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Costa Rica is expected to lose the dispute over Hass avocado with Mexico

The World Trade Organization (WTO) still hasn't issued a resolution regarding the dispute over Hass avocado trade between Costa Rica and Mexico. However, experts expect that Costa Rica will lose the dispute because of the mistakes that the Costa Rican authorities made when they decided to unilaterally to…

Indian ginger sees lower output and high prices

India might be able to grab a significant chunk of the global ginger market, now that the Covid-19 outbreak in China is impacting that nation's exports. India is the largest…

Solid season for California kiwis

California still has ample supplies of kiwifruit. “We have plentiful supplies to go another two to three months,” says John Fagundes of Cal Harvest Marketing Inc. in Hanford, Ca. “I think we’ll wrap a little bit earlier though due to the good demand for California kiwis right now. But we’re right on…

Chinese garlic and ginger going out of stock in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, stocks of Chinese garlic and ginger have run out of markets and created a supply shortage, prompting the traders to increase the prices of other varieties of two key cooking ingredients. The shortage was due to import postponement from China, the largest source for the two spices, amid…

Antimicrobial effect and possible phytotoxicity of plant extract in controlling postharvest anthracnose of dragon fruit

Scientists at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, have evaluated the antifungal effect of ginger, turmeric rhizome and “dukung anak” (medicinal herb) crude extract against Colletotrichum gloeosporioides at minimal concentrations 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10.0 g/L (in vitro). Furthermore, the…

Pherzawl district - India

Horticulture Dept sends ginger consignment to Delhi Company

The Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), with the official support and backing of the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department, is geared up to ship the organic ginger produced by the 1,000 ginger growers of the Pherzawl district. The destination: Nature and Cure, a Dubai based company. As part of…

Gerardo Gutierrez of Jackman Foods:

“Jackfruit as a meat-replacement is a winning product”

Convenient access to healthy foods and plant-based alternatives has been a fast growing consumer trend in the past decade. One of the popular fruits which has broken into the market as a meat-replacement is jackfruit. Gerardo Gutierrez of Jackman Foods says: “It has a texture similar to shredded meat or…

"Chinese consumers purchase kiwi fruit based on sugar content and edibility"

"The global production volume of kiwi fruit doubled in size in the last five years because the surface area devoted to kiwi fruit plantation worldwide continuously grows. Competition in the kiwi fruit industry has consequently intensified and the price continues to fall." This is according to Mr. Qi Zhe,…

The volume of Peruvian pitahaya exports fell by 63% in 2019

Peruvian pitahaya exports haven't taken off yet. In fact, in 2019, the country exported 6.3 tons of this fruit worth $ 59,000 and an average price of $9.8 per kilo, which is 63% less than the volume exported in 2018. According to Fresh Fruit, in 2019, Peruvian shipments were mainly sent to the…

Indonesia: Garlic prices up due to Coronavirus panic buying

According to Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, the coronavirus that originated from China’s province of Wuhan has started to affect Indonesia’s domestic…

Weather triggers two-tier Yuca market

Rains in Costa Rica are making for an almost two-tier Yuca market in North America. “There’s definitely a little more product this year. However the weather has been bad. It’s been raining a lot,” says Luis Tomasino of Tomasino Farms, Inc. in Orlando, Fl. “The rains have been consistent and that’s what everybody’s…

Dan Mathieson - CEO Zespri

Re-brand, red kiwifruit and coming season

Zespri launched their re-brand at Fruit Logistica, the first in 23 years. They say consumer research has shown that the new logo is recognised 2.5 seconds faster than the previous one and it will increase the likelihood to purchase by 29%. CEO Dan Mathieson said that the recognition factor is a lot in…

Azienda ortofrutticola Rimfruit - Catenaro

Green kiwifruit prices dropped at the start of the year

"We are investing in new crops - both traditional green Hayward kiwifruit and new golden and red-flesh varieties. We are doing so by supporting all our partners from both a technical and financial point of view. Over the next three years, there will be new hectares at Azienda Agricola Catenaro Italo and…

Bangladesh government looks beyond China to import garlic and other essentials

The Bangladesh government has started searching alternative markets to source garlic and other essential items to avert any possible disruption in supplies that might occur…

Peruvian physalis exports increased by 11,175% in 2019

In December 2019, Peru exported 6.2 tons of physalis or aguaymanto, which represents a significant increase compared to the 55 kilos that were shipped abroad in 2018,…

Mar del Plata produces 80% of Argentina's kiwis

Almost four decades after the first kiwi plants arrived in Mar del Plata, the region has 400 hectares dedicated to its cultivation which produce 80% of all the kiwi in…

