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Exotic fruit and vegetables

Brown marmorated stink bug: type and level of damage on kiwifruit

Halyomorpha halys, well known as the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is a polyphagous pest of fruit and vegetable crops. Kiwifruit is an economically important fruit, and occasional outbreaks of BMSB have been reported in kiwifruit orchards in China, Italy, and Greece. However, information on the…

Kiwi production trends in Italy

Despite the latest trend, which shows an increasing number of yellow pulp kiwi plantations, in Italy the actinidia surface is divided into 75% green pulp plantations, 24% yellow pulp and about 1% red kiwi. The latter is also becoming more and more appealing to producers. "The expectations for the Italian kiwi campaign are not great,…

Organic ginger is running out of stock

Peak period of Chinese ginger season is upon us

The overall production volume of ginger has declined this season and the trade volume in the Chinese ginger market is relatively small. In addition, Chinese consumer demand for ginger has been growing during the pandemic as ginger warehouses are gradually emptying. The ginger export price experienced a…

The US implements restrictions on the importation of fresh figs from Mexico

The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) has implemented restrictions with immediate effect on all commercial…

Johannes Pankarter (Kronprinz LLC) on kiwi berry cultivation in Austria

"Kiwi berry has not yet fully established itself - the recognition levels are still too low"

Since the third week of August, things are quite hectic on the Pankarter's fruit farm in south-eastern Styria, as the kiwi berries are now in season. This exotic among the berry fruits has enjoyed a slightly increasing popularity on the Austrian market in recent years. "However, the market share is…

Peter Höfler offers fresh ginger from cultivation in Knoblauchsland until December:

"As a regionally cultivated exotic, our Franconian ginger is really trendy"

Exotic cultivars are becoming increasingly popular for cultivation in Germany and Europe. Consumers are becoming more and more interested in international cuisine and this is reflected in the needs of food retailers. At the same time, climate change favors the cultivation of varieties that require a…

“We are working to register Tropical Avocados as a quality trademark”

The exponential growth of the popularity of the Hass avocado in the past decades has caused an enormous boom in the industry. While it is the most popular, the Hass avocado is not the only avocado variety grown and marketed around the world. Green skin avocados are also growing in popularity, and, as a…

McGarlet

Exotic fruit grown in Italy

The harvesting of Sicilian mango at McGarlet's Italian supplier Be Fruit started around ten days ago and will continue until late October. The company started growing exotic fruit in 2012 and is expecting to harvest 30 tons (which will become 60 next year).   Over the past few years, tropical fruit has become increasingly popular in…

'Increased volumes and commitment to sustainable development'

This year, Nergi growers started picking more than 10 days earlier than usual. Orchards conditions have been particularly favourable for fruit with excellent flavour qualities in our main production areas in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Market volumes have steadily risen. More than 6 million 125g…

Andrew Norton

Egyptian garlic sales to Brazil expected to double during the upcoming season

Ever since Brazil approved imports of Egyptian garlic, the African nation -one of the biggest garlic producing countries in the world- became one of its premier suppliers of…

Chile's Kiwi Committee

"Consumers are starting to need fruits like kiwis"

According to the Kiwi Committee's latest Crop Report, the Chilean kiwi season is in its final stretch and 95.7% of the estimated total volume has already been exported. “Despite the initial outlook's lack of clarity due to the looming appearance of COVID-19, the season has been good. The campaign was…

Dennis Brito of Golden Sweet Spirit:

“Goldenberries have a huge potential in the North American market”

In December, Ecuador sent its first shipment of goldenberries to the United States and with it greatly expanded their export activities for this fruit. Today, their distribution patterns look much different from what they were in December, due to the pandemic. Dennis Brito of Golden Sweet Spirit shares:…

Pitaya cultivation introduced in Spain's Serranía de Ronda

The growing demand for pitaya in different markets has motivated the Malaga-based producer Pedro Ductor to give it a go and set up a plantation of this tropical fruit, native…

Carmine Cirimele (Frugales LLC) at the start of the Spanish pomegranate season

"As berries and stone fruit run out, pomegranates will slowly come into focus"

The season for Spanish pomegranates has already begun: At the beginning of week 37, the first batches arrived at the Cologne wholesale market. "September is traditionally the weakest sales month of the year. But as soon as all the berries and stone fruit run out, Italian grapes and Spanish pomegranates…

Tunisia Bernhard Richter

Prickly pear production down in Kasserine

The prickly pear production in the governorate of Kasserine, in central-western Tunisia, has reached 200,000 tons in the agricultural season 2019-2020, against 250,000 tons…

