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Persimmon market continues to grow

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

3.9 million euro in funding towards various growers

Greek kiwi grower lands huge investment from EU

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

To avoid saturation

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

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

USDA GAIN report

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

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

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

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

Daniel Badger - Jacana Produce

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

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

The Dorì kiwi is very successful in Hong Kong supermarkets

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

Honduras: Memorandum to improve the rambutan chain signed

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

The Italian 'Sweeki' kiwi season launch in Malaysia

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

Australia’s own garlic from Kangaroo Island

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

Azerbaijan expects to increase pomegranate production

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

Prices too low for second consecutive season

Spain: Producers in Castellon uprooting their kaki fields

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

Honduran fruit - access to 12 new markets

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

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

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

Rwandan farmers alarmed by disease ravaging mango crops

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

New fresh Bahri date season set to increase output

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

José Linares, president of the Spanish Association of Tropical Producers

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

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

China: New durian varieties enter market

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

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

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

Now Sungold variety sales are taking off

Zespri looks at North America for kiwifruit orchards

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

USDA GAIN report

Mexican avocado exports to US remain strong in 2018/19

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

Aartsenfruit Asia

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

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

Upsurge in durian plantation

Malaysia aims for Chinese market expansion

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

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

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

Taiwanese red dragon fruit popular in Vietnam

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

New biological control for kiwifruit disease

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

"Figs are emerging as a successful crop"

Mexico holds a national fig production training day

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

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

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

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

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

Fungi causing kiwifruit diseases identified by Chinese scientists

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

Asian eggplant production entering steady period

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

Start of third South African lychee season for US importer

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

15 thousand tons pre-ordered

Zhouzhi kiwi fruit invades Nanjing market

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

Ecuador exports red pitahaya to the USA

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

Madagascar: Start of lychee season

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

But vacancies remain

New Zealand kiwifruit industry welcomes more workers

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

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

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

Christmas initiative

Spain: Mollar pomegranates reach the homes of Valencians living overseas

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

Colombia predicts passion fruit production will increase by 12%

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

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

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

Good Spanish mango season after delayed start

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

First reports of post harvest rot in Greek kiwis

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

California pomegranate exports performing well this season

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

Quandong surges from native Australian fruit to highly consumed delicacy

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

Seth Wannemuehler's quest:

University of Minnesota tries to big up the kiwiberry

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

Israeli company supplies avocados year-round

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

Creation of the Compañía Aguacatera del Sur

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

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

Demand from Europe increases

Brazil: Early start for Brazilian fig season

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

Peter Hobert (BUD Holland):

"Fig market grows generically"

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

Kiwis grown on Dutch soil

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

Peru: 2018, the worst year for Hass avocado exports

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

Russian cucumber and gherkin production up by 14%

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

Keisie Valley Gooseberries wants to change perceptions of the fruit

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

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

Drought in India casts shadow on pomegranate exports from Pune

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

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

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

Spain: Good prospects for Huelva's avocado campaign

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

Peru prepares a training program to boost avocado exports

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

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

India and Peru to discuss FTA in New Delhi next month

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

China: Price of wax gourds increased

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

Brazil authorizes entry of Peruvian pomegranates

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

Strengthening production

Costa Rica: Avocado producers and Government prepare National Avocado Plan

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

The Ruby Red variety can be grown in the open ground

Spain: Pitaya cultivation gaining ground in Malaga

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

China: Pomelo price drops by over 60%

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

California bitter melon still on the move

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

Kiwilife, production and commercialization of Portuguese kiwis

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

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

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

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

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

Colombian exotic fruits for European markets

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

Zespri extending its season of SunGold kiwifruit

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

Easy peel avocado launched in the UK

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

Indian pomegranate exports likely to run into trade roadblocks

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

Turkey: Fig exports have surpassed 300 million USD

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

Mexico: Avocado producers on strike due to lower prices

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

Ecuador can export tree tomatoes to the United States

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

Good expectations for the export of fresh soursop from Ecuador

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

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

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

Persimmon drying season in Japan: What a view

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

2M is specialised in exotic fruits

Italy: Fresh pineapples from the DR thanks to air transportation

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

French kiwis back on Canadian markets from November

Photo Report: Visit to French kiwi and kiwi berry growers

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

Colombia: "We are increasing gulupa exports for Christmas"

