Exotic fruit and vegetables

The pandemic delays the entry of Peruvian pomegranates to China

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

More colour and a brighter future for Nicaraguan red pitaya farmers

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

Mountain Food Products, North Carolina

Local produce distributor steers its business over rough roads

At 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of 2021, a rapid and practiced choreography unfurls at Mountain Food Products’ warehouse and loading dock behind the WNC Farmers Market. Meghan…

Pressure on Malaysian durian export grows

Production volume of Malaysian durian significantly declined

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

India: Turmeric prices on the rise in India

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

IDeA Agro and Agrintesa partner for production of SunGold yellow kiwi

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

'Kiwi is the fruit of Italian well-being'

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

Zambian farmers hope to partner with Chinese garlic growers

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

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

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

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

Export price of Chinese ginger increased by 40%

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

Interview with Pankaj Khandelwal, Chairman and Managing Director of INI Farms

'INI Farms has more than 5000 farmers, located in eight Indian states'

Pankaj Khandelwal is the Chairman and Managing Director of INI Farms –a Vertically Integrated Branded Fruit Company. With its flagship products of banana, pomegranate and…

Demand for frozen durian shoots up in 2020

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

Kurdistan Region: Ban on pomegranate imports lifted

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

Zimbabwe: Garlic farmers urged to increase exports

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

Chinese export of edible fungi greatly declined due to Covid-19 pandemic

Most of the edible fungi-related expositions and activities were either canceled or delayed last year because of the outbreak of Covid-19. Now that the situation in China is improving, some of these activities have been put back on the agenda. The China Edible Fungi Association will organize the "third…

January-November 2020: Azerbaijani tomato exports up

Azerbaijan increased its tomato exports by 13.3 percent during the period January to November 2020. In this period, Azerbaijan exported 176,000 tons of tomatoes worth $190.4…

Ginger combats certain autoimmune diseases in mice

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

Recovery and development of quince cultivation in Spain

Quince is a minority crop in Spain, produced mostly for processing into traditional quince paste, which is why it is produced by the same companies that manufacture quince derivatives. In recent years, the acreage has been significantly reduced in Spain due to the impact of pests such as fire blight; a…

Matsutake mushrooms, a Japanese delicacy that can cost up to € 2,000/kg

Matsutake mushrooms are one of the most coveted products in Japan, and they are gaining more and more culinary followers in Spain. A kilo of these mushrooms can cost up to €…

Both a radish and a root vegetable – the watermelon radish

Who has heard of the watermelon radish? The people who have, love that it’s a radish and a root vegetable; it is derived from the heirloom Chinese Daikon radish. The…

Chinese ginger export declines because of shipping delays and rising shipping cost

Shipping costs have been rising for months and all around the world. One of the victims of this development is Chinese ginger export. Take the British market for example,…

Chinese export volume in November was higher than in previous 12 years

The Chinese garlic market calmed down in November. Following the rapid price increase in October, outside investors and speculators slowed down their activities and waited to…

Mango cultivars good for the tropical regions of Australia

Mango is an important crop of high nutritional and economic value, grown throughout tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. The global production of mango in 2018 was…

Magazine includes Frieda Caplan in its 2020 memorial

INC. Magazine has issued its tribute to iconic entrepreneurs who died in 2020 and included Frieda Rapoport Caplan, the founder of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. Caplan passed…

Cooperative of pitaya growers in Huelva sees membership double

Pitaya production is starting to take off in the Spanish province of Huelva. The president of Huelva's first pitaya production cooperative, Alberto Garrocho, said to Efe that…

Less foodservice demand for passionfruit affects pricing minimally

Supplies of passionfruit right now are solid. “We have a good supply of passionfruit. We have enough volume to cover all of the demand and a bit more,” says Frank Martinez of Homestead, FL based A.R. Produce Supplies of the exotic fruit are grown locally in Florida for A.R. and Martinez notes there’s…

High prices decrease demand for exotic fruits in Moldova

In the last week of 2020, the range of exotic fruits and vegetables increased noticeably in Moldovan retail chains. The product line had grown by at least 20%. However,…

Uzbek persimmon exports exceeded 88,000 tons in 2020

For the first 11 months of 2020, Uzbekistan exported 88,900 tons of persimmons for a total of $44.2 million. Compared to last year, the export volume of this fruit increased…

