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Dragon fruit catches on with Anantapur district growers

Farmers of Anantapur district have a tendency to try new fruit culture successfully. After figs and cherries, some farmers of the district embarked on the dragon fruit…

Thai Agriculture Ministry:

‘Poor-quality durians on Shanghai roadside do not come from Thailand’

In and around Shanghai, low-quality durians from other countries are being disguised as premium-grade fruit from Thailand to deceive shoppers. Alongkorn Ponlaboot, an adviser…

Which countries consume the most avocado in Europe?

Europe purchased 34% of the 2,461,000 tons of avocados that were exported in the world in 2021, ranking as the second largest importer of this fruit, only behind the United…

"We want to minimize the impact of chilling damage on avocado quality"

Avocado is a subtropical fruit with a respiratory climacteric, many varieties are oval, with green skin. The main commercial variety, Hass, is purple-black when ripe. Avocados are one of the few fruit varieties that contain significant amounts of fatty acids. The high concentration of monounsaturated…

The first batch of Vietnamese passion fruit imported into China from Guangxi Friendship Customs

On November 27, the first import of Vietnamese passion fruit was cleared through Friendship Customs in Pingxiang, Guangxi. On the same day, a batch of 18.4 tons of Vietnamese…

Demand for pomegranates triples at Christmas

"Demand for pomegranates usually starts to increase rapidly starting from the first week of December," reports Dario De Lisi, sales manager at Masseria Fruttirossi, the largest pomegranate producer in Italy. "We expect to be working a lot this year too, as we are already feeling the festive period…

Vietnam exported 164.4 tons to Japan this year

Luc Ngan lychee geographical indication protection proves profitable

Since obtaining a certificate of geographical indication (GI) from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan in March 2021, Thieu lychee grown in Luc Ngan…

Avocado board program educates future board participants

As the $7 billion avocado industry in the U.S. continually navigates opportunities as well as challenges that impact its future, emerging leaders are investing their time for the betterment of the whole industry through the Hass Avocado Board’s Board Leadership Development (BOLD) program. With one…

Fernando Martí, of Morondo: “If we had had last year's volume, we would have been in trouble due to the CO₂ issue”

"The challenge for the sector of making kakis profitable is as current as ever"

The Spanish Rojo Brillante season is underway in Spain in very difficult circumstances, as the Region of Valencia has recorded a considerable drop in the production. "This year, we have had only 40% of the production of a normal year," said Fernando Martí, of the Valencian kaki producer and marketer…

Guillermo González de Aledo, of Sweet Papaya:

"The demand for Canary papayas has been especially high until a couple of weeks ago"

Traditionally, the high season of Canary Island papayas and, therefore, the time when this product's supply peaks, starts at this time of the year. The demand has been high until a couple of weeks ago due to the lower presence of Brazilian papayas. "We usually start having significant volumes in week 46,…

Avocados Australia looks at export markets as growers brace for another oversupply situation

By 2026, Australia's avocado supply is expected to be more than double what it was in 2021. That is one of the reasons that Avocados Australia is working to open new export…

New export season of mangosteens from Java has started

Indonesia is one of the most important mangosteen producing countries and its growing areas are scattered over almost all of the country's islands, including Java. In Java area, new mangosteen harvest has recently started. "Java is one of the main production areas, especially in the Banyuwangi, Pati, Purwakarta…

Ugandan cane farmers opt for Hass avocado cultivation

Three years ago, Munu Nyende’s cleared his sugarcane farm for Hass avocado trees. Uganda’s soils and climate favour avocado cultivation and the fruits are considered among the…

Wouter Andeweg, TOFF:

"Organic mangoes are always sought-after during the festive season"

TOFF's first organic Kent mangoes are on their way and should arrive in week 50. "We waited until their Brix reached the desired level before shipping them," explains Wouter Andeweg. He recently visited his Peruvian suppliers and is optimistic about the season. "The harvest should be average. Last year…

Planting of organic kiwifruit in China is increasing year by year

In recent years, as consumers pay more and more attention to the quality and safety of agricultural products, the cultivation of organic kiwifruit in China has increased year by year. However, organic kiwifruit planting is also facing many challenges. Firstly, the planting cost is high, and the output is…

Imports of Thai fruits at Qingdao port increased by more than 40%

Recently, at the fully automated container terminal of Qingdao Port, Shandong, 5.5 tons of longan and young coconut produced in Thailand were unloaded and sent to the Huangdao…

Kenya managed to export 1,700 tons of avocados to China in past three months

Kenya has hit a record high of 1.7 million kilos of avocado exported to the Chinese market in the last three months. This means that the horticultural sector continues to post…