Stef de Lange, SDL Boerdery

Levubu farmer breaks down resistance to new white guava

Recent heavy rains in eastern Limpopo have lifted the spirits of the province’s fruit and nut farmers, among them Stef de Lange of SDL Boerdery. “We’re very grateful for the rain – we had more than 300mm over two days," he says. The rain will be good for sizing on all their fruit, including lemons. The…

Sales of exotic mushrooms up 16% on last year

Think Dry Jan and Veganuary are just for the first month of the year, think again - as sales figures from Waitrose & Partners show - customers are sticking to these popular…

Tom Murray, Woolworths

Woolworths kicks off its third year of selling only local avos

The longest distance that avocados for the South African branches of Woolworths now have to travel, is 2,600km, the distance between Chimoio in Mozambique and Cape Town, for a few weeks in February before South Africa’s own harvest starts in earnest. Avocado orchards in Mozambique (photo courtesy of…

Direct Fresh GmbH expand Chinese garlic assortment

"Loose black garlic has the potential to become an interesting niche"

Hamburg import company Direct Fresh LLC has been offering loose Chinese garlic for a long time. Over the years, the purple garlic variety has become an interesting niche in the German trade. For almost two months now, the company has also included black solo garlic in its range. Although marketing of the…

Hayward Medal awarded to Ian Greaves for pastoral care of kiwifruit industry

The kiwifruit industry’s Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal recognising outstanding contributions has this year been awarded to Ian Greaves, for the life-saving pastoral care he provided the industry during the Psa outbreak. Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Committee Chair and Zespri Director Tony Hawken presented…

Uncertainty in the southern hemisphere's kiwi season in the face of the situation in China

The Chilean Kiwi Committee has noted the market trends observed in Europe and their possible impact on Chilean producers in the upcoming campaign. This year, Fruit Logistica was strongly influenced by the current situation in China, and marked by a large presence of Indian importers insistently seeking…

“Huge shortages and daily price increases for Chinese ginger”

The coronavirus situation in China is causing inevitable delays in ginger supplies to Europe. “Production is currently at only 50% of the usual volume,” Not only shortages of labor but also a lack of sufficient packing material and logistic service” says Paul Yin of B&C Lifestyle. This company has a…

High prices on imported okra from Honduras

Okra is available in the United States year-round, and most of the supplies come from domestic growers. Florida is a major okra-producer and the season begins in April and runs to November or December, depending on the weather. During the gap in Florida’s supply from November/December through April, the…

New South Wales, Australia

Bushfire-ravaged Mid North Coast farm faces more destruction from rain and floods

In three short months, Ms Kay Bridge has seen first-hand the extremes this Australian summer has produced; her garlic farm on the New South Wales Mid North Coast has been ravaged by both fire and rain. Ms Bridge lives with her husband in the tiny community of Lower Creek, between Kempsey and Armidale. In…

First New Zealand company to be granted Key Trademark Protection Status

Zespri wins crucial legal battle in China

Zespri has become the first New Zealand company to be granted Key Trademark Protection Status in China, ensuring greater protections against copyright infringements.  The recognition,…

NZ kiwiberry harvest looking positive

The NZ Kiwiberry harvest is due to start in early February, and is expected to run for two months from early February to early April.   “Although it is a short season, Kiwiberries are receiving an increase in global popularity,” says Geoff Oliver, Chairman of the NZ Kiwiberry Grower Association. “As in industry we are…

Garlic prices Indonesia soar due to worries about Chinese shipments

Indonesia is struck by surging garlic prices as the fast-spreading coronavirus causes fears over supply disruptions. That’s because China accounts for about 80% of the world’s…

Avocado's water consumption is proportional to its nutritional value

The avocado has become the superfood of the twenty-first century. Technical improvements in the avocado harvest within recent years have allowed substantial reduction in its water footprint. Present in all types of diets, no other food offers the same nutritional value for the per-liter amount of water…

Bangladesh Ministry considers alternative sources for garlic, ginger

Bangladesh will look for alternative markets to source garlic, ginger and other spices in case the coronavirus outbreak is prolonged, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi yesterday. “We will not face any difficulties if onion imports from China are stopped. However, we are observing the supply situation of…

Ricardo Kotze, BothaRoodt

Tight avo market but Fuertes from Tzaneen will start picking up

Avocado volumes are surprisingly low on the market, says Ricardo Kotze, avocado specialist at BothaRoodt market agency at the Johannesburg fresh produce market. “We’ve received the first Fuerte, mostly from Tzaneen. There was a little bit from Kenya, just a handful of pallets, at the beginning of…