Masseria Fruttirossi, "A further 70 hectares for next campaign"

Overwhelming orders for pomegranates may bring a premature end to commercial campaign

"We were originally aiming to extend the sales of pomegranates for at least all of February, but despite having three times the volume in production compared to 2019, the demand is overwhelming. The increase in demand is forcing us to end commercialization earlier than expected, by the end of January…

Demand for guava could soften in January

Supplies of imported guava from Mexico are currently average. “The supply level of guava is medium-high and this year's weather hasn't been too cold in the growing areas,” says Alberto Diaz of Spring Valley Fruits in Pharr, TX. “Last year it was not too cold during the last months of the year. Supply was…

Vincent Keesenberg – Origin Fruit

Tree-ripe South African mangoes give South American fruit a good go

"Our mangoes are so beautiful, it seems a shame to just pack them into a container,” specialist fruit exporter Vincent Keesenberg of OriginFruit was told by Hoedspruit mango and citrus grower Rederberg Estate. Their feeling turned out to be quite correct: the first season of sending tree-ripe mangoes by…

“We aim to introduce Turkish kiwi to new markets in our very first season”

Turkish kiwis have been cultivated for decades, but recently the volumes of exports have been increasing. One large Turkish fruit exporter will be dipping its toes in the kiwi export for the first time this year, and expectations are hopeful. Next to already existing markets in the Middle East, Italy and…

Michel van den Berg, VOF de Best, the Netherlands

"Hospitality sector closure puts exotics prices under pressure"

The Dutch wholesaler, VOF De Best, has seen the demand for exotics rise as Christmas draw nears. But Michel van den Berg adds that market prices for many of these fruits are…

Increased demand for dates and date products

The anti-corona measures have been having a yo-yo effect on consumer spending. Date trader Mustapha Chihabi of Tomoor in Belgium has, therefore, noticed that business…

Peru is expected to produce more than 20,000 tons of ginger in 2020

According to Peruvian ginger or kion, the return of a star, a study prepared by the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), national ginger production has…

New Chinese lychee season facing challenges due to La Niña

China is the world’s largest producer of lychee. Over recent years, lychees from this country have been gaining access to more and more countries, and the export volume is also rising steadily. At present, the new flowering season is around the corner, but due to La Niña, production areas are facing…

Searching for new markets for socially conscious exotics

With the new year comes potentially new opportunities—that’s what Sharleen and Gerry Moodie are hoping for. Farmers harvesting dragon fruit in Vietnam. The couple, who’ve worked in Laos, Tanzania and Honduras for the past six years and are currently based in Leamington, ON, are working with Socodevi.org,…

Carel van Krimpen, Greenpoint Trading, the Netherlands

"Christmas doesn't affect avocado sales; they're good all year long"

Of all the exotics on the market, avocados are the top seller. Greenpoint Trading has been focusing on this product in recent years. This Dutch company sells it under its Avojoy brand. "We get these Avojoy avocados exclusively from our supplier, Westfalia," says Carel van Krimpen, Greenpoint Trading's owner.…

Jeroen Groenewegen, Yex, the Netherlands

"This Christmas, using exotic fruit and vegetables for indoor barbecuing is becoming a real hit"

You can bring the most unusual exotic fruits to market but, if people aren't familiar with them, they won't sell. After all, unknown means unloved. "That's why, every day, we work on introducing consumers to our exotic fruit range. We do so through recipes, information, and other forms of inspiration,"…

Tim Struckman, Exotic Roots, the Netherlands

"Rising demand, especially from specialty stores"

At Exotic Roots, the demand for exotic fruits hasn't yet increased as Christmas approaches. However, Tim Struckman is still pleased. Tim owns this Dutch wholesaler that…

Tygho Kampschöer, Fruvexco

"Ginger's quality varies greatly on European market"

Tygho Kampschöer of Fruvexco, in the Netherlands, says sales are going quite well. That's despite the lack of sales to the hospitality sector. "All the channels where people can go to buy fruit and vegetables are running well," he says. "Many people are focusing on more varied, healthier cooking during this…

Fresh wasabi, grown in England

As an exotics specialist, Bud Holland already boasts a wide assortment of unusual products. However, this Dutch company is always on the lookout for unique, new items to add to their range. They have had fresh wasabi, grown in England, on offer for about six or seven years already. "This British farm has been cultivating watercress…