Malawi Alphonso mangoes arrive at APMC Navi Mumbai

The first consignment of 800 boxes of Malawi mangoes from Africa has arrived at the fruits market of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi. This is the…

The new variety will enter the commercial promotion period this year

"Zizuan" figs effectively prolong the storage period of fresh fruits

In recent years, in China, as the love for healthy functional fruits has gradually increased, consumers have become more and more aware of figs, and their demand is also increasing. However, the variety of figs on the market is relatively limited, and it is difficult to subdivide targeted varieties for…

The influx of Vietnamese durians into China has intensified market competition

This year, Vietnamese durians were allowed to enter the Chinese market. Recently, Datuk Vincent Chan, executive director of Shanghai Youxiang Trading Co., Ltd., shared his insights on the durian market with Freshplaza. According to him: "Thai durian and Malaysian durian have different production seasons…

January to September 2022

La Libertad leads exports of avocados, blueberries and asparagus

La Libertad is a region in northwestern Peru. Between January and September of this year, Peruvian avocado exports totaled US$911 million, of which La Libertad shipped US$299…

New mango varieties appear on Australian supermarket shelves

There is a new wave of mangoes with different colors and flavors, hitting Australian supermarket shelves. Perfection Fresh is rolling out the Scarlet Delight and Hula…

23 tons are heading out to Dubai

Rwanda to launch its first avocado sea freight shipment

Rwanda is set launch a sea freight shipment with avocados for the first time. According to the National Agricultural Export Development Board, the move sets out to meet the…

Wet weather and late start not putting a dampener on Honey Gold season

Despite the bad weather pushing back the Honey Gold mango season in the top end, volumes are expected to be plentiful until the end of January. Piñata Farms Managing Director Gavin Scurr says Honey Gold mangoes are in the stores now after a later start, especially after Darwin came online a few weeks…

Organic ginger from a Dutch greenhouse

From its outset, Sawari Fresh has had a clear mission: supplying the highest quality ginger from across the globe to its clients in Europe and beyond. In 2020, that focus led this Dutch company to move beyond importing and packaging ginger. That year, to flesh out its business strategy partners Sander…

Productive Maluma avocado grown in Israel, on its way to EU, Cyprus and Turkey

The higher yielding South African avocado cultivar Maluma, with about 100 000 trees planted and coming into full production in Israel, will have about 300 tons exported to Europe this season. The licensee who brought the cultivar to Israel in 2014, Oren Wallach, from Oren Nursery, says Cyprus has started…

October export volume of ginger was still declining, no significant increase in average export price

According to customs statistics, the export volume of ginger in October 2022 decreased year-on-year and month-on-month, but the average export price increased though not…

Senegalese mango exports decrease

Senegalese mango exports are down by 30% this year compared to 2021. Mr. Amadou Ndiaye Seck, General Manager of ANS Inter-Export, said: "Due to climatic phenomena, we experienced a late flowering of the fruits. This delay exceeded 30 days, which led to a loss of our market share. Exports of mangoes from…

Zespri releases November 2022/23 forecast

The Board of Zespri Directors met today and approved the November forecast for the 2022/23 season, the second full forecast they have published this year.The table below outlines November 2022 forecast OGR per tray and per hectare returns for each category compared to the previous August 2022 forecast.…

Uzbekistan exported more than 45,000 tons of persimmon in 10 months

Uzbekistan exported 45 600 tons of persimmons worth $27.3 million in January-October 2022, EastFruit reports with reference to uzdaily.uz. Persimmon exports increased by 7 500…

Alanya district, Antalya

Alanya district farmers have started to grow mangoes

In Alanya, which has become the tropical fruit production base of the country, farmers are now focusing on mango production, which has a high financial return. Mehmet Rüzgar,…

Thai fruit growers will have a new gateway to China

New Mohan railway checkpoint in Yunnan will be opened in early December

According to Alongkorn Ponlaboot, an adviser to the agriculture minister who also sits on the Thailand Fruit Board, Thai fruit can now be transported to the mainland via the…

2022 was a successful year for Vietnam’s agri exports

According to a statement from the Plant Protection Department - under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development – several new markets have been opened up. It concerns…

Hoping to decrease reliance on US and China

Canada to explore a free-trade agreement with Ecuador

Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng said she and her Ecuadorian counterpart agreed to explore the possibility of a free-trade agreement between several countries, the latest…

Cambodian Minister plans QR-code stickers to combat fraud with durians

On November 22, Cambodia’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dith Tina, met with durian farmers and plantation owners as well as local authorities during a…

