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OVERVIEW GLOBAL AVOCADO MARKET

April marks a transition in the supply of avocados. After Chile stops exporting, there is a gap in the market. South Africa and Peru are still unready to meet the huge demand, and this, in combination with the…..

Increased export of Brazilian macadamia nuts
In shell Brazilian macadamia nuts perform really well in the Chinese market. “It has been a good year production wise. We haven’t experienced any extreme weather conditions, just the right amount of rains and no harsh winters. This resulted in…..

Chile’s experience arouses the interest of Mendoza’s dried fruit clusters
According to Andres Rodriguez, the CEO of the Chilean Walnut Commission and of Chile Prunes, “Argentina’s nut sector, which is in the process of constituting the association of dried fruits, is greatly interested in the success that the…..

At the same time as blueberry
Peruvian cherries have international opportunities from September to November
The market continues to offer business opportunities for Peruvian products. In some cases, the products only have to follow the path that others have opened, as in the case of Chilean cherries, a large export line that allowed them to export…..

Venezuela only has 3% of the vegetable seeds it needs
The director general of the Confederation of Associations of Agricultural Producers of Venezuela (Fedeagro), Gerson Pavon, said that they only had 3% of the vegetable seeds that the country needed because the seeds were not arriving in the…..

The US continues to be the main destination
Chile has sent more than 300,000 boxes of nectarines to China
According to data from ASOEX, in the current export 2016-2017 season (which goes from September 1, 2016 to March 23, 2017), Chile has exported more than 7.14 million boxes of nectarines to different target markets, i.e. 4.1% more than in the…..

Growcom welcomes Australia’s new Hort Code
Horticulture organisation Growcom today welcomed the announcement of the new Horticulture Code of Conduct which will come into force on the 1st of April.Chief Advocate Rachel Mackenzie said the new Code was developed after a major independent…..

Special Australia and New Zealand

“Our goal is for the NZ consumer to be buying even fresher produce”
Future Fresh NZ import Spanish technology to extend the shelf life and retain the quality of fresh produce, through the entire cool-chain. Brent Rogers is the Director of Future Fresh in NZ, but also works for the Spanish suppliers…..

Global Focus Grapes

Mahindra agri to increase export potential with new grape varieties
Mahindra Agri Solutions in India is planning to familiarise farmers in Maharashtra with new varieties of grapes to open up new export markets.Farmers are now trying out Redgrove and Black grapes to diversify and cater to emerging export demand……

Egypt: “Spanish, Indian and Chilean grapes are our main competition”
The company, Easy Food Egypt, has been exporting several varieties of grapes for two years, with the Sugraone, Red Flame, Crimson and Red Globe being its flagship products. The fruit is shipped to countries like the UK, the Maldives, Malta and…..

Andrew Biles:
“We need to work together to protect the Cavendish”
In 2014, Brazil’s Cutrale Safra bought the American banana giant Chiquita. The multinational thus ended up in private hands. Andrew Biles was appointed by the new owner as CEO and President of the company. With him, we look back on the years…..

Goodfarmer: Bananas are key to domestic Chinese market
When Goodfarmer was launched in 2002, the company established itself as an export company and later as an export brand. The group is internationally known for its supply of Chinese grown ginger, garlic, apples and pears. In recent years,…..

Large world supply and shortage of foreign currency in Africa
South Africa: Apple prices under pressure in Africa and Middle East
Early apple varieties, like Golden Delicious and Royal Gala, were smaller than usual in some production regions like the Langkloof and, together with large world volumes, this has put apple markets under pressure.Golden DeliciousGolden…..

Malaysian pineapple exporter prefers Middle Eastern markets
Some markets in the Middle East, like Iraq and Iran, are rumored to be unattractive for exporters due to the political situation and slow payments. However, the Malaysian pineapple export company Kulim Berhad actually prefers these markets as…..

Coöperatie Hoogstraten and BelOrta want to merge
On 30 March, the managements of Coöperatie Hoogstraten cvba and BelOrta cvba granted permission to found a ‘merger committee.’ This committee will start negotiations on behalf of both managements, which will eventually lead to a merger. This…..

US: Low imported and domestic avocado supply continues to push prices higher
Supplies are continuing to be tight on imported avocados. “From Mexico right now, we’re seeing decline in what’s been available to ship to the U.S.,” says Dan Acevedo of Newport Beach, Ca.-based Greenfruit Avocados. “And we’ll continue to see…..