Ties Minnen, Afrifruta:

"In Mozambique, you can't just quickly organize something; everything comes from afar"

"Demand is excellent and is only increasing," says AfriFruta's Ties Minnen about its naturally-dried mango and coconut. "These are healthy snacks. Dried coconut is very healthy and filling. It's becoming very popular. And the dried mango is just as popular as dried apricots, dates, and figs. Demand from…

Alonso Salcedo of Añawi:

“We hope to increase our exports of organic ginger to the US by 40-50% next year”

The demand for Peruvian organic ginger in the US market has been on the rise in recent years, and while the reduction of foodservice during the pandemic has dampened overall demand, the retail sector continues to see strong demand. For Añawi’s organic ginger, the US is not currently their main…

Ralf Settels (Jiahe Germany LLC) on tight market situation

"The ginger market is clearly under pressure at the moment"

Ginger prices have come under pressure in recent weeks. "Everyone thought we would be 20 percent above last year's level in terms of volume and sales. In reality, sales are about the same or even a little weaker. Which has led to expensive stocks with medium grades. At the same time, several major…

Ad Verkerk, MBF (Meadowbrook Farms) Savannah, the Netherlands

"It's a choice - a cheap, poor taste experience or pay slightly more for delicious mangos"

"It's up and down," is how Ad Verkerk, MBF (Meadowbrook Farms) Savannah describes Dutch fruit and vegetable trading of late. "There's  currently little control. Many people in the trade sector are waiting to see what will happen. Nevertheless, I expect good sales in the coming weeks. Consumers want to serve…

EU supports Zanzibar small farmers to boost horticulture

Project Monitoring and Research Manager Ally Mbarouk stated that more than 20,000 Zanzibar smallholder farmers engaged in horticulture are set to benefit from a project to…

Bryan Douglas, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

"Cargo space still scarce for fruit and vegetables"

With Christmas fast approaching, fruit and vegetable sales will again climb 'a little' in Belgium and the Netherlands. People like to serve something special, so exotic fruit…

Zimbabwe: Garlic growers enter global markets

Smallholder garlic growers in Zimbabwe’s Gutu Central constituency  have entered into a partnership with ZimTrade and local seed houses to increase their productivity. This arrangement…

Daniël Penturij, Explosive Foods, the Netherlands

"Despite the strange year, we're expecting good sales this Christmas"

Two to three years ago, most people didn't know what a pitahaya was. But, this exotic fruit is becoming increasingly well-known in Europe. Dutch importer, Explosive Foods, bring this, and other products in from South-East Asia. Thailand, in particular, is an important country of origin for the company.…

Confidence in home cooking here to stay

What produce trends can be expected in 2021?

Sheltering at home. Limited or no trips to restaurants at all. Wanting to eat healthier. These are some of the significant trends seen in a pandemic-filled 2020 that, of…

Honduran okra aims to compete with longer shelf life and year-round availability

Although okra is widely used in Caribbean, Creole, Cajun and Indian cuisines, many European consumers have yet to discover its unique texture and flavour. Thanks to the power of the Internet, more and more Europeans are embracing the nutritious value of this versatile vegetable. As interest grows,…

Cautiously optimistic early Mexican mango season start forecast in Oaxaca & Chiapas

For the last several weeks, the brothers Crespo of El Grupo Crespo – Jorge, Roberto and Jose Angel – have been driving through southern Mexico. After some initial hesitation in relaying some positivity, they concurred that it was time to officially announce an early start to the Mexican mango season in…

IFAPA considers chayote a good alternative for Almeria's greenhouses

Chayote, also known as Chilean squash, is a superfood that is becoming increasingly available in Spanish supermarkets. This South American fruit has a high content of vitamin…

Riverland fig farm thrives under grower Kate Strachan

Kate Strachan mostly produces black genoa figs but has brown turkey and white Adriatic varieties as well. Based in the well-known food bowl region of the Riverland in South…

Prices drop by almost 60% as South Africa enters peak mango season

South Africa has a good mango crop this year which is estimated at 75,000 tonnes, roughly the same as last year. Very favourable climatic conditions during flowering and fruit set led to an expectation of a crop larger than last year's, but thrips damage to blooms and young fruit in the Hoedspruit area…