Peter Turner – Variety Innovations B.V. & SA Kiwi Pollen

Interest from European companies in partnering with South African kiwi growers

South African kiwi arrivals are improving every year as a result not only of tweaking shipping protocols but also through lots of little things done on the farm and in the packhouse, like transporting the fruit after picking in cold trucks or pre-cooling fruit before packing. “Every year we learn a…

Country needs to import 600,000 tons of onions Studioportosabbia

Bangladesh: Lucrative prices are a boon for Rangpur region ginger growers

In the Rangpur region of Bangladesh, newly harvested ginger is being sold at rates between Tk125 and 140 per kg (€0.13-0.14) in local markets. Growers are happy with the…

Kiwifruit vine decline hits the main production area in Italy

For eight years now, the kiwifruit vine decline has been progressively spreading, affecting the root system for unknown reasons. Now this disease has hit the main production area in Italy, the Agro Pontino, with almost 10 thousand hectares invested. This is according to  Confagricoltura, which is actively…

Ecuador’s mango season set to start in week 39

The Ecuadorian mango season will start week 39, around September 20th. “We will start with the yellow varieties – mainly the Ataulfo variety, and then in week 40 Tommy Atkins will be available as well. In the middle of November, we’ll have Kents available too, and some lower volumes of Hadens. The season…

Agreement signed for kiwifruit exports to China by ship

Good news for Italian exports, as the addendum to the Italy-China protocol enabling Italian kiwifruits to reach China by ship has been signed. The agreement is fruit of the…

Kiwi berries are trendy, but the culture is particularly sensitive to frost

"Next year we will grow the kiwi berries with frost irrigation"

Kiwi berries have been on the rise in the European trade for several years now. Until a few years ago the mini-kiwi was mainly imported from Southern Europe or overseas, but now the area under cultivation is growing rapidly in Germany. Further growth potential is clearly available, but the kiwi berry is…

'This just cannot happen'

New Zealand: $ 9.5 billion at risk as horticulture sector struggles to find labor

In parts of New Zealand, the shortage of horticultural workers due to Covid restrictions is putting $ 9.5 billion of the country’s economy at risk. This was made clear by New…

Also, onslaught of apple scab disease causes price hike Ronald L

Apple production in Himachal declines - growers turn to pomegranates

Over the years, Himachal Pradesh farmers have come to understand that growing apples faced more and more problems. Specialists attribute the trouble in apple growing to…

Prices drop slightly

Chinese grown Tunisian soft-seed pomegranates flood the market

Tunisian soft-seed pomegranates can be consumed directly without spitting out the seeds. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months and in cold storage for up…

Kiwi berry harvest in Oregon to start September 12th

Superfresh Growers kiwi berry season is underway. These “poppable” sweet little berries are a good snack for consumers looking to elevate their fall barbeques and family picnics. Unlike their cousin the kiwifruit, kiwi berries are fuzz free and can be eaten whole. Superfresh Growers toured their kiwi…

Yellow dragon fruit production sees tremendous growth in Ecuador

Yellow dragon fruit, or pitahaya as its commonly known as in South America, has had a tremendous explosion of growth globally in recent years. "In 2011 it is estimated that there were 200 hectares planted. In June of 2020, that number was estimated to be around 3,000 hectares. Ecuadorian yellow dragon…

Tim Struckman, Exotic Roots, the Netherlands:

“Exotic fruits and vegetables picked and at the clients within 3 days”

A crisis doesn't only cause concern; it creates opportunities too. Tim Struckman was of that same mind. He decided to start his own business. This Dutch company focuses on importing exotic fruit and vegetables. And, so, at the beginning of August, Exotic Roots was launched. Tim Struckman of Exotic Roots…

Tunisian seedless pomegranates are doing well in the Chinese market

The Tunisian seedless pomegranate was introduced into China in the late 1990's. This excellent pomegranate variety is characterized by soft, edible seeds. The pomegranate is…

Kenya: Growers Murang'a urged to take advantage of lucrative exports markets

Murang’a county residents have been urged to take advantage of the modern, Sh385 million (€3 mln) market the government will build in Kangari town. This market will have a…

Chinese passion fruit is as cheap as cabbage, but buyers are still hesitant

Passion fruit has already entered the market in south China. The harvest season is still ongoing. When the passion fruit entered the market, the fruit immediately encountered…

Daniël Victor – New Dawn Farming

“Over the last few years many new doors have opened in the mango industry”

New Dawn Farming is a cluster of 18 mango and citrus farms spread around Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province, awarded to the Moletele community after a lengthy land claims process. In the orchards where mangoes are grown for export and local retail, the flowering is looking excellent and an “on-year” is…

What exactly does an avo taste like? South African grower develops an avo-cabulary