Retailer spotlights seasonal Mexican drink

The holiday season is most certainly a time for traditional drinks and Cardenas Markets, a supermarket chain specializing in Latin American foods, has put together a display around Ponche. Ponche is a beloved traditional Mexican fruit punch made up of sugarcane, walnuts, mandarin oranges, Mexican…

Improving mango shelf-life with Neem oil

Mangoes are a tropical fruit much appreciated for their flavor, appeal and high nutritional value. They are cultivated in over 80 countries worldwide, especially in Asia, with a recent expansion to the Mediterranean area. Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the production along the…

Mirko Zanelli from Apofruit

Italy takes advantage of the lack of Spanish persimmon production

Demand for persimmons is constant and prices are reasonable and please the various links of the chain - Apofruit sales manager Mirko Zanelli reports that the 2022 persimmon campaign is 'rather good'.  "We have higher volumes of Tipo persimmons compared to one year ago, while we are below our potential when it…

Additional Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo:

“Jammu farmers should increase diversification of crops”

Yesterday, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo said there is a great scope for the horticulture sector, especially the strawberry and…

Could your ugly Christmas sweater feature a pineapple?

Who said a produce company couldn’t create the most fashionable ugly Christmas sweater of the season? In celebration of the holiday shopping season and National Ugly Christmas Day on December 16, Dole Food Company is offering a new-for-2022 Dole Pineapple Ugly Holiday Sweater that features a fun…

Manica province, central Mozambique

Mozambique growers will export 400 tons of organic lychees this year

Farmers in Manica province in central Mozambique are set to export 400 tons of organic lychees to the European Union market before the end of this year.  The fruit is being supplied…

Lull in U.S. lychee market makes way for South African fruit

South Africa has begun its lychee season a week to 10 days early because of the weather. “There were a lot of warm days with the temperature getting to 37-38 degrees so it just advanced the crop,” says Nick Bernal of Seasons Farm Fresh, Inc. “The crop is very good  with Brix at 19-20. It’s very sweet fruit…

Andalusian Agriculture and Fisheries Awards

Malaga company awarded Innovative Initiative award

The jury of the XVI Andalusian Agriculture and Fisheries Awards have selected this year's winners. The awards, which are granted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries,…

"Due to lower production, our sales have remained stable during the entire pomegranate season"

The pomegranate supply in Spain has been reduced by approximately 30% this year due to the impact of heat waves and the dry weather, and this keeping sales stable since the campaign started in August. However, the higher costs are still not reflected in the selling prices. "We have already had four months…

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Massive batch used 10 tons of avocados

Mexican town sets Guinness World Record for largest batch of guacamole ever

A town in the Mexican state of Michoacán got into the Guinness World Records after creating the largest serving of guacamole. Some 300 men and women in the municipality of Peribán made 4,970 kilos of guac in just 3 hours and 30 minutes last Sunday. Image: Twitter.com The massive batch consisted of 10 tons of avocados…

Anthony de la Taste, Les Domaines de la Taste

“We took up the challenge of restarting production of organic avocados in Corsica”

After switching to an entirely organic production in 2007, Les Domaines de la Taste has decided to give the avocado a try. The family business specialized in citrus fruit spreads over 110 ha in Pianiccia and it is currently managed by 3 brothers, Anthony, Yoann and Loïc, who share a desire for dynamism…

Belgian company adds new mushroom to its range

"Dragons Claw mushrooms give chefs a new challenge"

Fresh Mushroom Europe (FME) has a new addition to its assortment. "We successfully introduced the Cordyceps and Royal Chestnut; now we can add another very nice mushroom to our range: the Dragons Claw," says this Belgian company's Luc van den Aker. This mushroom somewhat resembles mouse claws, to which it…

Australian scientist creates world-first genome map of Hass avocados

In a world-first, Onkar Nath completed his PhD candidacy at The University of Queensland by creating a near-complete genome sequence of Hass avocados. It is the most detailed…

"We hope to extend the shelf life of dragon fruit by 50 percent"

It's the peak season for dragon fruit sales. Although the market is facing many challenges such as high production and logistics costs and increased transportation time, this does not affect the growing market demand for dragon fruit. SPM Biosciences (Beijing) Inc. is a company specializing in…

eco.business Fund and Fidelity Bank hold agribusiness workshop

Ghanaian stakeholders want to harness mango potential

Mangoes are commercially the second-largest tropical fruit grown in Ghana. Increasing consumer demand both locally and internationally offers significant growth opportunities…