Global trade in ginger continues to grow: China sets the stage

This year, more (“fresh”) ginger will be traded internationally again. This is despite the fact that in the main export countries, problems are sometimes reported around the harvest. Due to the corona crisis, the demand for seasoning ginger has grown strongly. China is by far the most important export…

Chinese ginger prices may fall but not to a great extent

Recently, ginger prices on the market have been on the rise. Generally speaking, the planted area over recent years has been stable with slight increases, but natural…

Once again, Peru deploys its 'Super Foods Peru' promotional campaign in Asian markets

For the past decade, Peru has been demonstrating its firm intention to establish itself as a preferred commercial partner in Asia. The signing of new protocols and agreements,…

White dragon fruit season out of Ecuador will bring in high volumes in the new year

White dragon fruit out of Ecuador is now starting to arrive to the US in higher volumes. Jose Roggiero of Freshway Produce shares: “This year is actually the first year that we received product from Ecuador year-round, but there are periods of lower volume, the summer months specifically. Now we are…

Chinese ginger export starts two weeks early, but the product quality is less than ideal

Fresh ginger has high requirements for harvest time and storage time. The ginger harvest season usually begins when winter arrives. If the ginger is not stored properly for the right amount of time, then the ginger peel will fall off. Overseas market demand for Chinese ginger is high this season and many…

Kiwi gaining popularity with consumers and entrepreneurs in Tajikistan

The EastFruit team audited supermarket fruit and vegetable departments in eight cities in five countries on November 24-25, 2020. For the first time ever, kiwi fruit was included in our audit since its consumption is growing very rapidly worldwide. Tajikistan was expected to have the lowest presence of…

6000 kg available from Cambodian growers

Black ginger provides opportunities for European market

Black ginger is an old species, but provides relatively new opportunities for the fresh produce market. Kaempferia parviflora has dark purple roots and is an important plant, both in traditional medicine for several treatments as well as food supplements. Now there's an opportunity for the European or…

Vietnam: Durian, pomelo, passion fruit to be exported to China

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the total import-export turnover of agricultural products between Vietnam and China reached more than US$9.8…

Exotic items such as calabaza see increased demand

Supplies of calabaza are good and prices are currently strong. Alan Goldberg of A&B Tropical Produce in Miami, FL notes that supplies generally come from Costa Rica. “I think supplies are up over last year—there were slightly better weather conditions. The dryer, the better for them—too much water and…

California kiwifruit grower partners with Hazel Tech

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for the fresh produce industry to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announced a new partnership with Reedley, CA-based Kliewer Farms, a grower of California kiwifruit, stone fruit, and table grapes. The…

NZ: Kiwifruit company fined $230,000 for mininum wage failure

A kiwifruit picking company and its owner have been fined $230,000 for failing to pay minimum wage to workers and not keeping accurate employment records. The Labour…

Johan Claes, Belgian New Fruit Wharf

"Two boatloads of Madagascan lychees will be unloaded in Belgium”

This year, two ships, laden with lychees from Madagascar, are expected to arrive at Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium. That's in contrast to last year. "Last year, we got only one. The other unloaded in Southern France. But this year, we'll, again, get two. The first arrived on the weekend and was unloaded…

Edwin Janssen, BUD Holland

"South American black figs are on the rise"

The first Peruvian black figs were on the market in mid-October again. They gradually replaced Turkish Bursa figs on the European market. Until mid-November, this ensured a limited supply of figs. After that, Brazil returned to the scene. "There were still many Turkish figs on the market at the beginning…

Chinese consumers show growing interest in by-products of Malaysian durian

The outbreak of Covid-19 had an enormous impact on the Chinese fruit market this year, in particular during the first half of the year. But the market gradually recovered in the second half. Consumer power is slowly returning to previous levels. For Chinese importers, however, the same can not be said.…

Forty-eight companies apply to export fresh mangoes to China

In June this year, Cambodia and China officially signed an agreement to allow for the export of fresh mangoes in the hopes of boosting domestic agricultural exports to China.…

Vegpro Kenya opens Dutch sales office: Fresh Flow

Vegpro Kenya has opened a Dutch sales office. It's called Fresh Flow. The business has been operational since October. Its primary focus is marketing Vegpro's own avocado crop. Fresh Flow is currently partnered with other large-scale growers around the world. The company offers a wide range of products.…

