirmed that this market would be opening to the Colombian production. The goal, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, is for the country to compete head to head with…

First fruits from Sicily arrived on German markets

"The first prickly pears are indeed high-priced, but already outstanding in quality"

The first prickly pears of the season from the Italian island of Sicily are already in circulation in Germany. "We got the first ones in yesterday and have already marketed some of them," says Giovanni Totaro, co-owner of specialist retailer and restaurant service Sicily Taste, headquartered in Neuss.…

China: "We target high-end markets with our yellow dragon fruit"

“The thornless yellow dragon fruit we offer is an Israeli variety, available from early August to December each year. Compared with traditional dragon fruit, fresh yellow dragon fruit tastes better although its price is much higher. The brix level of winter fruit can reach as high as 19-21 degrees." Mr.…

“We are ready to sell Tunisian soft-seed pomegranates to Europe”

“Our Tunisian soft-seed pomegranates are mainly grown in the Sichuan and Henan provinces in China. The production season is expected to begin in mid-August, and supply will last through the beginning of November. Due to extreme weather such as drought, the production this season is lighter compared with…

Avocado forum focuses on faster exports of fresh avocado

The great creamy taste of Mexican avocados is undeniable … and so is the challenge for Mexican exporters and European importers to obtain the best results. Since United Producers of Mexico, known as UPM, started operating in 2016, the focus has been on improving all aspects of avocado exports from Mexico…

The Mexican state of Michoacan produces 300 tons of figs per year

Rocio Romero Romero, the president of the State Council of Fig Producers, stated that nearly two years after the first commercial fig orchards were established in Michoacan,…

Mexico feels the heat on Thai bananas

Thai bananas are coming in at steady supply levels right now. “They’re coming in from Mexico and everything is normal except for the weather down there,” says Dennis Sever…

Limes and mangoes

Colombia will implement new phytosanitary measures to export to Europe

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), through an official communication that was addressed to the European Commission, confirmed that Colombia will begin the…

Chinese ginger prices fluctuating due to rainy days

Due to wet weather last week, the supply of ginger has reduced compared with the previous week. At the beginning of the week, buyers actively participated in purchasing…

Chinese garlic prices have begun to fall

The overall garlic price in 2019 rose in northern China. According to Xie Lei, an analyst at the Beijing Xinfadi Market, since May, prices of the new crop sold at the market…

M.K. Exports on the mango season

“Airfreight costs have been rising steadily for the few past years”

The mango season in India has recently ended and overall it’s been quite a good season for Indian exporter M.K. Exports. New varieties are finding their way into Europe, but the costs of transport are rising year after year. Manoj Barai is the general manager for M.K. and has three new varieties to thank…

Very favorable conditions for the Spanish garlic campaign

The National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers (ANPCA) met on July 26 within the framework of the International Garlic Fair of Las Pedroñeras. The goal was to analyze the development of the 2019 garlic campaign and its development in recent months, as well as to address other topics of…

Álvaro Martínez, of Axarfruit: "We will have a good market"

"The Spanish mango harvest could be up to 35% smaller than last year's"

The Spanish mango season is just around the corner. The harvest will kick off in late August in Malaga, the country's main producing area. According to producer, importer and exporter Álvaro Martínez, manager of the Malaga-based company Axarfruit, 2019 will be an off year in terms of production volumes,…

“We are much closer to Europe than other mango producing countries”

When thinking of Egypt, the mango might not be the first exportable fruit that comes to mind. However the country produces over 200,000 tons of mangoes every year. The 2019 season is looking good, with satisfying volumes and good prices. Amr Kadah is the CEO and agronomist of Egyptian exporter Fruit…

Genoveva Chaverri, from the Cooperative of Pitahaya producers of Costa Rica:

“Costa Rica has better conditions than Nicaragua for the production of pitahaya”

Pitahaya producers from Costa Rica have had a very hard year, as their crops have suffered fierce attacks of pests, such as the flower bud fly and the drone fly. Despite this, producers have continued to grow, to the point that they are preparing the first shipments of this fruit to Canada. Despite the…

"Kiwiberries from Dandong facing a promising season"