FRESH FRUIT ALLIANCE

"Area under persimmon cultivation has been significantly reduced in recent years"

Traditionally, Spanish seasonal products, citrus fruits and fruit vegetables in particular, but also persimmons, will come to the fore around the cold season. "There is still sufficient supply of fruit vegetables: But if it gets colder in Spain, too, there could be a noticeable shortage of supply, especially…

January-October

Rains and price volatility ate into Cambodian fresh mango exports

Cambodia exported 138,377 tons of fresh mangoes in January-October 2022, down by 31.54 per cent year-on-year from 202.1 kilotons. Vietnam bought the lion’s share of 56.78 per…

"The quality and price of Hainan Sanya mangoes are stable in the new season"

The mangoes in Sanya, Hainan, China are currently being picked and put on the market one after another. The production season will last until June/July next year. Sanya, Hainan is located at 18° north latitude, with abundant sunshine and a large temperature difference between day and night, and the…

Thai durian growers threatened as Vietnam makes debut in Chinese market

Thai farmers who’ve enjoyed a virtual monopoly in exporting fresh durians to China are now concerned about Vietnam entering the market. They fear the latter’s proximity to the…

West Pak Avocado adds to sales team

West Pak Avocado, a grower, packer and distributor of premium avocados, is pleased to add Jennifer Zendejas to its sales team. As director of sales and business development,…

Eitan Zvi, Galilee Exports: "prices and demand in Europe are very good"

Israel will have 30%-40% less avocado volumes in 2022-23 season

Israel will have between 30%-40% less avocado volumes in this 2022-23 season due to last year’s cold weather that affected flowering. According to Eitan Zvi, VP of marketing at Galilee Exports in Israel: “Due to the coldest weather in 50 years last year, that affected pollination and flowering, we are up…

Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs seizes marijuana hidden in pineapples

Dubai Customs made a drug seizure at Dubai International Airport, Terminal 1, when it found marijuana that was hidden in some pineapples fruits. Khalid Ahmed, (Acting) Director of Passenger Operations Department said this type of seizure reflects the efficiency of the advanced systems in place. The…

Prices of Mexican avocados decreasing in California

In California, the prices of Mexican avocados are decreasing. There's no shortage of Mexican avocados this season either; there's a surplus, leading to much lower prices.…

The Mango Industry Reception held within the framework of the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) fair was a success

"We are very satisfied with this year's Mango Reception, it was enormously positive and constructive"

The Mango Industry Reception, which was attended by 400 people, was extraordinary. "The purpose of the event was to celebrate the Mango Retailer of the Year, a recognition that in 2022 was awarded to Kroger Co., and to bring together the mango industry in a pleasant atmosphere to socialize and establish contacts…

Jaime Gorriz, of Trufas Gorriz: "The prices of the high quality production will be much higher than those of the previous season"

"Due to the heat, the quality of black truffle this year isn't the best"

November 15 marked the official start of the black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) season in Spain, and a few days later it is kicking off in the province of Teruel, the world's largest producer of this fungus. The sector believes that prices this campaign could reach record levels. "People started…

2021-2022 season

Togo produced 44,391 tons of pineapples

44,391 tons of pineapples were produced in Togo during the 2021-2022 season. The figure was reported last September by the PROCAT, a project that supports Togo’s pineapple…

Taiwan‘s custard apple is fully exported to Southeast Asia the market prospect is positive

As one of Taiwan's specialty fruits, custard apples are harvested in November each year, and the supply can last until May of the following year. Since the trade door to mainland China was closed last year, Taiwanese custard apple growers have begun to explore alternative markets actively. Recently, Mr.…

The global surface area devoted to this crop increased by 77.35% in the last decade

Latin America has 75% of the hectares of Hass avocado in the world

According to a report prepared by Eric Imbert, of the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the area devoted to avocado…

Ecuador and Guatemala establish the phytosanitary requirements to import chirimoya from Peru

"After seven years of technical negotiations, SENASA and its counterparts in Guatemala and Ecuador have agreed on the phytosanitary requirements that will allow Peruvian…

Kiwi Passion Consortium

Red and yellow fleshed kiwifruit: excellent forecast for the incoming marketing season 2022-2023

On WK 41 the Kiwi Passion Consortium marketing season has started, and its bicolor flesh kiwi (Yellow&Red) will start traveling toward main European and overseas destinations. About November and the yellow flesh kiwi well known as GOLD PASSION will follow. Yield estimations managed by our technicians,…