First shipment of Taiwanese guava arrives in US

The first shipment of guava from Taiwan arrived in Los Angeles late last month. The shipment of 13 tons of guava took just over 20 days to arrive in the port, having departed Tainan in the south of the country on December 27. An event was held in the port of Long Beach celebrating the arrival of the…

Prices soar on Central Java as well, due to coronavirus

India: Garlic price soars to all-time high

Though prices of onions have come down with supply from Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan, another essential item of kitchen produce is touching an all-time high…

2 major innovations for eco-responsible packaging of exotic fruits and vegetables

According to a study carried out by the Ellen McArthur foundation, “if nothing is done to eradicate plastic pollution, the oceans could contain a ton of plastic for three tons of fish as of 2025. In 2050, the weight of plastic would be heavier than the weight of marine fish.” Faced with this…

Zespri reveals bold new brand identity

Zespri, the world’s leading marketer of kiwifruit, has unveiled its first new look in its 22-year history, with a refreshed brand providing a strong platform for the company to continue its recent growth. With operating revenue of $3.14 billion in 2018/19, Zespri continues to make excellent progress…

Fruitgrowing Quality promotes their cultivation in Spain

"There will always be profitability for the producers of yellow and red club kiwifruit"

The company Fruitgrowing Quality has embarked on a new project for the production of three alternative varieties of licensed kiwifruit, two yellow-fleshed and another…

Malaga producing the first Spanish soursop

The province of Malaga has special climatic conditions that allow it to be one of the few European regions where tropical fruits can be produced. In fact, it has already…

Consorzio Kiwi Passion is established with the objective of pleasing consumers

The newly-formed Consorzio Kiwi Passion (KP) aims at launching, developing, safeguarding, promoting and selling special kiwifruit varieties. The consortium was created on the initiative of CamFruit, represented by Claudio Dal Pane and Enza Fruit licencee for a red kiwifruit variety,  and of FruitsWorldWide…

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Mexican avocado exports break records in January 2020

The Association of Avocado Producers, Packers, and Exporters of Mexico (APEAM) reported that the country had achieved a new record in the export of avocados to the US this…

Two major innovations for ecofriendly exotic fruit and vegetable packaging

According to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation study, «the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight). In response to that environmental emergency, the Environment and Community Ministry launched France’s National…

Garlic prices Nepal skyrocket as import from China stops

The retail price of dry garlic imported from China climbed to a record high in the domestic market last Sunday as imports from China have stopped since the past two weeks…

Primland confirms development and complementary nature of its product lines

Since the CADRALBRET cooperative, located in Nérac, joined its cooperative union in 2019, Primland has had a potential yield of 16,000 tonnes per year.  Oscar produces OSCAR GOLD…

Limited availability of large size pineapples

Volumes for large pineapple sizes are lower than usual right now because of some adverse weather conditions in Costa Rica, says Adriana Garcia from Chestnut Hill Farms. “There have been some intense rains in Costa Rica recently which has had some impact on the production. We also have less large size…

Kiwifruit vine decline expresses a pathobiome

Kiwifruit vine decline is a complex disease. Mr Scortichini studied the etiological role of clostrida and reported that excessive rain or irrigation in soil compacted by the passing of machinery may cause temporary asphyxia conditions that activate clostridia (Gram+ bacteria, anaerobic), which in turn…

Mitrosilis SA on the upcoming kiwi season

Lower Italian kiwi production creates opportunities for Greece

The lack of Italian quantity and quality in their kiwis could prove a perfect opportunity for the kiwi growers in Greece. Despite only having a third of the acreage that Italy has, Greece is expecting a harvest of around 250,000 tons of kiwis, which is quite close to the expected Italian harvest. According…

France will increase kiwi exports to Colombia

France, one of the most outstanding producers of this fruit worldwide, has turned its gaze to the Colombian fruit market due to the increase in demand for kiwifruit by…

Mexican mango season kicks off on time with the Ataulfo variety

The Mexican mango season is starting up with harvests in the southern regions of Oaxaca and Chiapas. The season starts with the Ataulfos in low volumes for both the conventional and organic markets, and the first fruit is expected to start trickling into the United States in February. The season will run…

Three new appointees welcomed

National Mango Board expands to include coverage of frozen mango

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has appointed three members from the frozen mango industry to serve on the National Mango Board (NMB). Two appointees will…

Peruvian fresh pomegranate exports increased by 15% in 2019

The Association of Peruvian Pomegranate Producers (ProGranada) reported that the country had exported 39,305 tons of fresh pomegranate in the 2019 campaign, i.e. 15% more than…

AVA-Asaja estimates the losses at 3,7 M€

Storm Gloria trumps the dream of Valencian kiwifruit producers

A decade ago, several agricultural producers in the Valencian town of Picassent started planting kiwifruit in the region, as they were looking for an alternative to oranges, whose price was falling sharply. The manager of the Agro-Cítrica cooperative, Vicente Fort, said that this town has ended up…

First report of Alternaria alternata on Quince trees in Iraq

Quince (Cydonia oblonga) is an important fruit tree that is native to the Western Asia region. Currently, it grows widely in countries with moderate and subtropical ecological conditions, including Iraq.  The fruits are consumed directly or processed as jams, jellies or marmalade. Moreover, several medical…

Esra Soyleyen on the previous year of Aksun

“We’re doubling our fig sales every year!”