Exploring potential to grow SunGold in the US

Zespri expands to year-round kiwi availability

To meet growing consumer demand, Zespri is planning for year-round availability and is currently in a test phase to explore the potential for growing Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit within the United States. Since the launch of Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit in the American market six years ago, demand for its…

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Vietnam: Exporting Luc Ngan litchis to Japan

Bac Giang province parties have worked with the Plant Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and exporting enterprises to prepare…

Extra large papayas the whole year round from Panamanian specialist

The papaya, also known as ‘fruit of the angels’, adds an exotic spin to many dishes and drinks. Tapping into growing demand in Europe, Panama-based specialist Panafruit S.A. is preparing to introduce Europeans to its own unique variety: Hawaiian Big Papaya. The fruit is available all year round, and to…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4 Fruit Company, the Netherlands

"Spanish kakis did particularly well"

Pieter de Ruiter of the Dutch company, 4 Fruit Company, says sales could be better. "Spanish greenhouse vegetables aren't faring well at all. That's mainly due to the lack of demand from the hospitality industry. That sector is now in a second lockdown. That's the case in not only the Netherlands. That's…

Gerry Li, Vision Fresh, The Netherlands:

"Excellent demand for garlic and ginger going toward Christmas"

The 2020 ginger year will be remembered as a special one. "Demand's been sky-high. Things were a little difficult in the summer. But the current market is good. Most of the Brazilian ginger is off the market. We, however, have plenty of ginger from Peru. That's fortunate because demand is rising in the…

Antoine Guyot, Del Monte:

"The higher air freight rates continue to have an impact on the price of goods transported by air".

On the MIN at Rungis, you can find Del Monte Extra Sweet pineapples of Kenyan origin transported by plane, as well as the Extra Sweet pineapple of Costa Rican origin sold under the exclusive brand HoneyGlow. "Del Monte is the world's leading distributor of pineapples, and particularly of the Extra Sweet…

An overview of the situation with the operator Maurizio Filippi

The kiwi market is in a state of confusion

The commercialization of kiwis in Italy is still in its early stage, but the level of confusion is already high. "At the moment there are Italian kiwis and Greek kiwis on the market, but we don't know which ones are Italian and which ones are Greek," said Maurizio Filippi of Commercio Frutta (pictured…

Campaign kicks off for Spain's largest kiwifruit producer

"The characteristics of green kiwifruit make it the healthiest on the market"

Kiwi Atlántico has already started its new campaign and reports that its fruit is "larger and with excellent flavor." This has been confirmed by the managing director of the company, José Carlos Vila, who says that "the weather conditions during the summer, as well as the rain during the harvest, have…

Chinese garlic market grows weaker as export volume declines

The Chinese garlic market has steadily grown weaker since the new harvest entered the market, but the price has not seen major fluctuations. Overseas demand for Chinese garlic declined because the shipping cost suddenly increased and the exchange value of the Chinese yuan rose. Chinese garlic exporters…

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Republic of Georgia: Growers consider developing pomegranate orchards

Georgia consumes more than one million US dollars-worth of imported pomegranates every season. These fruits are produced locally, some in large-scale orchards. However,…

Investment fund targeting SunGold kiwifruit orchards kicks off

A new investment fund targeting SunGold kiwifruit orchards is rapidly approaching its initial subscription target. Origin Capital Partners hopes to raise $50 million in its…

Looking for markets for new cactus pear varieties

As the cactus pear harvest is getting ready to begin late December in Argentina, La Pirucha Farms, an Argentinian/California venture is looking to expand into new markets. The cactus plantation is located in the hottest place in South America, with lots of sunshine that makes for high Brix and very early…

Chinese garlic export continues to gain momentum

China exported roughly 1.72 million tons of fresh and refrigerated garlic in the first 10 months of 2020. That is an increase of 421.9 thousand tons or 32.31% compared to the…

"We want to consolidate ourselves as the main producer of organic green kiwi in Europe"

The kiwi campaign in the Bajo Nalon Valley, Asturias, has already started. The campaign in this region, where the Spanish company Kiwinatur has its farms, will last until May. “Our plantations are bathed by the longest and mightiest river in Asturias. This location has privileged orographic and…