South African avocado grower Allesbeste Boerdery, owner of the Maluma avocado, is partnering with a South African coffee specialist to develop a flavour wheel for the avocado. “We realised that avocados are currently evaluated merely by comparing it to Hass, or whether it is watery or not, but there…

Rene Leenders, P. Seelen:

"Much excitement over first Turkish pomegranates"

The first Turkish pomegranates arrived this morning at P. Seelen in Grubbenvorst. Although the trading company is mainly active as a vegetable exporter, it slid into pomegranates via Turkish tomatoes a few years ago. "We have our own grower who has good quality and can deliver them according to our…

More North Carolina persimmons this fall

The North Carolina persimmons season is gearing up. “We normally start mid to late September—our fruit comes off the tree a week or a week and a half before California,” says Josh Barnes of Farm Pak in Spring Hope, NC, noting that packing persimmons usually wraps up by Christmas. “Our fruit set this year…

Iran is the fourth largest kiwi producing country in the world

It's no surprise that China cultivates a lot of kiwis. That country grows a considerable volume of 2 million tons. Italy and New Zealand are also decent global players on the kiwi market. Farmers there grow 541,000 tons and 411,000 tons respectively. However, according to Statista.com, Iran cultivates…

Green Angel kiwifruit variety unaffected by vine decline

Piedmont nursery gardener Dario Miretti (in the photo), breeder of Green Angel®, presents a comforting report in the days when Italy has to deal with an upsurge of the kiwifruit vine decline after the bacteriosis problem.  "Our new Green Angel® variety seems to be unaffected in all areas, from Piedmont, Verona,…

Rambutan producers in Honduras get ready to implement new strategies

The strategies and experiences aimed at marketing rambutan, which the Central American countries that produce this fruit have implemented, were shared in the "Rambutan…

Robotic kiwi picker uses computer to identify and harvest ripe fruits

An automated kiwi picker created by Robotics Plus is showcased in a video on LinkedIn, shared by Santosh Swamy. The robot uses its computer to identify the ripe fruit and…

Yigit Gokyigit on the Turkish Black Bursa fig season

Turkey will export more figs this year thanks to increased demand

In Turkey the season for Black Bursa figs has started once again. One Turkish exporter has noticed an increase in demand, in both the European and Asian markets. It’s expected that the export volumes of Turkish figs will be higher than before. The Turkish Black Bursa fig season is in full swing and…

A pomegranate consortium for Campania might be on its way

"I used to design biomass electricity systems then, three years ago, I decided to change my life and, as I owned 15 hectares of land, two years ago I planted 12 hectares of organic pomegranates. I believe this crop is a winning choice for this area, of course, if managed carefully," reports Roberto…

Europe consolidates itself as their main destination

The Chilean kiwi campaign is coming to an end

The Chilean kiwi season is on its final stretch. Chile has exported 136,514 tons of Chilean kiwi to the different world markets by week 33-34. The European Union stands out as…

"You don't have to embellish my produce, it stands for itself - both visually and taste-wise."

The popularity of heirloom vegetables growing in Western Australian thanks to a passionate grower

A passion for growing great tasting produce has led one Western Australian producer to create his own “mini-industry” of heirloom vegetables. Warren Grange, in Manjimup, south of Perth, was formed in 2011 with the purpose of growing rarely seen and unusual vegetables. Initially, Rick Scoones and his then…

Medjool date packing facility goes 100% post-consumer green plastic

Datepac, LLC has taken the step of packaging its Natural Delights® Medjool dates in 100% translucent green post-consumer plastic at a time when most processors opt for clear…

Chinese import value of durians grew explosively in 2020

The durian supply on the Chinese market is almost entirely dependent on imports. In 2019, the import value of this fruit increased by 47% year-on-year, taking over cherries…

The weight of trade shifts from online wholesale to e-commerce platforms

China: Production volume of red heart kiwi fruit from Shuicheng declined by 15%

Guizhou province is one of the major kiwifruit production areas in China. The kiwifruit has a long history of cultivation in Guizhou. Liupanshui city in Guizhou was elected the "Chinese hometown of wild kiwifruit" by the Chinese Association for the Protection of Wild Plants. Shuicheng county, a…

Chinese ginger prices picking up from low levels

Produce prices this year have made growers very worried. Not only did their produce not fetch a good price, but it also faced poor sales. In order to avoid losses, growers had…

Shany and Emek early pomegranates available as of this week

"The early pomegranate Shany and Emek varieties will be available already in early September. Italian produce is increasingly in demand and the 2020 campaign is looking promising, also considering that it is 15 days earlier than last year," reports Dario De Lisi, sales manager at Masseria Fruttirossi, a…