Where some companies try to innovate constantly to beat the competition, others might be a bit more conservative, sticking to what has worked for them for years. For Aksun, it’s a mix of both. While investing in new machinery, they don’t feel like they need to reinvent the wheel every season. It’s worked…

Philippines Dept of Agriculture to monitor production and import of onion & garlic

The Department of Agriculture (DA) of the Philippines issued a stronger and more streamlined monitoring and evaluation scheme for both locally-produced and imported onions and…

The rise of the avocado in China

In China, avocados are still relatively unknown among consumers. They, therefore, need to be promoted a lot. They also still have a long way to go. However, this product's popularity is growing, and its potential is enormous.The Dutch company, FruitMax, is based in Shanghai, China. This company imports fruit for the Chinese…

“We are a one stop shop for all exotic veg, sourcing from over 25 countries"

Fresh4U based in the Western International Market in London, specialises in exotic fruit and vegetables which are becoming increasingly popular as many products previously considered exotic have become mainstream produce. There are new products being introduced every year which the company sources as per…

Scott Miller of Tropic Trading:

“Jackfruit is still mostly destined for the ethnic markets”

While jackfruit is grown year-round, the crop does have a high season that runs from spring to fall. Right now, the crop is in its low-season; producing lower volumes and being sold at higher prices. According to Scott Miller of California-based Tropic Trading, the lower volumes aren’t an issue because…

150,000 tons expected to be marketed ahead of the Super Bowl

Hail in Michoacán will not harm avocado exports to the US

The unusual hailstorms recorded this Monday in the avocado producing regions of Tancítaro, Periban and Ario de Rosales, in the Mexican state of Michoacán, have not caused significant damage to the fruit. Consequently, the export program launched ahead of the Super Bowl, where avocados are the "official…

Pascale Begoulle, SIKIG:

“There’s a certain loyalty to the French origin on the European market”

“The French kiwi market is active, but not particularly dynamic,” reports Pascale Begoulle of SIKIG. “This is not surprising because roughly all the fruit and vegetable markets in France are calmer than usual.” Besides France, SIKIG sells its kiwis in several European countries. “For the moment, the…

New Covent Garden Market report:

‘Exotic fruit and meat alternatives to fill plates in 2020’

According to New Covent Garden Market predictions, 2020's top trends will be flavoursome fruits, a focus on British and a new wave of meat alternatives. The market’s annual Fruit and Vegetable Trends Report 2020 is based on qualitative trader insights, with its wholesalers representing some of the…

Kiwifruit company Baygold convicted on environmental charges

Kiwifruit company Baygold has been convicted on two charges of restricted land use, being fined just under $50,000. The company previously pleaded guilty to both charges and…

Compañía Aguacatera del Sur: “Our main strategy is still working with the best”

"We will seek a balance between exporter expectations and the capacity of European operators"

Compañía Aguacatera del Sur has taken stock of the 2019 avocado campaign in Europe and analyzed the forecasts of what is coming in the 2020 campaign. "It has been a season packed with great challenges, but we have faced the year's various campaigns setting objectives for each of them, and the results…

Costa Rica strengthens its avocado sector with its National Avocado Plan

The Government of Costa Rica will present the National Avocado Plan on Wednesday, January 22. The plan was jointly prepared by the national avocado producers and the Ministry…

Michoacan produces 76% of Mexico's cherimoyas

According to data from the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service (Siap), the Mexican state of Michoacan produces 173 tons of the 259 tons of the cherimoya that…

India: West Bengal was no.1 vegetable producing state in 2018-19

For the year 2018-19, West Bengal has emerged as the number one Indian state regarding vegetable production, according to the data presented at a recent horticultural meeting.…

Zespri’s Momentum 2020 conference

“We’re challenging ourselves to continue to grow and do even better in the years ahead"

Among the topics on the agenda for Zespri’s Momentum 2020 conference at Mount Maunganui in February are: climate change, futures research and playing “the Infinite Game”. The conference is expected to attract some 400 New Zealand and international delegates. It is also a chance for kiwifruit marketers to…

Nicolas Parra of Ocati:

“We are expecting to increase goldenberries by 40% for the US market”

The goldenberry goes by many names – physalis, gooseberry, and, of course, goldenberry. The main growing regions are located in South America, with Colombia being one of the largest producers of the product. While this berry is still considered as exotic, and a good amount of consumers remain puzzled by…

Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora

Hass avocado sequencing could accelerate the obtaining of new varieties

The Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora has conducted a study that may entail great progress in the obtaining of new avocado varieties, almost halving the necessary period to achieve this. La Mayora's contribution to the scientific community involves a greater…

Honduras exports its first container with Hass avocado to Costa Rica

In December 2019, Honduras made its first export of Hass avocados to Costa Rica. More than 45,000 pounds of Hass avocado from the farms of producers in the communities of El…

"Xinjiang winter jujubes production season overlaps Fujian green jujubes"

"The sales seasons of green jujubes has already started. Green jujube production areas in Fujian experienced relatively little rainfall during the 2019 production season,…

"The export volume of our Musang King durian steadily grows"

The durian is a popular fruit in the Chinese market. Malaysia has more than 200 durian varieties, but one stands out among all others. The Musang King durian is the most popular variety in the Chinese market. China gave Malaysia permission to export whole, frozen durian to the Chinese market in 2019.…

Juan Antonio Vila, of IMG:

"We hope that the sale of palm hearts will grow, there are hardly any European importers"

Palm hearts, which are the tender heart of the palm stem, is a product with increasing consumption in Europe. “It contains great amounts of fiber and iron and has virtually no fat. It is very versatile, but it is mostly consumed in salads. The product is highly demanded by vegetarians,” says Juan Antonio…

Short-term tight supplies of Buddha’s hand

Supplies of Buddha’s hand out of California look to be tightening up. “The supplies are okay. Ours are kind of light,” says Jaime Serrato of Serrato Farms in Valley Center, Ca. “Last year we had a lot of rain in our area and a lot of rotting on the fruit. I think it transfers to the trees a little bit…

Akebi; the purple exotic fruit that smells like chocolate

Akebi is a mysterious fruit that has a pretty purple hue. It's not a common fruit that one can find in any supermarket. The plant is native to the north of Japan, China and the Korean Peninsula. Because its flowers smell like chocolate, the plant is also called the chocolate vine. Akebi's beautiful…

Pedro Aguilar, general manager of Westfalia Fruit

Korea and Chile, the next destinations for Colombia's Hass avocado

Avocado has become a high-potential export product and currency generator for Colombia. The country's Hass avocado exports have gone from less than $300,000 in 2012 to more…

American demand for Mexican avocados continues to rise

The Department of Agriculture of the USA states in a report, that Mexican avocado exports to the US for the 2019/2020 agricultural year are expected to exceed one billion…

Turkey exports pomegranates to the UK and Ukraine

Korkuteli, Antalya, a city in southern Turkey, exports the pomegranates that were kept in cold storage to the UK and Ukraine. Over the past few years, the production of pomegranates have increased. Korkuteli district waits to the end of the season to export the pomegranates they have in cold storage.…

Gérard Lliso, Select Agrumes:

“After a period with very low prices, the avocado market is getting more balanced again”

For several weeks, avocados were sold on the market at very low prices. According to Gérard Lliso, president of Select Agrumes, the arrival of the Spanish origin on the market was one of the factors triggering this drastic drop in prices.                         “In November/December, there were many origins present simultaneously on the market, including Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Kenya, Israel and Morocco, so there was already some competition. Then Spain arrived, earlier this…

Kiwi is a new fruit to come out of Alabama

A new fruit favorite has shown up among the locally grown apples, pears and other autumn-ripening favorites: Alabama-grown kiwis. As most of us know, these egg-shaped fruit is…

"Product quality of Chinese wax apples is better than last season"

The production season of Chinese wax apples is in full swing. Although some production areas were slightly delayed this year, the overall supply volume is rapidly growing. Market feedback shows that consumers are quite happy with the wax apples this year. Mr. Fang Kaizhe, founder of the Shanghai…

Hitting 'all-time high'

New Zealand: Kiwifruit prices almost double in one year

Prices for kiwifruit have hit an 'all-time high'. Stats NZ has released figures showing that kiwifruit prices peaked in December, up 32 per cent with a weighted average of…

Promotable volumes available from late winter of 2020

High expectations for California avocado crop in 2020 season

California-based global avocado marketer Index Fresh is looking forward to an “on” year for the California crop. The company is expecting promotable volumes from late winter of 2020 into early fall. “We will be looking at extending the season on the front and back ends,” said Giovanni Cavaletto, VP of…