Kurdistan Region Ryhor Bruyeu

Halabja increases yield of pomegranates, exporting abroad

Halabja is a city in Kurdistan Region and the capital of Halabja Governorate, located in Iraq. Halabja province is one of the most famous pomegranates producers in the Middle…

Partnering with Crown research institute Plant & Food Research

New Zealand: Zespri wants to establish a Kiwifruit Breeding Centre

Zespri wants to establish a Kiwifruit Breeding Centre in partnership with Crown research institute Plant & Food Research. Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson has stated that the proposed…

New Zealand

Gold kiwifruit licence added to Gisborne land value

The New Zealand region of Gisborne is the first area to adjust land valuation methods for gold kiwifruit properties to now include the value of the growing licence on the…

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Malaysian auditors switch to growing figs

In Malaysia, two auditors saw the potential of the fig business and decided to leave their corporate jobs to plunge headlong into the world of cultivating figs for a living.…

Floris-Jan van Os, Hillfresh:

“Fewer Spanish kakis this year, which could mean shortages in the second half of the season”

The first Spanish kakis arrived on the Dutch market at the beginning of October. But it was only from November onwards that sales at European retailers began to rise again. That’s according to Floris-Jan van Os, account manager at wholesaler, Hillfresh. “This season’s expected to continue into January.” There…

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New Zealand: New Te Puke kiwi test lab will create 80 jobs

Some 80 local jobs will be created at EastPack's new commercial sample collection and lab testing service at Te Puke, New Zealand. Field samplers, lab technicians, supervisors…

Lenneke Pors-Schot

Pilot project to export Greek kakis to Switzerland

An innovative project to export Greek kakis to the Swiss market has been launched recently. The company ANYFION, from Argolida, has been cooperating since 2013 with the Swiss…

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US research into fruit for less toxic drug delivery

Researchers from the University of Louisville have found a less toxic way to deliver medicines by using the natural lipids in various plants, particularly grapefruit and…

North America: demand for garlic spikes significantly

“There’s essentially a giant black hole of demand worldwide for garlic that I don’t think can be fulfilled.” These are the words of Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, CA who sees demand for garlic hitting extreme highs. “Over the last four weeks, we’ve seen demand approaching 50, 60 and even…

Masseria Fruttirossi

New Christmas pomegranate packaging

Masseria Fruttirossi, a company specializing in the production of pomegranates with orchards covering over 300 hectares, has introduced the Melagrana Magnum packet for the upcoming Christmas season. "It is a 13x13.5 cm box containing one sustainable pomegranate. Supermarkets will receive the first…

Pascale Begoulle, SIKIG:

"The volumes of French kiwifruit are limited"

The French kiwifruit harvest is in full swing. At SIKIG, sales will start in a week. “We are very happy with the quality. We are harvesting fruits with a high Brix. However, when it comes to quantity, the French are disappointed. All the production areas have fewer fruits than expected,” reports Pascale Begoulle…

Kiwis one of the lesser known products from Turkish origin

“Turkey’s kiwi production is up 300% compared to10 years ago”

One of Turkey’s lesser known export products is the kiwi, as about 90% of the production is destined to the local market. The volumes for export are growing every year though, and according to one exporter it’s growing at almost double the rate of any other kiwi producing country. It’s their hope that…

Chinese Feile kiwifruit enters Beijing market for the first time this season

The early harvest of Feile kiwi fruit entered the Beijing market for the first time this year. This is an important step in the production season of Feile kiwi fruit. The kiwi fruit sold under this brand belongs to the Fenghuang No. 1 variety, which is similar to the Zespri G3. Feile kiwi fruit is…

Leonardo Juárez, manager of The Fresh Co.:

"We saw a very interesting market niche for Spanish exotic fruits such as citrus caviar, kumquat and pitaya"

The innovation in the supply and the development of new product lines, as well as the objective of offering a unique service, have led The Fresh Co. to launch a new line of exotics. "It is a step we considered taking about 9 months ago," says Leonardo Juárez, manager of this Spanish company devoted to the…

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Georgia exported more than 7,800 tons of persimmons since start of season

According to the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia, the nation exported 7,824 tons of persimmons (including the kinglet variety) from 1 August 2020 to 23…

Sales of ready-to-eat Chinese kiwis overtaking foreign brands

Kiwifruit, as a fruit widely popular with consumers, always enjoys high sales on the market. However, a problem consumers frequently face after purchasing the fruit is that it…