Mild summer means solid California pomegranate crop

California is about to start its pomegranate season with a solid crop. “The crop looks good but not extremely heavy. Plenty of singles where the pomegranates hang like Christmas tree ornaments, nice and separated,” says Keith Wilson with King Fresh Produce LLC in Dinuba, CA. “We’ve had a mild summer in…

Egyptian 'Wonderful' pomegranate season kicks off next week

The pomegranate season in Egypt is now in full swing. According to one exporter the season is looking promising, especially when it comes to the Wonderful variety. Demand is high in an early stage, before the large volumes of competitors reach the market. The Egyptian pomegranate season started a little…

Vietnamese fruit production is gradually recovering from saltwater intrusion

The historical drought with saltwater intrusion in Vietnam during the first half of the year has had a big impact on the local coconut sector. With the rainy season coming, the situation improved and the coconut trees are slowing recovering productivity. Anna is a sales manager of a Vietnamese fruit…

That's a huge pile of coconuts

This video shows a group of men in Kuwait. They're working with a massive heap of coconuts. They're deshelling the coconuts by hand. Surely there's a quicker, more innovative way to do this?

Dutch company introduces Moai Caviar sea grapes

Moai Caviar is known as 'Umibudo'. That's the Japanese word for 'Sea Grapes' or 'Green Caviar'. These green sea grapes look remarkably like berries or grapes. Their 'poppy' structure makes eating these sea grapes a unique experience. The little balls dissolve on your tongue, releasing a pleasant briny…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano: "A small fig, with a big flavour"

New harvest of Spanish mini figs arrives

The first Spanish mini figs of the new harvest arrived at Tovano in Maasdijk this week. "It may not be the biggest item in our assortment, but the connoisseurs always know how to appreciate this specialty. Specialists and street traders in particular like to take a few boxes with them. The holidays are…

Exports hindered by pandemic

Brazilian guavas challenged to produce more

Brazilian guava production is one of the largest in the world, and there are privileged regions that bear fruit all year round, through techniques to stimulate trees with “total pruning”. However, in colder years in the Southern Hemisphere – such as 2019 and 2020 – guava goes through productivity…

Northern India

Sirmaur garlic falls under ‘1 District, 1 Product’ scheme

Sirmaur is the southernmost district of Himachal Pradesh, northern India. The district’s garlic crop has been identified under the Centrally sponsored ‘One District, One…

Desuz

Apple and kiwi imports from Iran and Turkey worry Himachal Pradesh growers

Troubled by labour shortages and transportation challenges in the wake of the pandemic, Himachal Pradesh fruit growers have now urged the federal government to take steps to…

Red pomegranate season kicks off in Elche

Mollar pomegranate production expected to fall by 30%

The pomegranate harvest has already started in Elche, a town in the province of Alicante that is the most important producing area in Spain. The demand is high at the moment, given that the campaign in the southern hemisphere finished earlier and that the fruit from Mediterranean countries is arriving a…

Mexico

Yucatan's pitahaya season has already started

The pitahaya season has already started in the Yucatan peninsula and the fruit from the orchards of municipalities such as Quintana Roo, Chunjuju, Chun Ya, and Tepich can…

Production volume more than doubled in comparison with last year

Chinese kiwifruit from Xiuwen County has great market prospects

Xiuwen County in Guizhou is located at an altitude of 800-1,300 meters above sea level. The climate is warm and moist. There is no severe frost in winter and there is no intense heat in summer. The four seasons are clearly distinct and the air is pure. The soil is slightly acidic and there is no…

Price of Chinese seedless pomegranates expected to start low and then rise

The seedless pomegranate is a large fruit with a thin, bright red peel. And the seeds inside are deep red like carnelian beads. That is why consumers love this fruit. Pomegranates taste sweet, their production quality is high, they ripen early and they can be easily stored. The seeds of the so-called…

Large volumes of Malaysian top durian variety expected to enter China

Since the first volumes of frozen durians were shipped to China in April 2018, the Chinese market has seen a surge in demand for Musang King. Large volumes of this variety…

South East Asia and Middle East become main export destinations of Chinese ginger

The export price of ginger has continued to rise over the past few months. The main reason is that there is less stock this season than in the same period last year and the…

Anthony Shoghi of Moonland Produce

“This year we are introducing organic California Sweet Dragon Fruit”

While Dragon Fruit is still considered by many consumers an exotic fruit, it’s cultivation in California is on the rise. Anthony Shoghi shares that for Moonland Produce, the California Sweet Dragon Fruit harvest started during second week of August. “This is an on-time start, just what we expected,” he…

In the province of Brindisi

Medium-high prices and a longer season for figs

The fig campaign is coming to an end in the province of Brindisi.  During the first part of the Fioroni season, in late May/June, the production was lower due to the frosts that occurred at the beginning of April. Some plots in the areas most subject to the wind of the Mistral have not produced any fruit.…