Northeast Victoria, Australia

Kiwifruit growers combat flooding at Whorouly

Heavy flooding across the North East over recent weeks is causing concern for many within the horticulture industry. This includes Whorouly kiwifruit producers. Last week,…

"Yunnan avocados have high dry matter and oil content, and the output is increasing year by year"

China's avocado market is still largely dependent on imports. However, in recent years, avocados produced in Yunnan have been on the market one after another and the production has increased year by year, attracting a lot of market attention. In order to understand the current development of domestic…

Gallicchio Frutta

"Demand for Italian persimmons has grown by 40% in one week"

"We are receiving a lot of requests for our Rojo Brillante persimmons, as demand has grown by 40% in one week from the general markets and especially from big retail chains," reports Francesca Gallicchio, administrator at Gallicchio Frutta, a company established in 2021 that has managed to stand out on…

Leon Hijweege and Ed Heijnen, Keelings International:

"Challenging pineapple market, less supply mean melon, strawberry sales more balanced"

Keelings International Ltd, a branch of its Irish parent company, has been based in the Netherlands for three years now. We spoke to Leon Hijweege and Ed Heijnen about the pineapple, melon, and soft fruit market developments. Ed Heijnen and Leon Hijweege PineapplesThe company bought a farm in Las Brisas,…

The many health benefits of avocados

Studies have confirmed that avocados contain a hearty dose of important nutrients, such as fiber, good fats, potassium, and vitamin K. That’s why there are several avocado…

Avocados Australia - Facts at a Glance

Australian avocado production and consumption on the rise according to latest statistics

Australia's consumption of avocados increased over the past calendar year, to complement the increase in production, according to the peak avocado body. The annual Facts at a Glance for the Australian avocado industry 2021/22 report showed that Australia's avocado consumption jumped from 4.0 kg per…

Christian Kaufmann, Managing Director of Naturkost Schramm Import-Export Ltd

Stable prices, moderate demand for organic ginger

Ginger is known for its healthy properties and it is popular both in the catering industry, but for some years now increasingly in home cooking as well. Christian Kaufmann, managing director of Naturkost Schramm Import-Export Ltd from Appenweier, mainly offers ginger from Peru, with occasional goods from…

"In the beginning, the Medjool is Moroccan"

Medjool producers in Morocco want to claim primacy

It is well known that Medjool dates, or Mejhoul as they were originally called, originated in Morocco. This origin is confirmed by a study of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm, and codified in the "Mejhoul Book". The study traces the variety back to the region of Boudnib, in the southeast of…

Yantai persimmons enter the market in big volumes

Recently, in Yantai, one of the main producing areas of persimmons, they have been the most eye-catching fruits in the market. Many local farmers sell the persimmons picked…

Calavo announces new hire to support prepared division

Calavo Growers, Inc has hired Andy Foster to support the company’s recently aligned prepared division as VP sales – national accounts.Foster brings more than 25 years of…

Peruvian Avocado Commission and Los Angeles Rams announce sweepstakes winners

The Los Angeles Rams and Avocados from Peru announced the winners of their multi-prize sweepstakes during the November 13th pre-game show prior to the RAMS vs Cardinals. The first prize winner is Amanda Sorensen of Los Angeles, California. Sorensen took home the keys to the Avo Rams custom Hyundai IONIQ…

Pieter Buys – South African Mango Growers' Association

Tommy Atkins crop will be down, but a good average expected from later mangoes

South African mango growers hope that the size of their Tommy Atkins mangoes will make up for what was not a very good pollination and fruit set, despite abundant flowering, possibly as a result of cooler temperatures over that period, says Pieter Buys, mango farmer and chairperson of the South African…

Peruvian Hass avocado export to the United States increased by 46.4% in 2022

In the 2022 campaign, Peruvian Hass avocado accounted for 10% of the US market's avocado imports. Peru exported 125,395 tons of Hass avocados to the United States in this…

Ecuador's yellow pitahaya reaches the Peruvian market

Ecuador exported its first shipment of yellow pitahaya to Peru on November 14, after Peru's National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) authorized the phytosanitary requirements…

USDA China: 2022 Fresh Avocado Report

China sees 11% increase in avocado imports from Peru

Peru continues to be the leading supplier of avocadoes to China with 26 000 MT in 2021 and already standing at 11% more this year, followed by Mexico with 13 400 MT and Chile.…

USDA Chile: Avocado annual

Estimate for Chilean avocado production down by 18.2% in 2022/23

In marketing year (MY) 2022/23, Post estimates that avocado production will decrease by 18.2 percent from MY 2021/22, totaling 180,000 metric tons (MT) due to frost. Chilean…