“This year's kiwiberry harvest in Dandong will start in late August, the same as previous years, but we will strategically delay the harvest based on the number of orders. Harvest this season is expected to last for about one and a half months.” Ms. Yu Wenxin, Marketing Director of Dandong Rishenglin…

The exotic fruit that is grown only 75 minutes from LA

The California dragon fruit season is just about to commence. Growers are expected to start picking the first fruits during the next week or so. The cooler than usual weather conditions earlier this year has resulted in the harvest being pushed back by a couple of weeks, however producers are not too…

New research:

Genetics can determine whether kiwifruit plant is Friendly Boy or Shy Girl

An international research team has discovered a gender-determining gene in kiwifruit that could potentially lead to the breeding of hermaphrodite varieties. Self-fertile kiwifruit cultivars could remove the current need for pollen supplementation, saving land and labour costs. Since only female kiwifruit…

Red flesh kiwifruit popular with consumers

Red flesh kiwifruit is fleshy, sweet, and juicy with a smooth surface, greenish flesh, and thin skin, and is packed with nutrition. “With the increasing purchasing power of Chinese consumers and their deepening awareness of healthy eating, mid-to-high-end fruits have become increasingly popular. As one…

Lake Martin, Alabama

Only US farm growing Golden Sunshine kiwi

A few miles from Alabama’s Lake Martin, a 418-acre farm has sprung up, home to 37,000 thriving kiwi vines. Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative is the only kiwi orchard east of…

Avi Dagul, AgriFood Marketing

“Higher volumes of dates in Israel this year”

“This year Israel will have a better quality of Medjoul dates than last year,” says Avi Dagul of AgriFood Marketing. “It is also safe to assume that we will also have higher quantities. Last year we lost about 4.000 tons because of the weather. This year, Israel is going to harvest about 42.000 tons…

Seeka is looking at sale and leaseback of Australian orchards

Kiwifruit grower and marketer Seeka said it is looking at a potential sale and leaseback on some or all of its orchard portfolio in Australia. Funds would be used to…

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit: More investments after bumper season

The kiwifruit seasonal labour shortage has failed to dampen 2019 results with Zespri posting record results and packhouses indicating tens of millions of dollars more will be pumped into infrastructure in the Bay. The Bay of Plenty Times Weekend reported in May the three largest kiwifruit packhouses in…

Mexico: Proposal to increase pitahaya production in Yucatan

The Autonomous University of Chapingo has carried out a study on the viability of pitahaya cultivation in the region of the Yucatan Peninsula as an alternative to traditional…

Chilean avocado season ready for take-off

The Chilean avocado season is about to take off, with the Northern region already starting production. However this season may come with some challenges, as the region has been dealing with drought, causing a drop in the total production. Tropical Republik is an importer and exporter that deals mostly in…

Chinese lychees enter South American market for the first time

"Lychees are considered high-end fruits in the international market. This is the first season that we have exported our lychees to Chile. This is also the first time that Chinese lychees have been exported to South America. Chinese lychees are harvested when South American lychees are in the off-season.…

Peru: Exports of 8,000 tons of certified avocado from Arequipa expected

In 2019, the Peruvian region of Arequipa is expected to export 8,000 tons of Hass and Zutano avocados that are certified by the National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA). So far this year, the entity attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), has already certified 1,800 tons of…

Avocado cultivation in the Dominican Republic up 150%

The Dominican Republic has opted for the cultivation of avocados in the last few years. In 2011 the estimated surface devoted to growing avocados stood at around 22,134…

Peru: Pitahaya cultivation presents new opportunities for agricultural exports

Pitahaya cultivation in the region of Piura represents a new opportunity for producers and is emerging as a new means of diversifying agricultural production and expanding the…

China: What IT and selling durians have in common

Last month whole frozen Malaysian durians could for the first time enter the Chinese market and since that time the import for this fruit increased a lot. According to Mr. Da Fei, the increase of import volume is now visible in the Chinese market, though it does not reach the same volume as Thai durians…

Monsoon Green Earth Farms:

“This is the best time for good quality pomegranates from India”