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

Ghana: Mango farmers unhappy with treatment by Exim Bank

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

Harvesting season for Turkish pomegranates ending, weather has caused issues

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

Reunion Island: expansion of the Victoria pineapple

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

Trade Export Promotion Agency:

More international demand for produce from Saint Lucia

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

Mexico: The avocado from Michoacan could miss the Super Bowl

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

Australia: Mango season North Queensland 2018

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

Navi Mumbai APMC: Alphonso makes early entry

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

China claims intent to buy more from Cambodia

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

Honduras: Okra sales will generate US $45 million

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

Americans enjoy Honduran organic rambutan

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

Exportagri, Costa Rica

The cassava is a healthy and nostalgic alternative to potato

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

Demand is good

Pakistan markets full of seasonal pomegranates

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

Nepal: Fruit prices increase as Tihar festival kicks off

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

Indonesian plane delayed because of durian fruit

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

Vietnam: Mekong farmers switching to more profitable crops

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

Man in kiwifruit smuggling case named

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

Visit also intended to iron out trade disputes

Kenyan president in China to sign avocado deal

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

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

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

Peru: Figs consolidated as an export product

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

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

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

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

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

China: Shaanxi kiwi fruit market prospects continue to look good

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

Hungary seeks EU support for production of kiwis and figs

The Hungarian government has asked for the support to the production of kiwi and fig from the European Union, in spite of the fact that both fruits are usually imported from…

Supplies even of domestic organic persimmons

Organic supplies of persimmons are seeing mixed levels of volume depending on where in the country they’re hailing from. On the west coast, Stephen Paul of Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca. says supplies of persimmons are fair, if not up slightly. “On the Fuyus, we’re seeing some new plantings coming in,…

The first French kiwis on the market in two weeks

“Clients with product know-how prefer the French kiwi”

A switchover is currently taking place in the kiwi market. There are no yellow kiwis from New Zealand available. Trading companies are, therefore, switching over to the Italian product. The first green kiwis from France will be available at around 12 November. Recent weather conditions have not been ideal for growing…

Taiwanese persimmon production volume greatly increased

Chinese and Taiwanese persimmons currently enter the market in large volumes. The persimmon harvest season in Taiwan, Shaanxi, and Hebei began two weeks ago. "We began harvesting persimmon around two weeks ago. The weather conditions were excellent this year, and our production volume increased. Last…

Promotional activity for Chilean Hass avocados

The Chilean Committee for HASS Avocados (Comité de Palta HASS de Chile) is working closely together with Chinese trading partners to organize a range of promotional activities in November. The purpose of these activities is to make Chinese consumers more familiar with Chilean avocados. Map of Chilean avocado production areas The avocado…

Person who allegedly sent gold kiwifruit plants to China identified

Zespri seeks $70 million damages

In the Auckland High Court, Zespri has launched a civil case for $70 million in damages against the person who allegedly sent plants of its SunGold kiwifruit variety to China. It is believed the area…

Popular in South Korea: Grape variety with mango taste

A new grape variety called shine muscat is an increasingly popular in South Korea. Shine muscat is distinguished by its unique taste, which includes mango flavors. The yellow-green berries has this musky flavor, but without sourness. According to the Korea Rural Economic Institute, shine muscat was first harvested in South Korea in…

Indian pomegranate season is underway

The Indian pomegranate season has just started and a good season is to be expected this year. With higher volumes and a stable price, Amit Kalya, of Kalya Exports is preparing to compete with powerhouses like Turkey and Egypt. The amount of Indian pomegranates that is being produced this season is slightly higher, according…

Spain: Honey bees are not an ideal pollinator for avocados

The European domestic bee or honey bee ( Apis mellifera ) is not an optimal pollinator for avocados, and this can be one of the main problems when it comes to getting avocado…

Gulupa, a legal alternative to coca plantations in Colombia

Gulupa production is replacing coca production in Colombian fields, not as a direct substitute but as a legal alternative that has important and prosperous revenues, which is an incentive for farmers to stop growing plant products that are used for illegal purposes. The Gulupa is an emerging product that is totally open to…

Swiss company Frutco AG cultivates 60 ha of organic passion fruit

“Our investment in passion fruit cultivation and processing in Nicaragua achieves milestones.”