New Zealand gold kiwifruit growers head to Court of Appeal

Golden kiwifruit growers have been granted the right to appeal a High Court decision that will increase their rates for growing the product in Tairāwhiti. A High Court…

“Portuguese avocado volumes are progressively increasing year after year”

The Portuguese avocado season is on its way. As Global Avocados CEO João Bento Inácio reports, they’ve wrapped up the Bacon avocado season and are getting ready for the Hass season: “We started the season for Bacon avocado and other pollinators in early October and we are ending it on November 15th. We…

Mango, papaya, passionfruit, citrus, cashew and macadamia nut trees

One million trees to be planted in Kenya by GAA stars next week

One million trees are set to be planted in communities around Kenya by 50 Irish GAA players next week, as part of ‘Plant the Planet’, a joint project with Self Help Africa.…

Henk van der Mey addresses Peruvian mango sector at APEM trade show:

"Don't shoot yourself in the foot"

Hars&Hagebauer's Henk van der Meij recently returned from a trip through Peru's mango cultivation areas of Casma and Piura. "In Piura, the season's about to start, although there weren't too many harvested mangoes to be seen yet," says the Dutch importer, whose company imported some 300 containers from…

Menglian Yunnan joins Fresh Hema to create first domestic ready-to-eat avocado supply chain

On November 15, China’s first avocado supply village by Fresh Hema was launched in Mangxin Village, Menglian, Yunnan. In the next three years, Fresh Hema will underwrite 100 million RMB of Menglian avocados, and the two parties will work together to create the first domestic ready-to-eat avocado supply…

Italian professionals working abroad with citrus, dried fruits and kaki productions

Despite some problems in terms of structure and supply chain organization, Italian production and farmers are seen by foreign countries, especially those in the Maghreb and the Middle East, as a role model for production results, for they are obtained by methods that take into account techniques and…

Shelf-life extension trials for California kiwi grower-shipper

Grower/packer/shipper Kliewer Farms LLC announces a successful postharvest trial with Chicago-based shelf-life extension tech developer, Hazel Technologies, using the Hazel 100 sachet on the company’s exclusive kiwifruit variety, Mega Kiwi. As a California grower of kiwifruit with 300+ acres of…

World Cup fans could score free guacamole

With the World Cup starting Sunday, Avocados From Mexico (AFM) is helping fans get excited with free guacamole. The brand is teaming up with a powerhouse pair who are no strangers to soccer’s biggest world games – former U.S. Men’s National Team member Landon Donovan and Rafael Marquez, former member of…

More and better mangoes from Peru this season

While there's a slightly later start to the season, mango shippers say it’s a strong year for Peruvian mangoes. “This is by far the best Peruvian fruit I have seen in years. This year Peru has very beautiful fruit to offer which is excellent news,” says Daniel Ibarra, owner of Splendid by Porvenir. The…

Top 10 avocado exporters

Mexico was the world's largest avocado exporter in 2021 with sales that amounted to 2.976 billion dollars, i.e. 12% more than in the previous year. It was followed by the Netherlands with exports…

Malaysia to ramp up durian sales to China

A Malaysian company, PLS Plantations, has just signed an agreement to ramp up durian exports to China. This is part of a deal they signed with COFCO Food Import Co Ltd, the…

"Ready-to-eat technology helps Xiuwen kiwifruit reach a wider market"

Xiuwen kiwifruit produced in Guizhou was launched in late September, and the production season can last until March-April of the following year. Xiuwen kiwifruit, which is long and cylindrical, has the characteristics of wild kiwifruit, which has a strong fruity aroma and rich taste. "The production of…

Carlos Nemesio, of Anecoop:

"Latest estimates point to the kaki production having fallen by 70%"

The 2022 Rojo Brillante kaki production has been drastically reduced in the main producing areas of Spain since the first forecasts were made. The harvest, which is currently underway, will end almost a month earlier than last season. "In the latest pre-campaign estimate, carried out in September, the production…

World Avocado Congress field days to showcase New Zealand’s avocado growing skills

The global avocado community will experience New Zealand’s unique avocado growing systems and supply-chain processes first hand at on-orchard field days as part of the World…

Tanzania's Ruvuma avocado production to reach 37 000 tons by 2025

Tanzania's Ruvuma avocado production region is expected to reach 37 000 tons by 2025. This follows robust growth strategies they have put in place, the regional commissioner…

Webinar, December 8

Avocado category seasonality has evolved

Avocados continue to grow in popularity and are purchased year-round in the United States. However, new data suggests seasonal influences impact retail sales of avocados, driven by supply chain dynamics and shopper purchase behaviors. These influences have steered the category into an evolution of…