Now that the summer has almost ended in India, the rainy season will be making its entry. This means the pomegranates will have better quality, and a color that is difficult to gain during the summer months. This is the time to export as many pomegranates as possible, as the December-to-March season now…

Colombia: Medellin to host next edition of the World Avocado Congress

The ninth edition of the World Avocado Congress will be held in Medellin from September 23rd to the 27th, 2019. The event, which will have more than 70 exhibitors and 3,500…

Chile wants to double kiwifruit export to India within next 5 years

This Monday, Chi lean marketing people launched a promotional campaign in India, setting their sights on the south Indian kiwi market. The goal was to create more awareness on…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi Fresh Market:

“Globalisation results in more sales of exotics in summer”

Exotics are part of consumers’ menus more and more often. People travel more, and are therefore introduced to exotic products more often as well. Moreover, healthy characteristics are ascribed to a lot of exotic products. Mango and papaya are good for digestion, kiwi fruit is full of vitamin C and ginger…

Requests to fly out avocados to meet urgent retail demand

South African avocado growers wish the season would never end

The European market is short on avocados, even more than originally expected, after South Africa and Peru’s giant crops from last year whetted an even wider appetite. After a cautious start to the season which put a lid on prices until May, retail buyers have been requesting their South African suppliers…

India: Harvest of pomegranates about to start in Maharashtra

In the Maharashtra state of India, growers are preparing for the upcoming pomegranate season, which will start at the end of July. Good sizes with soft seeds are expected, which would make for a very successful season. For Indian exporting company Kalya Exports the grape season has finished, with the…

Chilean researchers to improve kiwi production with photoselective covers

The Chilean University of O'Higgins is working on a research project called Transfer: Photoselective Coverages in Kiwi, with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of kiwi producers through the use of photoselective coverage systems. The Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC) has financed this…

China: "Seedless lychees are even more convenient for consumers"

This year's Chinese lychee market is completely different than last year. The reason for this difference is extreme weather during the period when lychee trees were in…

Swiss garlic is well received

"Nowadays you only stand a chance in the market with niche products"

The Swiss acreage planted with garlic has increased steadily in recent years and now amounts to about 50 ha. Grower Pirmin Bobst from Oensingen started cultivating garlic in…

Kiwi berries from Ya'an expected to start at the same price as last year

"This year, kiwi berries from Ya'an will become available around July 25, and the season will last until September 15. In general, the quality of the fruit this season is better than last year," said Fan Jinming from Chengdu Weinong Technology Co., Ltd. Kiwi berries “The quality this season is better,…

Pricing evening out for US domestic red dragon fruit

Domestic production of Pitahaya, also known as red dragon fruit, is solid. “Right now, we have excellent supplies,” says Marc Holbik of Miami, Fl.-based Ecoripe Tropicals. Holbik notes that between the months of July to November, production of the exotic fruit is done domestically in Homestead, Fl. along…

Giumarra to launch persimmon marketing program at FPFC Expo

In preparation for California’s upcoming fall persimmon season, Giumarra has announced it will unveil the company’s #DoYouFuyu marketing program at The FPFC Expo on July 16 in…

Dragon fruits are becoming popular among Turkish farmers

Kumluca, a district in Antalya which is famous for its greenhouse tomato production is now shifting towards dragon fruits. Producer Bilal Bayram from Beykonak neighborhood removed his greenhouse products and replaced them with dragon fruits. Dragon fruits blossom from early June on. The harvest is…

Kiwifruit demand in North America continues to grow

As the southern hemisphere kiwifruit season peaks, importers have noted that supplies from Chile are slightly lower than at the same time last year, with growers reporting that weather has had an impact on the crop. New Zealand, too, has had its share of issues over the past few years, although golden…

Prices of Chinese lychees return to normal

The overall production volume of lychee was much smaller than usual this year. The harvest season therefore finished around two weeks earlier than last year. The supply of…

Kenyan avocado season has mixed results depending on variety

The avocado season in Kenya has led to mixed feelings when looking at the results. For one variety the season has been really good, while another variety suffered a lot from the weather conditions. Keitt Exporters trades in avocados from Kenya and had to tackle quite a few challenges to make the season…