Snowflake Mushroom

"It has been quite a journey for us to bring a new product onto the market but chefs absolutely love it"

Australia's demand for specialised and exotic mushroom varieties are growing significantly, according to a Victorian-based grower. King Oyster Mushrooms recently took out a gold medal in the Harvey Norman Delicious Produce Awards 2020 – the country’s most prestigious food industry event, for its…

Price increased to 9 yuan [1.30 USD] per 0.5 kg

Chinese pomegranate market is flourishing

The Chinese fruit market has not been doing well since the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this year. However, one fruit stands out with an exceptionally high price. That is the…

Despite the difficult market

Chinese winter jujube grower focusing on premium fruit

The recent rainfall seen in many parts of China has had some impact on the ongoing fruit harvest. Due to bad weather and a market downturn, winter jujubes from Shaanxi Province, one of the main production areas of this fruit, are facing obstacles in sales. Some businesses were forced to change their…

Sri Nur Handini

Indonesia wants garlic self-reliance in 2024

Indonesia’s Agriculture Ministry is aiming to make Indonesia self-reliant in garlic production in 2024. The nation’s garlic needs have reached 500,000 tons per year, while…

Ernst Rauch, chief climate scientist at Munich Re: Markara77

‘German farmers should think about growing figs and olives’

In an interview with Tagesspiegel Background, Ernst Rauch, chief climate scientist at reinsurance group Munich Re, said that German farmers should consider switching to more…

The Australian-based seed company making niche vegetable varieties available to more growers

A major Australian wholesale vegetable seed supplier says it is making itself more available to vegetable growers by increasing its online presence and reducing minimum pack sizes on a select seed range to cater for a wider range of clients.     Fairbank's Selected Seed Co. National Sales Manager, George Jelbart says the company…

Traditional Stuttgart company focuses on exclusive tropical fruits and exotic fruits

"We start where other vendors stop"

It is becoming increasingly important for suppliers on the German fresh food markets to cover the market gaps and niches in the industry. This is the only way to distinguish themselves from the larger food retail markets in today's world. For the traditional Stuttgart company Werner Ebert LLC & Co, this…

Christine Cortes, BioTropic:

Democratization of the market for exotic lemons in France

Importer-exporter BioTropic will have exotic limes and lemons available next week. Christine Cortes, sales representative of the company, explains that exotic lemons such as the Combawa, Yuzu, Caviar and even Buddha’s hand lemons are a great culinary success. “The season looks promising. Restaurants are…

Inma Torregrossa, of Frutas Inma: "The first kaki imports from Peru have been a success"

"We expect a high demand for pomegranates in a market affected by shortages"

The European market is currently short of pomegranates. The first Spanish pomegranates are being harvested in the south of Spain, while in the Valencia area they will arrive in a few days. "Yields in early pomegranate varieties have dropped by up to 30% and we want to wait a few days to be able to…

Amoklv

Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture encourages palm date farming

In the Eritrean sub-zones of Sheib, Ghinda and Massawa sub-zones, growers are encouraged to grow  palm dates. This cultivation is now being conducted through integrated effort of…

Peruvian ginger exports increase by 162%

The importance of Peru to the world's ginger market became evident in 2019, when it became the fourth-biggest exporter of this vegetable, only behind China, Thailand, and…

Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Igor Goncharenko

Egyptian Ministry issues figures on 2020 agricultural exports

On Wednesday, the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine at Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation issued a statement on the volumes of garlic, bell…

Price of Chinese ginger shows ups and downs

The Chinese ginger market was quite firm in the second week of August, but afterwards the price began to drop and then rise again. After that, the price remained relatively…

Giedrius Zaleckas

Kiwifruit and cucumber peels can be used to purify drinking water

University of Otago researcher finds use for food waste

According to researcher Risha Jasmine Nathan, who recently received her doctorate from the University of Otago, kiwifruit and cucumber peels can be used to purify drinking water. There are win-win benefits in making constructive use of an agricultural waste product while improving water quality by…

Mike Looije, Yex:

"Hot market for pomegranates, but supply will quickly increase now"

While some exotics sometimes experience a dip in the summer, this is not the case in the pomegranate market. "Pomegranates are becoming increasingly popular. During the warm…

Australian dragonfruit grower hopeful of an increase in demand as more production comes online

A Northern New South Wales dragonfruit grower would like to see consumption of the fruit in Australia grow, as more of his plants come online in coming seasons.   While North Byron Farms still has fruit on the trees this winter, the main consignments wrapped up in June. Owner Anthony Johnston says while 2020 was…

Maxim Tatarinov

Vietnam: More products from Ba Ria-Vung Tau now have traceability stamps

More and more agricultural products from Vietnam’s southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau now have traceability stamps, providing information transparency and increasing the…