Lore Van Aert, Special Fruit:

"Corona seems to have little hold on the pomegranate market"

The corona virus has turned the year 2020 upside down. The demand for some products completely disappeared and the demand for others exploded. “Pomegranates have actually had little or no problems with the crisis,” says Lore Van Aert of Special Fruit. "It has actually been a very stable product and we…

European garlic reserves are running low, demand for onions is growing

Chinese exports slow down as shipping costs rise along with exchange rate

Shipping costs have massively increased in recent months as the exchange rate of the Chinese yuan has grown. Under these conditions, overseas market demand for Chinese garlic and onions has shown a decline. Chinese exporters have had to slow down business. Manager Wang Junjie, spokesperson for Jining…

Ginger peel is loosening due to storage issues, but the quality remains unaffected

"Supply of Chinese ginger began one month early and the price of old ginger doubled"

Fresh ginger has high requirements when it comes to harvest time and storage. The ginger export season usually begins when winter arrives. The ginger has been stored for too long and the ginger peel has begun to loosen, but overseas demand has only grown stronger. Exporters have begun to export ginger…

"Demand is very strong and we sell most of it before it even flowers"

North Queensland exotic fruit grower picks up national honour for its high-quality tasting produce

A North Queensland exotic fruit grower says it was a proud moment when his produce was compared favourably to what was grown in South East Asia, by a top Australian television chef. Fruit Forest Farm was the national winner of the 2020 Harvey Norman Delicious Produce Awards, after initially being…

Santiago Contreras, Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft, on the market for exotic fruits

"The avocado proves to be a permanent fixture"

With the end of autumn and colder temperatures approaching, these days more and more exotic fruits are ending up in the shopping carts of consumers, who in the summer months have access to the abundant seasonal and regional fruit selections. Probably the most popular of the exotic fruits is the avocado,…

Strong demand for domestic and import persimmons

Supplies of persimmons are solid domestically and via imports. Domestically, California is in the peak of its season with plentiful supplies of both Hachiya and Fuyu varieties, says Aron Gularte of Fresh Farms based in Kingsburg, CA. “Most supplies come from the Central Valley from Madera to as far south…

Zespri launches first kiwifruit trial project in China

Zespri recently signed a memorandum of intent for a trial project with Sichuan State-owned Assets Operation and Investment Management, in hopes of advancing the development of…

Julio Antelo, Frutos Tropicales Europe, the Netherlands

"We're the largest importer of Peruvian blue figs"

The Peruvian fig season is in full swing at Frutos Tropicales Europe (FTE) in the Netherlands. This overseas importer focuses mainly on importing mangos, avocados, limes, and ginger. But it's also well-involved in the imported fig season. "We receive between 50 and 80 airplane pallets a week. That makes…

AgricolliBio

New plastic-free packaging for all types of kiwifruits

"Everyone feels deeply about environmental matters, including final consumers. In line with this trend and with our company vision, we are shipping our kiwifruits in plastic-free trays, in various formats and manufactured thanks to the ZippMatic machine," reported Francesco Eichstaedt, export manager of…

Efe Yedibaslar on Amiral Fresh’s pomegranate season

“We anticipate pomegranate shipments will continue until second week of February”

According to Efe Yedibaslar, Procurement and Sales Manager, for Turkish fruit exporter Amiral Fresh, they’re off to a good start, after having spent a long time preparing for this debut season: “Our pomegranate season started quickly with good demand from different parts of the world. We believe that the…

Le Tresacois:

Plastic-free packaging for kiwifruit

This year, Le Tresacois has introduced a kraft tray for its kiwifruit campaign. The producer, located in the south of France, is trying to increasingly abandon plastic in order to meet the market's demands. Le Trecasois is starting the green kiwifruit campaign (Hayward variety) very slowly. "The French…

Crop diversification aimed at tackling the sharka virus in the Catalan region

Kiwifruit cultivation tested in Spanish territory of Terres de l'Ebre

As announced by the Catalan Councilor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Teresa Jordà, a pilot test is underway in the territory of Terres de l'Ebre to determine…

January-October 2020

Mexican mango exports grow by 4.5% in value

Mexico's mango exports between January and October 2020 increased by 4.5% in value over the same period of the previous year, totaling 325.7 million dollars. The export volume increased by 2.5%, totaling 409,800 tons, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture. The growth of Mexican shipments…