Samuel Owusu Amankwaa, Y.O.Amankwaa & Sons

“We’re expecting very promising volumes of pineapples and mangoes this season”

Five years ago Fruit Brothers Ghana was set up by Y.O.Amankwaa and Sons, an import and export company based in Accra, Ghana. It supplies the West African market with imported apples, grapes and plums while marketing mangoes and pineapples to Europe (both retail and wholesale) and the Gulf region. Fruit…

Ruud Kester, Produce IT:

"Light at the end of the tunnel after tough weeks on the avo market"

At the end of November, the avocado market suddenly faced a sharp drop in prices. "No-one saw it coming. Over two weeks, prices for 4kg dropped from €18 to €7. We, therefore, really went under the bottom line," says Ruud Kester of the Dutch company, Produce IT. They cultivate avocados in Mexico and…

The Spanish Hass avocado harvest is in full swing

In January, the Andalusian Hass avocado harvest is usually in full swing in Malaga's Axarquia and the tropical coast of Granada, which account for about 90% of Spain's total production. Due to the unique climatic conditions required for this profitable fruit to survive, its cultivation is limited to very…

Zespri chief grower and alliances officer Dave Courtney:

"Another good kiwifruit season is likely"

Although it’s early days yet, there are promising signs of it being another good year for kiwifruit. Zespri’s chief grower and alliances officer, Dave Courtney told Rural News…

The analysis of Maurizio Filippi, of Commercio Frutta

Kiwis: Good prices for producers, but quantities are lacking

This year we could reach even 0.90 - 1 euro per kilogram for kiwifruit producers, but the poor yields do not allow us to obtain a satisfactory PLV. Maurizio Filippi of Commercio Frutta will analyze the current market situation. Maurizio Filippi. "The product is lacking, and this is well known - he says -…

Colombia's exotic fruit exports increased by 6%

According to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Colombia ranks 22nd among the 223 countries in the world with the greatest potential for land expansion for agricultural use without affecting the natural forest area of the territory, with 9 million hectares still arable. This…

Pagoda launches Daba Musang King durian brand

Pagoda announces new standards for Musang King durian during grand ceremony in Beijing

Pagoda organized a grand ceremony in Beijing on the 9th of January to announce both the official new standards for Musang King durian and the Daba Musang King durian brand. During the press conference, Pagoda introduced an integrated system for Musang King durian standards in the Chinese market. The new…

Would you put kiwifruit on a pizza?

Danish creation: kiwifruit pizza

A Danish pizzeria has shocked the internet, having presented a ‘kiwifruit pizza’. The pizza, which is topped with ham and kiwifruit, has divided opinions. (What a shocker) A photo of the pizza was posted to Reddit, with the comment: "Kiwi pizza from a Danish pizzeria, an unholy abomination." But many people said they would want…

First NZ company to get trademark protection status in China

Zespri gains trademark protection in China

According to a spokesperson from Zespri International, this company has become the first New Zealand company to be granted key trademark protection status in China. The kiwifruit marketer said its status was granted last week by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Bureau, thereby ensuring greater…

"Consumer audience is stable"

"Chinese market is warming up again for Hainan wax apples"

The new harvest of Chinese wax apples entered the market in December, 2019. The wax apples enter the market around the same time as large volumes of apples but since the texture and flavor of wax apples are characteristic and unique, many consumers flock to the market to purchase wax apples. Mr. Rain…

Peru plans to increase Hass avocado exports in 2020

The president of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru (ProHass), Daniel Bustamante Canny, stated that this year the country would surpass the 285,000 tons of Hass…

China now open for Chilean kiwifruit

Chinese kiwifruit export to Chile is now allowed if the kiwi fruit meets the regulations in relevant Chinese laws as well as the regulations set out in the "Treaty between the…

Chinese goji berries' peak export season falls around Christmas

“Chinese goji berries' peak export season falls around Christmas. The volume of orders from Europe and the United States for our products began to increase significantly from the end of November. The export volume is expected to continue growing through to mid-January. We are very happy to see that more…

"Green jujube prices in China 50% higher than last year"

Currently, fruits are flooding into the Chinese market. In addition to cherries, apples, and oranges, jujubes are also a popular product in this market. "Our milk jujubes from…

Dennis Brito of Golden Sweet Spirit discusses golden berry production and marketing

“Successful first shipments of Ecuador golden berry to US”

In December 2019, the first shipment of golden berries from Ecuador was sent to the United States. Dennis Brito of Golden Sweet Spirit shares: “We started with the production of golden berries in Ecuador twenty years ago and have built it up from nothing. Fourteen years ago, we sent our first letter to…

Melissa Hartmann de Barros of HLB:

“We made the papaya a staple item in European stores”

Though still seen as an exotic fruit by many, papayas can be found at almost any major retailer in Europe and North America. HLB Tropical Food, which was formed in Germany by Homero Levy de Barros, was a major player in the development of the papaya market in Europe. When Levy de Barros moved to the US…

"Chinese market conditions for Hainan wax apples are better than last year"

Black Iron wax apples originate in Pingtung County in Taiwan. This is a wax apple variety that is based on the Black Pearl wax apple, which was cultivated and improved to create the Black Iron wax apple. The new variety was introduced to Hainan around the year 2000, which means the Black Iron wax apple…

More than 1,000 million tons of avocados will be exported to the US this campaign

US demands more and more Mexican avocados

According to a report from the US Department of Agriculture in December, Mexican avocado exports for the 2019/2020 campaign are expected to exceed 1,000 million tons, a…

South Korea resumes persimmon exports to Vietnam

On Wednesday, South Korean officials said the nation’s traders have resumed the export of persimmons to Vietnam after the two countries reached an agreement on terms over…

Promotional opportunities will be available in February

Higher volumes of Ecuador dragon fruit entering US market

The popularity of dragon fruit in the U.S. has been increasing the past few years and this has led to an expansion of the fruit’s production in Latin American countries. Florida-based Freshway Produce, Inc. imports their dragon fruit primarily from Ecuador, and received this season’s first shipment of…

Mr. Avocado brings ready-to-eat avocados to Harbin, China

At the beginning of 2020, Mr. Avocado, a leading Chinese brand of ready-to-eat avocados, was officially launched in the “Ice City” Harbin through B.U.T Mart with a large-scale promotional roadshow. After a lot of research, Mr. Avocado chose B.U.T Mart supermarkets under the B.U.T Commercial Group, a…

José Illan, Tresacois:

“Slow start for the French kiwi campaign”

“The French kiwi campaign is starting slowly,” according to José Illan, commercial director of the Tresacois farm located in the south of France. “The market is not very active yet because other origins are still available, like Greece and Italy, but we really hope to switch to the French origin within a…

"The domestic production season is coming to an end, but the import season has not yet begun"

"Temporary shortage of pomegranate supply in China"

There are great differences in the pomegranate market conditions. Although the price was relatively high at the beginning of the season, some fruits were harvested too early, and this affected the price development later in the season. The production season is now coming to an end and the supply volume…

Tanzania: JV Biotech Enterprises supports cassava farmers

JV Biotech Enterprises, which falls under the Directorate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the University of Dar es Salaam, is now building capacity to local cassava…

Hugo Flores of Pampa Store:

“We have a steady supply of our Argentinian Brown Turkey figs“

Argentinian Brown Turkey figs exports this year started early December and for Pampa Store, the first shipment is destined to UK. Hugo Flores says: “We have been exporting the Brown Turkey figs worldwide for about 10 years with excellent acceptance of the variety by the markets and its end  consumers due its…

The water footprint of avocados in Spain reduced to 600 liters per kilo

The World Avocado Organization (WAO) has reported that the constant improvements and advances achieved in avocado cultivation have allowed the amount of water needed to…

Mauritius: Nets to protect lychees from bats

The Mauritius fruit bat (Pteropus niger) has been the subject of repeated culling campaigns, in response to pressure from the fruit-growing industry concerned over damage to commercially valuable orchard crops such as lychees. More than 31,000 fruit-bearing lychee trees also exist in private backyards,…

The Dominican Republic seeks to position itself in the global greenskin avocado market

The Dominican Republic is looking to position itself as the world's largest exporter of greenskin tropical avocado thanks to the Exporta Quality Program (PEC), funded by the…

Hass avocado continues to gain ground in Colombia's Quindio

The Colombian department of Quindio could soon be the leading producer of avocado in the country thanks to the investments in Hass avocado made there in recent years. In the last three years, five foreign companies from Chile and Peru have planted more than 2,600 hectares of Hass avocado in Quindio.…

Iran: Mazandaran province exported 100,000 tons of kiwis since March

A total of 100,000 tons of kiwis have been exported from Iran’s northern Mazandaran province since the beginning of the current fiscal year (March 21). This comes down to a twofold increase compared with last year’s corresponding period. According to Abdollah Mohajer, the head of Mazandaran Chamber of…

Investigating the fatty acid and VOCs profile in avocado genotypes grown in East-Central Florida

Worldwide avocado consumption is growing due to potential health benefits. Most research has been focused on Hass cultivar, whose performance is not well in Florida. Scientists at USDA-ARS Horticultural Research Laboratory of Ft. Pierce (Florida, USA) have evaluated the profile of fatty acids and…