Exports down but domestic demand up for California dates

Supplies of California dates are steady as suppliers manage challenges with exporting the fruit. “The movement has increased domestically on our current crop. But has decreased on exports compared to previous years,” says Hope Barbee of Coachella, CA.-based Double Date Packing. “It’s specifically tied to…

New kiwi berry variety in China lengthens sales season

The kiwi berry, also known as the soft jujube kiwi, immediately brings to mind kiwi fruit from New Zealand, but the kiwi berry originates in China. The kiwi berry is grown in Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang, all provinces in China's northeast. The plantations are located in the mountains and hills.…

Cobus Oosthuizen – Mazuri Pynappels

South African pineapple grower considers Mozambican relocation due to political uncertainty

An extraordinary chapter in South Africa’s pineapple industry has come to an end with the lifting of South Africa’s months-long alcohol ban. Consumer demand for pineapples reached unprecedented heights as South Africans brewed beer with the fruit, creating a shortage at a time when prices were already…

Export has largely come to a standstill

High price of Chinese ginger creates awkward circumstances for processing factories

The export price of Chinese ginger has been on the rise since early May. At one point the price even reached as high as 2,800 USD per ton. The market is unrestrained. After a brief decline, the export price is again showing an increase. The current export price of Chinese ginger is around 2,300 USD per…

Thai durian export increased by 70% in the first half of this year

China became largest export market for Thai durian in the first half of this year

The Thai Ministry of Commerce announced on the 11th of August that Thailand exported 1.4 billion USD worth of fresh durian in the first half of this year. That is an increase…

Fresh Factory offers pomegranate seeds for the first time

100 percent processing in Germany for the first time

Hamburg-based company Fresh Factory now also offers fresh pomegranate seeds from its range. What's so special? After delivery, the whole pomegranates are processed 100 percent in the modern production facility by machine, and in Germany. This means the company can guarantee an exceptionally high quality and…

Paul Brighton

Fiji: Consumer Council concerned about shrinking garlic packs

The Fiji Consumer Council is angry about the continuous attempts by supermarkets to what they call ‘mislead, dupe and rip off’ Fijians. The Council had received complaints…

Social media driving the popularity of a picturesque niche vegetable line in Australia

Demand for the specialised winter vegetable Romanesco has been slightly impacted due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions placed upon the foodservice industry, according to wholesale company Simon George and Sons. "Romanesco is certainly a unique line," Group Procurement, Matt George said. "It is…

Malaysian Black Thorn durian makes an appearance on the Chinese market

Malay King Durian and City Super recently organized a durian festival together. During this festival, the Malaysian Black Thorn durian made its first appearance. Durians are not new in the Chinese market. The Golden Pillow durian from Thailand is available in nearly every supermarket. However, since…

Pineapple dream season comes to an end

Pineapple growers never expected to be a big beneficiary of the alcohol ban as South Africans turned to brewing pineapple beer but now it is widely speculated that South Africa's alcohol ban will be coming to an end soon. Right: R45.99 (2.24 euros) for a single pineapple at a Gauteng retailer yesterday…

“We expect strong demand for both mangoes and pomegranates this season”

The Egyptian mango and pomegranate season are about to fully kick off. One exporter feels there is a big opportunity to increase the volumes he’s exporting, as demand is at an all time high as lockdowns are ended. Garlico Company commercial manager Mohamed Shaaban is looking forward to the mango and…

While demand for figs is growing globally Seramo

Fig production numbers in Croatia drop

While the demand for figs on the global and European market is growing and more than 80% of figs are produced in the Mediterranean, Croatia cannot keep up sufficient…

New Rabobank report - 'The Time for Capital Planning is Nigh' Kojinaka

‘Global kiwifruit demand will rise to 300 million trays by 2028’

According to a new Rabobank report, global demand for Zespri kiwifruit is forecast to rise to 300 million trays by 2028. To keep up with demand, the report said significant…

New Zealand on its way to record kiwi exports in 2020

In the first half of 2020, New Zealand exported eight percent more kiwis than in the first half of last year. That's a good recovery after 2019's dip. Apple exports were a little (2%) lower than in the 2019 record year. Just more than half of the fresh fruit and vegetable exports from New Zealand went to…

"This is the briefest durian season ever in Malaysia"

The Malaysian durian season has come to an end after two months of vigorous sales. Although the outbreak of Covid-19 did not have a significant impact on the Malaysian durian industry, this still is the briefest durian season in Malaysia. Manager He, a spokesperson for the Malaysian durian company…