Vincent Keesenberg – Origin Fruit

Rainy run-up to the South African litchi harvest aids sizing

Good rain three weeks ago came at just the right time for the early litchis from Ismyline in Malelane, Mpumalanga Province.“The rain has helped to up the sizing of the fruit: where last year we had much more medium and large fruit, this year there’s more X-large and XX-large fruit,” says Vincent…

The Almeria-based BPZ Comercial Agrícola has been marketing the fruit for more than a decade

"All our pomegranates are certified as organic products"

Almeria is famous for its fruit and vegetable products, but it is also a land of pomegranates, stated Andres Parra, of the BPZ Comercial Agrícola company. A little more than a…

Avocado prices have increased by up to 30% in Piura and Lambayeque

"The price of all products have increased because farmers haven't sown many products due to the increase in fertilizer prices. In recent weeks, avocado prices have increased…

"There will practically be no wild truffles in Castellón"

The long summer drought and the high temperatures in Castellon have left a deep impression on the production of wild black truffles, Tuber melanosporum, this season, which…

New Zealand's gold kiwifruit orchards reach the $2 million per canopy hectare threshold

For the best producing, most sought after properties, in favoured locations, at the right altitude, and growing gold kiwifruit, transactions have reached the $2 million per canopy hectare threshold. Five Te Puke kiwifruit orchards in a combination of green and gold varieties were offered for tender in…

Nepalese orange farmers prosper after switching to avocados

Many Nepalese orange farmers who have been growing this fruit for decades, have found better times by switching to avocado production over the past few years. Avocado farmers…

Harvesting mangoes from a raft

How much fun can mango harvesting be? This Green Farm Forum clip shows a mango picker drifting past mango trees on his raft, occasionally cutting a lovely fruit from the trees.

Norbert Heep, Managing Director of Früchte Heep:

"Premium products are still selling, but more subdued than the standard goods"

Früchte Heep offers mangoes and exotics all year round. "Currently, we receive mangoes from Spain, Brazil and Peru," Norbert Heep, managing director of the Cologne-based Früchte Heep company, tells us. "We have a producer from Spain who explicitly grows mangoes of the Kent variety. Kent is characterized…

Vietnam to sell 90 000 tons of branded durian in China

Vietnam branded durians, equal to 90 000 tons, will be on sale in Chinese retailers soon.  This come as the Vina T&T Group and Sunwah Group of Hong Kong's (China) signed a contract…

Crop estimate due in early December

Zespri predict a 10-15% reduction in green and gold kiwifruit volumes for 2023 season

On the 6th of October parts of New Zealand were hit by a severe frost event, the likes of which had not been seen in many years. The regions significantly affected included…

Authorities launch investigation into Madagascar's lychee trade

Madagascar's authorities said they have launched a probe after a report from an international anti-corruption watchdog alleged possible criminal wrongdoing in the lychee…

Haciendas Bio

"Europe's commercial response to our Demeter and organic yellow kiwifruit has been very good"

The kiwifruit harvest will kick off in northern Spain in just a few days, although the Spanish kiwifruit campaign actually started weeks ago with the first volumes produced in the more temperate areas of the country, such as Badajoz, where the crop has proven to adapt well. This has allowed the…

Increasing produce consumption and marketing push drive up Zespri SunGold kiwi sales

Demand continues to climb for Zespri SunGold kiwi. According to IRI, Total MUNLO, latest 12 weeks ending 10/30/22, SunGold is seeing sales growth up 39 percent and volume up 22 percent year over year. “Over the last two years, produce sales have increased 13 percent. The pandemic helped consumers…

More Vietnamese longan farmers get codes to export to China

Several more small and medium sized Vietnamese longan farmers have received production unit codes to export the product to China. The southern province of Ba Rian - Vu Tau has…

IITA signs a $3.3 million agreement with Gabon to support cassava and plantain seed system

On 7 November, IITA signed an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Gabon to provide Technical Assistance to the Graine Phase 1 Support Project (PAPG1). The ceremony was presided over by Ndoutoumou Charles Theodore, Cabinet Director of the Minister of Agriculture and Food, representing…

Lower volumes of avocados across the entire Mediterranean

Spanish mango season ends with lower prices than last year for the smaller sizes

The mango campaign is practically over in the Spanish province of Malaga, and it is finishing with lower prices than last year's average due to the accumulation of small fruit during the peak production period. "It has been a difficult campaign," said Domingo Medina, president of the Spanish Tropical…