Covid-19: 50% of South Africa’s watermelon market gone as tourism suffers

Game farmers and hunting operators turn their hand to watermelons

Covid-19 has hit the watermelon market hard. Where usually a holiday resort like Sun City in South Africa’s Northwest Province would be taking thousands of watermelons every day during summer, now they are taking only hundreds, and the market is feeling it, says Martin Michael of Exec-U-Fruit market…

Seeka on the impact of the coronavirus on New Zealand’s produce wholesale environment

“Avocado demand dropped so low that we stopped picking in the orchards”

Although Covid-19 has remained relatively under control in New Zealand, the pandemic has had an effect on the fresh produce business in this region. Some categories have suffered during Covid related lockdowns, like avocados, while other fruits such as kiwifruit and citrus have performed better than…

Melons, rambutan and papaya

Hurricane Iota causes shipping delays for produce out of Guatemala and Honduras

This week, Central America faced another hurricane only two weeks after Hurricane Eta raged through the region. Making landfall on Monday evening in Nicaragua, Hurricane Iota moved through Honduras and eventually dissipated in El Salvador. While Iota was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after…

Overall price shows downward trend

Chinese ginger suppliers wait to see how the market develops

The new season has already begun for Chinese ginger traders. The price of ginger increased several times between September and late October, but has since showed a downward trend. Traders who purchased ginger at high prices earlier in the season now hope to sell their ginger to traders who are currently…

Precision agriculture to estimate kiwifruit production

Pre-harvest yield estimates are essential for most agricultural businesses, as they help them organize and manage logistics when it comes to transport, supplies, labor, etc. Overestimating yields could lead to higher costs, while the opposite could mean a potential waste of produce. This is only one of…

Peru

Phytosanitary requirements for the importation of passion fruit plants of Taiwanese origin and provenance

Directorial Resolution No. 0021-2020-Minagri-Senasa-DSV  establishes the mandatory phytosanitary requirements to import passion fruit plants (Passiflora edulis) of Taiwanese origin and provenance into Peru. The shipment must have a Phytosanitary Import Permit issued by the National Agricultural Health Service…

Growing interest in exotic mushrooms

Rohhaan, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur started his own venture – The Mushroom Company. Six years ago, Rohhaan is one of the biggest sellers of oyster and gourmet mushrooms in…

George Stergiou, Anyfion Greece SA:

"The sample boxes with Greek kakis for the Swiss market were sold out immediately"

Although Spain is still the most important supplier of kakis in Europe, this does not mean that it is the only country with commercial interest in this exotic fruit. There are already some producers in the north of Greece who grow several older and some newer varieties. Now, a Greek company, in…

Eric Léonard, of Le Safran de Cotchia:

"We have been cultivating saffron in Belgium for 11 years"

Halfway between Brussels and Liège, not far from the city of Namur, we find the only professional saffron farm in Belgium, called "Le Safran de Cotchia". The idea of cultivating saffron in Belgium was a gamble of Eric Léonard and his wife, motivated partly by a need to "go back to basics" by working the…

The time is right for substitution of conventional papayas by organic papaya.

"Organic papayas and passion fruit from Tenerife – on the road to becoming Demeter produce”

Organic grower Felipe Gonzalez from Plantate SL, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Global Gap and organic certificates, has been producing papaya and passion fruit (maracuja) for 7 years now. Currently Felipe is growing papaya and maracuja on 4 hectares but he is adding 3 hectares. In total he will have 5…

Last of New Zealand’s 2020 kiwifruit crop shipped to global markets

The final shipments of this season’s New Zealand-grown kiwifruit have left Port of Tauranga bound for Zespri’s global markets, capping another strong season for the New…

Suhaib Faroun on Medjool dates from Gaza

“We’ve managed to increase the volumes for Medjool dates this season”

The harvest for Medjool dates in Gaza has concluded, meaning the focus can now shift fully to sales. For one exporter, production has increase by about 12 per cent this year and sizes are larger. That’s not to say the season is without its challenges, as the harvested dates from the previous season are…

Australia:

Activity in the Hort Innovation Lychee Fund remained strong through difficult year

During 2019-20, Hort Innovation continued to track investment expenditure against the Lychee Strategic Investment Plan, while looking towards new developments in 2021. The…


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