Boosted with promotional campaigns

Chinese red kiwifruit available

Kiwifruit from Guizhou is expected to flood on to the market in mid-August. “With a weaker national consumer market, this season we will use promotional activities to attract consumers on top of keeping the price at the same level as last year,” Duan, manager of Liupanshui Agriculture Investment Development Co., Ltd., talked…

Turkey expands avocado production and export markets

“Last year, we exported around 10 million avocados. This year, we expect to increase this to 15 million.” said Hilmi Sevilgen, the chairman of Alanya Avocado Producers’ Association. Chairman Sevilgen also announced the country’s production goals: “In 2020, we aim to produce 70 million avocados in…

Amit Kalya on the Indian grape and pomegranate season

Current harvest of Indian pomegranates started

After a difficult grape season in India, it is now time for the pomegranate season. The demand for pomegranates is expected to be higher as consumers are looking for fruits that enhance the immune system and have high nutritional values. One exporter hopes they’ll start shipments to the UK and other…

Start of Egyptian pomegranate season delayed by two weeks

The Egyptian pomegranate season is expected to kick off next month. The start of the harvesting will be slightly delayed due to fluctuating temperatures, and Mazeed produce is doing everything they can to get their fruits ready for export. According to Reham Kamal, sales manager for Egyptian fresh…

DOP Granada Mollar de Elche

Spain expects to produce about 40 million kilos of Mollar en Elche pomegranate this year

Elche's City Council has signed an agreement with the Association of Pomegranate Producers to strengthen the agricultural sector in Elche. Felip Sanchez, councillor for Rural Affairs, met with Francisco Oliva, the president of the association, to publicize the agreement between both entities so that the…

Phalani Fresh on the current pomegranate season

Healthy demand for Indian pomegranates

Demand for fresh pomegranates arils has been solid, both in the Indian domestic market as well as other Asian countries. The current harvest is smaller in size, as the larger sized pomegranates will be harvested in November. Due to an increase in acreage and production, the bumper crop has led to lower…

Avojoy - a new Dutch premium avocado brand

Greenpoint Trading, in the Netherlands, has brought the new 'Avojoy' brand onto the market. The brand wholly focuses on premium avocados in the Benelux. These will be supplied to supermarkets, retailers, hospitality suppliers, wholesalers, restaurants, and the foodservice and catering sector. Westfalia…

Spain

Passion fruit production in the Axarquía quadruples in two years

The passion fruit production in the Spanish region of Axarquía has increased significantly over the past two years thanks to the Algarrobo-based company BioAlgarrobo,…

California kiwifruit growers vote to continue federal marketing order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that California kiwifruit growers voted to continue their marketing order program. In a referendum conducted May 18–29, 2020,…

Ecuador targets UK and Europe for goldenberry expansion

The Trade Office of Ecuador in the United Kingdom, Pro Ecuador, announced its objective to increase exports of Ecuadorian goldenberries (physalis) to the UK and Europe by positioning the healthy fruit as a type of berry with unique flavour, incredible nutrition and convenient versatility. Pro Ecuador is…

New Zealand research scientist Russell Lowe to retire

Russell Lowe, who spent almost 50 years selecting, observing, propagating and tasting kiwifruit at Plant and Food Research in Te Puke, is retiring.  Forty-eight years ago, research…

New Zealand's valued gold Sun Gold variety Manuel Machado

Illegal kiwifruit plantings in China are soaring

In the past six months in China, illegal plantings of New Zealand's high valued gold kiwifruit variety -Sun Gold- have almost doubled Zespri owns the rights to Sun Gold, or…

Horizon transformation programme costs expected up to $160 million

Zespri selects Deloitte to lead transformation

Zespri has selected Deloitte as its design and implementation partner for the kiwifruit cooperative's Horizon transformation programme after a competitive tender. The…

After the end of the Egyptian grape season, the pomegranate season is next

“Our grape farm had an edge thanks to the early harvest”

The Egyptian grape season might be over, but the pomegranate season is coming up quite soon. One Egyptian exporter speaks about the challenges of the past grape season, which had a great start thanks to an early harvest. And despite the pomegranate season being 70 days away, orders for the Wonderful…

Ginger prices may rise until new crop becomes available

Ginger prices have risen recently after a period of stability. With the peak season of overseas markets approaching and stock in China diminishing, export prices are expected to remain high for a long time. Erin Chen, Manager of Juxian Taiyuan Foodstuffs Co., Ltd. talked about the ginger market. "There are…

Pakistan Agriculture Research Council Raja Rc

Work underway on high-yielding garlic variety

The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council has developed a new high-yielding garlic variety with the production potential of 24 tonnes per hectare. PARC chairman Dr Muhammad…

Mexico's annual per capita chilli consumption increased to 18 kilos

Mexico is one of the 3 largest global producers of chilli with 29 varieties and an annual production of 3.18 million tons. The Government of Mexico held the 'Chili, our…