Chilean kiwifruit season progresses in Europe and China

According to an in-depth article on iqonsulting.com , in the Jiangnan (Guangzhou, China) and Rotterdam (Netherlands) markets, the Chilean kiwifruit season shows a large degree of progress, with prices being recorded for more than three months in the first and more than two months in the second.…

Monsoon season results in better quality pomegranates

Satisfying pomegranate season in India

The pomegranate season in India lasts the whole year, but as the monsoon season hits, the time for great quality pomegranates begins. That season recently started and so there are busy times ahead for Indian exporter Kay Bee Exports. The months May and June are the most troublesome months for Indian…

Andreas Buchner, Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft:

"Our Struwwelpeter brand only contains articles of which we can control the quality ourselves"

The Munich wholesale market in the district of Sendling has a legacy - this not only applies to the marketers with regular stands, but also for Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft, which has its base on the site. The company was founded in 1932 by Emmeran Hausladen and is now run by third and fourth…

Novelty low-cost system to preserve avocados in perfect condition

Consumers of avocados can now find a new device to preserve avocados, after they've been cut, at the Amazon online sales platform. The design of this avocado stand is ideal because it has a hole in its central part that helps maintain it in perfect conditions, which requires keeping the seed in the…

Nico Spruijt, Yex:

"Avocado market has turned around completely in a month and a half"

Although the avocado market is normally a little slower over the summer, there is no evidence of that this year. "The market has turned around completely compared to a month and a half ago," says sourcing manager Nico Spruijt of Yex. "The main reason is that Mexico is supplying less avocados than…

APEAM expects to export more than one million tons of avocado to the US

Mexico's Association of Avocado Producers, Packers, and Exporters (APEAM) stated that, after closing the 2018-2019 season, it projects Mexico will export more than one million tons of avocado to the US in the 2019-2020 season. Comparing both seasons, the volume of shipments, in tons, are as follows:…

Eren Tarim on the upcoming Turkish fig season

“We’ve had our share of the bad, this season will be better”

The fig season is about to take off in Turkey, which hopefully will be a bit better in terms of weather. Last year was quite unstable, although the season was still quite alright. This season has inspired high hopes and one exporter aims to strengthen its position in France and Germany. In just a couple…

Sicilian prickly pear market finds new drive thanks to PDO mark

"With 34 members and 400 hectares, we are the only Sicilian PO made up exclusively of prickly pear producers. Over the last five years, we have become a leading PO within the Sicilian fruit sector and definitely the leading prickly pear organisation on a national level," reports Francesco Grassenio,…

This year's lychees sold for higher prices due to lower production

This year’s lychee prices have been rising due to factors such as a lower production in the main producing areas. Currently, the marketing of lychees in many areas has entered…

Mexico is the largest producer of prickly pear cactus in the world

Mexico is the largest producer of prickly pear cactus in the world as it accounts for 90% of the total area devoted to its cultivation globally and produces 400 thousand tons…

"In China the demand for coconuts is increasing"

At the Shanghai Asia Fresh Expo a lot of different companies participated this year. Most of the companies were domestic, but there were also some companies present from abroad. One of these companies was Thai Fresh Nature Food Co., Ltd., a manufacturer and exporter of Thai coconuts. “Our company is…

"New dragon fruit variety can be stored for longer time"

Thanks to its unique climate, Hainan is a natural cradle for various tropical fruits in China. Some fruit can be supplied throughout the year. Hainan Tiandiren Ecological Management (Group) Co., Ltd, one of the leading enterprises in the Hainan fruit industry, held the “2019 Tiandiren Pineapple Harvest…

China: Longans hitting the market with high prices

At the moment, lychees have not yet left the market, and longans have already hit the market. In Yulin, fresh longan is becoming available. At the moment, its price is in…

Shelled Musang King durians from Malaysia available at Pagoda soon

Following the approval of imports of Malaysian shelled frozen durian into China on May 30, various major e-commerce companies, fresh platforms, and wholesalers in China are…

Mexico streamlines procedures for export of avocados from Jalisco

The federal government has streamlined the certification of origin process for the export of avocados produced in the state of Jalisco after the Association of Avocado…

