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Full Nature farm proves that aquaponics can actually be profitable

Hong Kong: Edible flowers sold for 50% less than imported ones

Full Nature Farm, based out of Hong Kong, is proving to the Asian vertical farming industry that it is possible to be profitable with aquaponics. Ray Lok, founder of the company, and his team have developed a unique vertical system that would be more space-efficient than hydroponics. “DWC and NFT are…

"The percentage of 5.5cm and 6cm garlic is higher than usual"

"Chinese garlic bulbs are rather big this year"

The new garlic season has begun. The first exported garlic will be shipped to overseas markets in June. Production areas are still in the middle of harvesting the garlic. The product quality is higher than last year. And the percentage of 5.5cm and 6cm garlic is rather high. Mr. Wang, the sales manager…

Interview with Huizhan Wholesale Merchant

"Choosing the right direction is the foundation of our sustainable development"

Zhejiang Sango Trading Co., Ltd. is a service-oriented fruit industry chain enterprise, integrating overseas trade, domestic wholesale, terminal retail services, and planting and processing. Currently, it has established outlets in major regional wholesale markets across the country. Faced with the…

“New packaging method allows Chilean fruits to be more competitive in Chinese market”

UPAC Fruit is a fruit grower group based in Chile and Peru. Through them each grower sends his own products to the retailers, which leaves growers with more profit, and buyers with better prices, a direct fair trade business between growers and the end of the chain. Juan Vicuna is the sales director, he…

Trends in the market for import oranges and grapefruit

"Fewer imported oranges arrive, but overall sales conditions are predicted to be the same as last year"

Importers have struggled with unprecedented challenges in the last few years as a result of frequent outbreaks of Covid-19. Importers deal with a lot of uncertainty related to distribution, labor, and resources. It is of vital importance in this uncertain market to flexibly adjust operation policies, accurately observe changes in market demand, and consistently gu…

The logistics system has gradually recovered, and overseas fruits have returned to consumers' tables

As we enter May, the business activities of foreign companies in Shanghai are steadily restarting and, with the gradual improvement of logistics problems, the transportation and sales of imported fruits are gradually recovering. During the pandemic, due to the limited logistics supply chain capacity,…

Lytone will be present at HORTI ASIA May 25-27 at Booth #B22

"We are ready to share our experiences in tackling freshness quality issues after logistics uncertainties"

As the worldwide Covid-19 situation improves, international exhibitions are starting to be held once more. Lytone Enterprise, Inc., from Taiwan, will present its post harvest…

“Fruit Daifuku becomes an increasingly popular food in Japan”

Daifuku is a traditional Japanese confectionery which has existed since the 18th century. The traditional Daifuku is made of bean paste from red beans wrapped in mochi. In the 2020s, Fruit Daifukus came out in the market and have grown more popular ever since. Traditional Daifuku with seasonal fruits - Fruit…

Vietnam: year-round dragon fruit supply thanks to local investments

Vietnamese dragon fruit has a strong potential for the European market. Vietnam grows three dragon fruit varieties: white flesh, purple pink and red dragon fruit. Purple pink and red dragon fruit is slightly sweeter than the white flesh variety. Under the correct storage conditions dragon fruit can be…

"Two key factors for success in the packaging industry are product diversity and environmentally-friendly materials"

"The food boxes we produce are often made of food-grade PP and food-grade PET, but we also customize our packaging to meet the specific requirements of our clients for materials and colors." That is according to Ms. Li Lu of Zhejiang Qunlu Innovative Materials Co., Ltd. She recently introduced their food…

Thailand's mangosteen production will increase by 38% to 380,000 tons this year

It is the season for the production and listing of critical economic fruits in Thailand now, such as durian, mangosteen, and rambutan. According to the Ministry of…

"Suppliers pack grapes with visible stems to show how fresh the grapes are"

The grape industry is struggling with an important issue during this pandemic and the general difficulties with logistical delays, which is the freshness of grapes when they arrive at their final destination after weeks at sea. Shandong AWT Biotech Co., Ltd. is a specialized manufacturer of fresh-keeping…

Taiwan registers new pineapple variety with Japan's fruit authorities

The Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) said this week it had registered a new pineapple variety that it developed in 2019 with Japan's agricultural ministry  The new…

Export delays lead to unsatisfactory ginger prices

The ginger market last year was very sluggish. In previous years, the basic price at the growers could be sold at about 6-10RMB, but last year, it was only 1.4RMB per kilogram…

“Our Angel Fresh fresh-keeping technology can extend the storage period of fruit by 120%-150%”

This is the time of year when many fruit production areas in the Southern Hemisphere enter their busiest season. The volume of fruit that reaches the Chinese market by sea is growing every day. However, the global shipping crisis and the shipping container shortage create a lot of uncertainty factor in…

“TempU08 Disposable USB temperature data logger with LCD Screen is better at recording temperature changes during transport”

The ability to accurately monitor temperature and humidity levels in storage or during transport is of the utmost importance to manufacturers, suppliers, importers, and exporters. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, with transport costs rising, a shortage of shipping containers, delays in distribution…

Japan: Seasonality gap of strawberries offers huge market potential for vertical farmers

“Although they say that many people will pay extra for high-quality strawberries, we don't see any price issues in the strawberry market in Japan. The prices of our products are reasonable and competitive,” Yuuki Matsuda, CEO of MD-Farm, a Japanese agtech company. MD-Farm offers vertical farming systems…

"We work hard to help plum producers and retailers extend the shelf life of their fruit"

This is the peak period of the plum season. Plums are easily damaged during transport or in storage. When temperatures are too low the stone starts to rot, while high temperatures cause the plums to spoil. Keeping plums fresh post-harvest and in storage is therefore one of the key issues in the plum…

Lower volumes for Indian mangoes

"Demand will go up as mango prices domestically go down"

It’s been rough for the mangoes from India, as weather conditions resulted in lower volumes and some quality issues. On top of that the cost of freight can be challenging. However, with the domestic price of mangoes going down, one exporter has hopes that demand for export will pick up soon. According to…

At least 10,000 tons of Cambodian mangoes bound for Korea every year

South Korea aims to import at least 10,000 tons of mangoes from Cambodia annually. This was confirmed by Pan Sorasak, Ministry of Commerce, during his meeting with Gyuhwa…

Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Pakistan: Price of tomatoes increases in twin cities

As the festival of Eidul Fitr neared, traders continued enjoying the benefits of a free-market economy in their favor, with prices of tomatoes increasing by around Rs10 on a…

Freshplaza May special - Asia

For the upcoming month FreshPlaza shines a light on Asia in our May Special. The container issue has become massive in Asia, as prices for logistics were already at a high level. Are you an importer or grower of fruit and vegetables or do you provide services in Asia? Do you export fruit and vegetables or services from there to…


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