Having made the strategic decision to secure resources and due to the resulting backward integration, Chimaco SA, the Nicaraguan sister of Swiss company Frutco AG has succeeded in successfully cultivating 60 ha of organic passion fruit of the genetically protected ‘CHIMACO VARIETY’ on its 200-ha farm…

Peak season now for California persimmons

It is the peak season for persimmons in California at the moment and overall volume is good. Of the varieties, Hachiya volume is a little lighter due to weather conditions earlier this year. But suppliers say that persimmon numbers are strong enough for sufficient supply and will be so for several more…

Vietnamese gac fruit exported to China

The gac fruit, known by its Latin name Momordica cochinchinensis , is also known as red melon, baby jackfruit or sweet gourd. In Vietnam, people commonly grow the vine in front of their houses to provide a shaded entry. They use the deep red to purple flesh to add flavor and color to rice for festive…

Tien Giang province, Mekong Delta

400 tonnes of Vietnamese star apples set off for US

This year, farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang are preparing the shipment of 400 tonnes of Lo Ren star apples to the US. This is the second year fresh star…

PDO Ribera del Xúquer

Spain: Persimon kaki season in full swing

Producers in Ribera del Xúquer are already immersed in the harvesting and handling of kakis under the label of the Protected Designation of Origin Ribera del Xúquer, which…

China: Dujiangyan kiwi fruit directly supplied to Hong Kong

The initial shipment of 2000 kg of kiwi fruit left the warehouse in Dujiangyan, Chengdu, last Saturday [27-10-2018] and was transported on trucks through Shenzhen port to Hong…

Kiwi brand expands into organics

New this kiwi season, Sun Pacific® said it is providing retailers with another opportunity to expand their organic offering and increase sales with the introduction of California-grown Organic Mighties® in a one-pound clamshell. Sun Pacific’s said it has invested in the Mighties brand to encourage kiwi consumption as a habit by offering enough…

Lychees go under hammer at Brisbane Markets® to raise $11,000 for charity

The Brisbane Produce Market’s charity partner, the MND & Me Foundation, will be the beneficiary of over $11,000 following a fundraising auction of the first boxes of…

“Egypt can now guarantee quality of pomegranates thanks to certification”

For the first time, Egyptian growers must be certified before they can export their pomegranates. After an early start to the harvest season, the effects of the mandatory certification can now be felt. And according to May Salem of FinBi, those effects are really positive. As the pomegranate season was about to…

Natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre

Piñatex® is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibres. The leaves are the by-product of pre-existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. At the same time they provide a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty free material for fashion…

Greece: Kiwifruit exports down due to larger Italian production and stocks from southern hemisphere

Greek kiwifruit exports are slow at this time. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, up until October, only 10,296 tons had been shipped, with 3,166 tons going to…

The efficacy of post-harvest fungicides on Greek kiwis

The kiwi is a very important crop for Greece. The post-harvest diseases are the principal source of problems for kiwis. The researchers of the Department of Agrarian Technologies of Sindos explained, “This study takes into account some of the general aspects of the post-harvest diseases of Greek kiwis.…

Tasting Japan’s 3,240-yen persimmon

Although foreign visitors to Japan are often shocked when they visit a Japanese grocery store and see extremely expensive fruit (like watermelons selling for 5,000 yen (US$45) or more), those fancy fruits exist in addition to, not as replacements for, cheaper versions of the same fruits. They come in classy packaging and…

Brisbane Markets: Lychees raise AU$11,000 for charity

A fundraising auction for the first boxes of lychees of the season, held on Thursday, 25 October on the trading floor of Brisbane Markets raised $11,000 for the charity…

Big shortage expected later in season

UK: First US sweet potatoes loaded

The first containers of Jacana's US sweet potatoes were loaded on Monday and will arrive in the UK in around two weeks. Daniel Badger from the company visited North Carolina to see them being packed and loaded. "The first shipment is two containers, followed a week later by three, then it will increase to five…

Turkey: “We are very interested in doing business with the UK”

In Turkey the harvest of pomegranates is almost coming to an end, with some companies having already finished the harvesting. For Turkish company Hatipoglu Tarim the season went very well, with larger quantities and great prices. The pomegranate season looks quite different from other fruits and vegetables this year.…

Willem Dijk junior:

"Turkish trade is of great importance"

Earlier in the year, Dutch produce wholesaler, Willem Dijk AGF formed a partnership with Finike of Hatipoglu Tarin from Antalya, Turkey. "They are a strong partner who understand what you want when it comes to quality, volumes, and logistics", says Willem junior. "After a difficult summer, things are back to normal. Making clear…


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