Production volume is relatively small this year

Supply season of fresh Chinese figs lasts all year

"The production season of figs used to be relatively short, but the industry is now more diverse, fig varieties have improved, the harvest seasons in different production areas are staggered, and more farmers use innovative plantation technology. Chinese consumers can now enjoy fresh figs all year long.…

Sophie Ye, KX Food

“Ginger prices are climbing again in Belgium”

"After a period of sky-high prices - more than €5/kg - the Belgian ginger market collapsed a little. The summer demand is usually lower. So, current prices are around €1.70 to €1.80/kg," says KX Food's Sophie Ye. "But, these prices are showing an upward trend. Three weeks ago, these prices were at a low…

Chinese garlic price is rising, but the farmers are still making a loss

The Chinese garlic market did not develop as farmers had expected. This is mainly because many farmers blindly followed the trend and expanded the surface area devoted to…

Ginger price reaches as high as 35 yuan [5 USD] per kg

Chinese ginger is as expensive as meat

The price of Chinese ginger soared in the last two months. The cheapest ginger in the agricultural trade market is around 30 yuan [4.28 USD] per kg, while the most expensive…

Eric Godard, Agence Laparra:

“Our dates from Oman are now available”

This year, Agence Laparra decided to begin its date season with the Oman origin. “It is the earliest origin. It has the advantage of arriving on the French market before Israel and Jordan. This date is shipped by plane only, which guarantees optimal freshness,” explains Eric Godard, director of Agence…

Turkish fig season kicks off in a few weeks.

“Demand for Turkish figs increase every year”

The Turkish fig season is expected to go very well, with Alanar aiming to increase its market share in all markets they have a foothold on. Yigit Gokyigit, marketing coordinator for the Turkish fruit exporter, states demand for the Bursa Black figs grows every year: “We expect a great season for our…

Zeus on the next kiwi and grape seasons in Greece

“We expect a 15 to 20 per cent increase on kiwi production”

It’s an exciting prospect, bringing new varieties on the market. Greek fruit exporter aims to do just that for both grapes and kiwis. Next to a yellow-fleshed kiwi, they also expect to bring several new grape varieties to the market in the upcoming years. After investing in machinery and their packhouse,…

Stephanie van der Merwe - AL 3 BOERDERY

Major vegetable producer introduces dragon fruit to its portfolio

The Limpopo onion harvest has been in full swing since March at AL 3 BOERDERY, a prominent potato, onion and butternut producer in the north of South Africa. AL 3’s marketing strategy is almost exclusively focused on South Africa's fresh produce market system and they supply markets across the country…

Raja Rc

Prices of onions and garlic in Malaysia rose by over 30pc y-o-y in June

According to official statistics from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), the average prices of onion and garlic in Malaysia has increased by more than 30 per cent…

New Zealand: Kiwi growers allowed to lodge PSA appeal

The Court of Appeal ruled public officials may have been negligent, but they had statutory immunity from liability. Kiwifruit growers said they felt aggrieved by that verdict…

OP San Cono

Pricky pear segment needs aggregation to compete on the market

"Producers of San Cono prickly pears have high expectations for the start of the 2020 campaign. Fruits benefited from the abundant rain and drop in temperatures of the past few days, so much so that quality, texture and grades appear excellent. 2019 did not go as well because of the weather (high…

Low kiwifruit quantities expected in 2020

"Due to the weather in spring, many areas in Italy will produce less kiwifruits than in a normal year. I believe that, in the Ravenna province (Emilia-Romagna), we will only reach 50%. We need to focus on nutrition to obtain a product with high Brix levels and grades," reports technician Pietro Cimatti.   Cimatti…

Online shopping stimulates Malaysian durian export to China

"Chinese consumers have turned their attention to online shopping since the outbreak of Covid-19. As the volume of online purchases grows, so does the volume of Malaysian durians exported to the Chinese market. At…

“Saffron sales plummeted due to the coronavirus outbreak, some by up to 99%”

Paying €5,000/kg is nothing unusual for saffron. This 'red gold' is the pistil of the crocus flower. It's one of the priciest spices. That's because it's harvesting and selection is very labor-intensive. You need between 110,000 and 170,000 of flowers for a single kilogram of saffron. However, in recent…

Arjan Biesheuvel, Biesheuvel Knoflook, the Netherlands:

"More and more competition from German garlic growers"

The fresh garlic season is currently in full swing at the Dutch company, Biesheuvel Knoflook. "Considering the conditions we had, the crop isn't disappointing. It was sopping wet last autumn. That was followed by extremely dry weather in the spring. We certainly don't have a great volume. But, the crop…


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