Mexico: Avocado cultivation could cause an ecological collapse in 50 years

Several specialists have warned that the environmental cost of cultivating avocados, one of the most popular fruits in the world, was so high that it could cause an ecological collapse in less than 50 years. The main environmental impacts generated by the production of this fruit include the decrease in…

Waikato, more known for its green pasture than green kiwifruit is now home to almost 600ha

People looking to invest in horticulture in New Zealnd typically look to Northland for avocados, the Bay of Plenty for kiwifruit, and Hawke's Bay for apple orchards. But according to The New Zealand Herald continuing strong demand for horticultural crops and increasing pressure on land prices and…

Board to boost participation in booming pineapple industry

The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) aims to attract more companies to go into pineapple cultivation in the country. Its Director-General, Ruhaida Mashhor said it was…

Greek kiwi season comes with large sizes

The kiwi season in Greece is in full swing, and according to one exporter it has been a steady season so far. Despite a shortage in smaller sizes, there is enough volume available overall. Entering the Argentinian market however, came with some challenges for them. The year 2020 is shaping up to be an…

Cameron Carter - Seeka Australia

"We will see a steady increase in volumes over each season ahead as more production comes online"

Seeka Australia are looking forward to a good kiwifruit season despite the very hot and dry conditions. "We are delighted with the kiwifruit fruit set in Australia. The early view of the crop is good. The weather however is very hot, and dry and there is a long way to go to get to harvest. So we are…

David Posner - Awe Sum Organics

“Our first organic grapes from Peru will arrive in the US in the first week of January"

As Awe Sum Organics ramps up their imports of Chilean blueberries with the first arrivals from their main Organic Blueberry Farm located in Southern Chile, which are due to arrive on both the East and West Coast over the Christmas Holiday period, David Posner, Awe Sum’s CEO takes a look at what is coming…

Ortogel Spa

Blood orange prices extremely low

Ortogel confirms the difficulties that affected the 2019/20 citrus fruit campaign caused by the weather and market dynamics and reports a 520% drop in volumes. "Unfortunately, the segment is also affected by the fact that Sicilian blood oranges are quoted at the same price of the produce from South…

Queensland researchers developing red skin custard apple variety

A new red skin custard apple selection has the potential to expand export markets and promote the traditional green skin varieties both domestically and internationally, according to researchers at Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF). The variety was formed as part of the custard…

US importer doubles volume of South African lychees

Despite a challenging start, the South African lychee import season is making positive headway. One US importer, Seasons Farm Fresh, said it is planning to double imports this season. It is the fourth year that the company has marketed South African lychees. After beginning with a trial of just 10…

Gerry Li, Rida Trade:

“2019 was an exceptional year for ginger”

The 2019 ginger year will be remembered as exceptional. “The harvest in China was not as good as expected,” says Gerry Li. Li is the Sales Manager at produce wholesaler, Rida Trade. This company is located in Poeldijk, the Netherlands. “It was 20 to 30% lower. This caused prices to rise at the beginning of…

Will the price of Vietnamese fruit drop after China improves import standards?

China is the most important export market for Vietnamese fruit. Data from January this year shows that nearly 75% of Vietnamese fruit export is destined for the Chinese fruit…

Spanish company manages to improve Hass avocado setting by 50%

A recent study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora has warned that, due to climate change, the flowering date of Hass avocados has been advanced in Spain, and that this could lead to issues with the pollination and a reduction of…

"Opening of Chinese market will promote the growth of durian industry in Malaysia"

The Chinese believe that durians can generate heat in the body, so they like to consume this fruit in the winter. As a result, the export of Malaysian durians to China is expected to enter peak time by the end of December. Mr. He, Manager of Newleaf Plantation Berhad, Malaysia, talked about production…

Costa Rica: 500-hectare pineapple farm project suspended due to environmental concerns

The Costa Rican Corporación Agrícola del Monte SA-Pindeco proposed a project that would have established a 500-hectare pineapple farm near Palmar Sur. The project, however, has been suspended for environmental reasons by Costa Rica’s Environment and Energy Ministry (MINEA) because opponents argued that…

Strawberry prices down for Christmas, but kiwifruit prices up

In November, kiwifruit prices rose 67 per cent, to a weighted average price of $6.25 per kilogram. This compares with $3.32 in November last year. "We typically see kiwifruit…

"We expect our pitahaya volumes to increase by 40 per cent next year"

The pitahaya is doing well in Nicaragua, thanks to hard work and collaboration with a team of agronomists. According to one exporter, the yields have increased by more than 30 per cent and it is expected that volumes will increase by 40 per cent next year. For Nicaraguan pitahaya exporter Sol Organica it…


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