Colombia's gulupa production up 335% in the last 10 years

According to data published by Colombia's Fruit and Vegetable Association (Asohofrucol), gulupa production has increased by 335% in the last 10 years. In 2008, the country produced 7,198 tons of gulupa, while in 2018 it produced 24,799 tons in 2,013 hectares dedicated to this crop. Gulupa represents a…

Nicaragua's pitahaya harvest is ready for export

Nicaragua's pitahaya production, both for the domestic market and for export, is ready to be marketed. This crop is grown in different areas of the country, such as the…

Patna, India: Surge in demand for foreign exotic fruits

Residents of the north-eastern city of Patna can now relish exotic fruits at home; the most popular ones include kiwis, pears and avocados, which are available at fruit markets near the roundabout and Patna zoo. "Although the demand for exotic fruits keeps fluctuating, I sell a fair amount every day.…

Chinese avocado market has changed drastically compared with last year

The avocado market in China is increasing in popularity and the acceptance of the Chinese consumer for avocados is also increasing. This does not go unnoticed by Chinese…

Zespri chief exec Dan Mathieson:

“Response to the new red kiwis is exceptional.”

According to Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson, the response to the new red variety of kiwifruit has been exceptional. There was a hugely positive consumer reaction to the red kiwifruit, which Zespri has trialled for the last few years. It appears to be driven by the beautiful, vibrant colour of the…

New Zealand kiwifruit orchard prices strengthening

Demand will rise for existing kiwifruit orchards as a result of Zespri granting its annual quota of new licences for the gold kiwifruit variety, says rural property salesman…

The number of mango trees in Antalya reaches 5,000

Turkey increases mango production

In Antalya's Gazipasa district, mango production started 7 years ago and the number of seed grown mango trees in the area has now increased to 5,000. The Mango Fruit and Arboriculture company's partner, Mustafa Ezici, explained that they started an R&D project on mango cultivation together with his…

Eosta introduces Kiwi Muppets

Thanks to high tech laser technology, organic fruit and vegetable specialist Eosta is able to turn a simple organic kiwi into a cheeky fruit muppet. The Nature & More Kiwi Muppets are a fun and easy way for kids to get their much needed portion of vitamins and fibers. Although it is a well-known fact that fruits and…

Klaus Umbach, Bioland nursery Umbach:

"I have a missionary goal: I want Gojis for all"

Gojis are still little known on the market in Central Europe, and when they are, it is in their dried form. A producer from Baden-Württemberg wants to change that: "Gojis for all" is the motto of Klaus Umbach of Bioland nursery Umbach in Heilbronn. "We've been making goji berries here for eight years and…

China: "Ningxia goji berries enter peak sales season"

“Zhongning, Ningxia Province, is an area with the largest export volume of goji berries in China. The harvest of fresh goji berries here begins in June each year and lasts about 3 months, ending at the end of August. After that, dried goji berries will take over more market share. This year’s fresh goji…

Price of Yulin lychees continues to rise due to off year

"Lychee Hometown" Beiliu has entered the peak lychee sales season, but this year's lychees are not cheap. It is reported that due to weather conditions and other factors, this…

Kiwifruit grower body celebrates 25 years

New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. (NZKGI) celebrated their 25th anniversary as an incorporated society at a special gathering in Tauranga last night. The evening recognised NZKGI’s central role as an advocate for growers of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry. The event was attended by Minister of…

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Season ending for wax apples and golden passion fruit from Hainan

Currently, various seasonal fruit in Hainan are in their production seasons. “In the past few months, there has been a lot of trade of Hainan fruit. Compared with last year, the fruit production in Hainan this year is generally lower. This is mainly due to the fact that Hainan experienced heavy rainfall…

California fig grower using technology to extend shelf life

The California fig season is in full swing, with the first of the Black Mission fig seasons – the “Breba” crop - about to finish up. The main crop is due to start at the end of July, but there are also other fig varieties that are going to be in season shortly. The heavy rains that California experienced…

Agroindustrial Beta enters this new market in Asia

Peru sends its first air freight shipment of Hass avocados to Thailand

The Peruvian company Agroindustrial Beta has made its first aerial shipment of Hass avocados to Thailand, which will be marketed in the Asian supermarket chain Makro. This is…