Danper could venture into Ecuador after its expansion in Colombia

"We are exploring the opportunities of growing avocados and blueberries in Ecuador"

Danper has committed to extending the season of different crops by expanding its production to other countries in the region. The company began to produce avocados in Colombia…

November 17, 18, and 19

Salobrena will host the First Andalusian Subtropical Fair

More than twenty companies in the sector and national and international professionals will participate in the First Andalusian Subtropical Fair that will be held in Salobrena's Sports Center on November 17, 18, and 19, which was presented by the mayor of the Villa, M.ª Eugenia Rufino, and the organizers…

Avodemia Kenya is looking for distributors in China and Asia

"Kenyan avocado trees are flowering, we are preparing next year's season"

Jack Njoroge is Business Development Manager at Avodemia Limited. The country has entered the final months of its avocado peak season. Jack comments on the recent market: “The October season has come to an end and we have done our last consignments to China. This shipment will arrive in the beginning of…

Final Zespri kiwifruit charter vessel departs

Zespri’s last charter vessel carrying some of the final volumes of this season’s New Zealand kiwifruit crop has now departed the Port of Tauranga, bound for Tokyo and Kobe in Japan. Around 158 tonnes of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit and 2,231 tonnes of Zespri Green Kiwifruit is onboard the charter reefer…

Athol Currie – The Fruit Farm Group South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal's avo season ending after a late start

“Most KwaZulu-Natal avocado producers are winding up their season. Unfortunately, the recent port strike disrupted the end of what we were hoping would be an extended export season. Bumper crops in Israel and Spain triggered a delayed harvest startup in some of the mid-season regions, which in turn had…

Sizes slightly smaller this season

Brazilian market could open up for Greek kiwis very soon

The Greek kiwis will have smaller sizes this season compared to the previous season, says Zeus' Marketing Sales Director Christina Manossis: “Our kiwi harvest is still in progress. The grapes season is also still going, so we’re having to divide our attention between the two products. For kiwis, we’ve…

Producer reports about Rojo Brillante persimmon season

Demand for persimmons with a firm flesh is lively and prices seem to be rather satisfactory for Italian producers. One month after the start of the season, Antonio Savoia, a producer from Montalbano Jonico (Matera) who owns 12 hectares of Rojo Brillante persimmons, reports about how things are going.…

Bert Westera, Sweet Fruits:

"Limited supplies, good prices on European mango market"

Prices are currently good on the European mango market. "There's quite a lot of demand, and the supply from Brazil is very limited. That's resulting in prices of between €8 and €9," says Bert Westera of the Portuguese company Sweet Fruits' Dutch sales office. "The market will stay tight for the next few weeks.…

USDA report

Morocco exports spurred by berries, mandarins, watermelons avocados and oranges

Morocco has become the 15th-largest fruit exporter in the world by value. According to the most recent estimates (2019) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 66 percent of its land area is devoted to agriculture, with more than 7 percent devoted to fruit production.…

An innovation to improve trade outcomes

Smallholder mango farmers walk the supply chain in Southern Vietnam

Seventy smallholder mango farmers from the Mekong Delta region in Southern Vietnam were transported to Ho Chi Minh City to participate in Walking the Chain. The demand-focused activity walked the farmers through the steps in the produce trade path, giving them a better understanding of what’s required to…

Climate change causes struggles for Gaza date farmers

Date farmers in Gaza's Deir El-Balah have seen production fall due to unusually cold and wet spring weather caused by climate change. They now face hotter summers, wetter…

KVH: Monitoring orchards potentially affected by Psa

KVH has been undertaking monitoring of potentially affected orchards in surrounding areas, after the detection of a Psa variant on two properties was confirmed in July. The…

Kenya earns $57 million in avocado exports to China in three months

Kenya capitalised on the Chinese demand for avocados by exporting $57 million worth of the green gold in just three months. This follows after the Beijing allowed the African…

Ginger could stand out in the coming weeks

Exotic fruits are showing low consumption for the season

"After a downturn in October, the entire exotic and ethnic sector is showing relatively low consumption for the period and higher prices. I expect the situation to remain that way until at least the end of November. However, one product that may stand out in the coming weeks is ginger. There is not much…

François Moran, Tropibana:

“The pomegranate is really starting to become a consumer product in France”

The pomegranate has had a timid start in France, but it has really gained in popularity in recent years. This is partly due to the arrival of new varieties that are more acidic, such as the Wonderful and Acco, but also thanks to the recognized benefits of this fruit with bright-red arils. “The…


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