Exports have increased by 11.2%

The Netherlands is the main destination for Colombian cape gooseberries

Cape gooseberry exports between January and April 2019 amounted to US $14.9 million, i.e. 11.2% more than the $13.4 million achieved in the same period of 2018. This increase…

China: New season lotus roots hit the market with high prices

Some low-lying farmland were flooded due to last week's torrential rain, resulting in a reduced vegetable production in the affected regions. Moreover, the period between the…

Well-managed soil is the key to high-yielding South African gold kiwifruit

Two years ago that Farmer’s Weekly first published a story on the early stages of Peter Nicholson’s pioneering foray into gold kiwifruit production in South Africa. At that…

Peru: Project for responsible, year round avocado production well on track

Camposol expects a good development of this year’s avocado season, especially on the Asian market and advances as planned to reach the objective of a year-round avocado supply thanks to the investments in Colombia. The growth and internationalization strategy of Camposol is linked to the highest…

Spain: Distinctive quality seal to be requested for Valencian avocados

Avocado producers of the Spanish Region of Valencia, where there are already a thousand hectares devoted to his crop in 250 farms, have decided to request a quality seal (a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) or a "CV") to certify their production and make it…

Exports in the first quarter increased by 9%

The entry of Peruvian avocados to Thailand will boost exports

In recent years avocado exports grew sustainably due to the commercial opening of new markets, mainly in Asia, so having achieved their entry into Thailand, after eight years of negotiation, is expected will improve exports, according to the Association of Exporters (ADEX). The Management of Agricultural…

Hass avocado prices expected to follow an upward trend

This year has seen a definite reduction in avocado volumes on the European market with lower volumes coming from both South Africa and Peru, two of Europe’s leading avocado supplying countries. Currently, just over half way through their South African season, Craig Lewis, commercial director of Halls…

Elena Rogojnikova, Hagé International:

“Fairly good avocado market in first half of 2019”

“In the first half of 2019, the avocado market was fairly good. There were hardly any quality problems, which helped keep prices level,” says Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International. “Volumes of both Hass and Greenskins were sufficient, and prices were stable. Demand was high as well – both from Dutch…

Peru negotiates the export of pomegranates with China

Luis Torres, the executive president of Promperú, stated that Peru was negotiating the entrance of Peruvian pomegranates to the Chinese market and that the commercial…

Duisburg company trains small farmers regarding organic agriculture

BioTropic launches social agricultural project in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, the Duisburg company BioTropic has started a new development project. Around 75 small farmers from the province of Alajuela, in the north of the country, will learn how organic agriculture works. This should help them to survive with organic products on the international market. Man and…

Soft-seed pomegranate increasingly popular

The soft-seed pomegranate boasts large, bright red fruit and thin skin. When nearly ripe, the fruit gradually turns from yellowish green to red. When fully ripe, the arils are dark red, like agates, very pleasing to the eye. The fruit has a sweet flavor and excellent quality, it ripens early and has good…

China: Price of imported Malaysian durian dropping

Recently, large volumes of fruit have become available. Although the price of fruit produced locally has generally risen, the price of imported fruit on the market has fallen.…

Strong reputation drew date grower to event

What he was hearing was impressive. “The word of mouth from industry friends, colleagues and the general buzz around the Organic Produce Summit was amazing,” says Ben Antongiovanni of Pure Palm Produce based in Bakersfield, Ca. “After the first year, we knew we wanted to be part of OPS so shortly after…

“Zeus selected as success story among Greek entrepreneurs”

During the annual meeting of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, Greek kiwi exporter Zeus was chosen as a winner, an example for Greek entrepreneurship amongst a total of eleven nominees. The event took place at Megaron Athens concert hall and was directed at all businesses, including oil, tourism…

Avocado prices continue to increase in Mexico

Avocado prices continue to increase and they are expected to reach new historic highs, reaching up to 130 pesos per kilo, as in 2017. The low production this season has caused an increase in avocado prices since the end of April in Mexico, as reported by the president of the Association of Avocado…


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