Hans van der Meulen, Rida Trade:
“Demand for ginger increases annually in Europe”
The Chinese ginger season is in full swing for Rida Trade. “We have a good supply and prices are fairly stable. As we’re nearing summer, sales traditionally decrease somewhat, so it’s expected we’ll get a bit of price pressure. Nevertheless,…..

Ginger export price in stable descent
“In normal circumstances, the peak period for ginger exports to Europe starts in December. From April onward, the European market shifts from large-scale imports to the consumption of stored ginger. So at present, the export peak period for…..

Wonderful Citrus sees potential in grapefruit
In early February, DNE World Fruit, Florida’s largest citrus exporter, was acquired by Wonderful Citrus, the citrus giant based in California. With that takeover, Wonderful Citrus significantly increased its market share. Aside from DNE being a…..

Short-term supply gap for chard during transition to Santa Maria
Chard has finished up its season in Brawley, California. As temperatures increase, so does bug pressure and product quality declines. “That’s what dictates when we have to pull the plug,” said Patty Emmert, specialty crop manager at Duncan…..

California Giant launches ‘Follow us to our farm’ program
California Giant Berry Farms just launched a new consumer-based campaign called “Follow Us to Our Farm” as they call attention to the item-level traceback program in place on their fresh berries.Over four years ago the company made the…..

Digital destination for the growing movement to blend mushrooms with meat
The Mushroom Council launches Blenditarian.com
This week, the Mushroom Council launches Blenditarian.com, an online hub that captures the growing popularity in restaurants, cafeterias and kitchens for “The Blend” – the practice of blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat for burgers and…..

Denny adds avocado to their menu
Approximately 500 Denny’s locations throughout Arizona and California will showcase “A Taste of California” limited time offer (LTO) from April 1 – June 30, 2017. As part of that promotion, Denny’s will feature their Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger…..

“Listeria bacteria can hide inside tissues of romaine lettuce”
A Purdue University study shows that the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can live inside the tissue of romaine lettuce, suggesting that conventional post-harvest sanitization practices might not be sufficient to kill the potentially lethal…..

‘Honeyberries: In search of the fifth berry’:
New berry is perfect for Northern growers
What seems to be an up and coming new berry, the Honeyberry, was put in the spotlight during the Global Berry Congress on Tuesday, during one of its planned workshops, ‘Honeyberries: In search of the fifth berry’.Logie Cassells from…..

Itay: Psa returns to kiwi orchards
Over the past few weeks, all kiwi orchards have experienced a return of bacteriosis, caused byPseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (PSA). This event caught both producers and technicians by surprise, especially as there had been no prolonged…..

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:
“Papaya experiences similar development to avocados and mangoes”
Sales of papaya are suddenly increasing. “In southern countries, but also on the ethnic market, papaya was always a beloved exotic, but the product is gaining in popularity in all of Europe. Especially the Famosa variety, which is very…..

Spain: “Difficult to compete with Egyptian strawberries with subsidised transport”
The strawberry campaign is currently at its peak. Now is the time when the most production is marketed due to the good weather conditions. This is taking a toll on strawberry prices, which have fallen considerably because of the greater volume…..

Italy: Temperatures slightly below 0°C in Emilia Romagna
On the night of 28th March 2017, Arpa weather stations in Emilia Romagna registered temperatures of almost 0°C in various areas. Carpi dropped to -0.1°C, Correggio to 0.6°C and many other areas registered temperatures between 0 and 1°C. What’s…..

Italy
Demand for PGI Roman artichokes expected to increase around Easter
Azienda Agricola Mari Daniele produces Roman artichokes – a vegetable that is embedded in the town’s history and tradition – on 10 hectares of open fields.This variety comes in two types: “castellammare” and “campagnano”. The former is very…..

Italy: StraBerry: the soil-less strawberries
Almost a “surreal” world, located just a few km from central Milan, where fruit is cultivated in suspended greenhouses, heated with photovoltaic panels. This is the work of Guglielmo Stagno d’Alcontres, who chose to combine tradition and…..

Hungary looks to export ag machinery to the Philippines
Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjárto has shown his interest in aiding the Philippines in boosting their agricultural production and increasing the automation of the sector by exporting their ag machinery.“Hungary too is…..

Organic sweet potatoes take off in Europe
In 2010 Eosta sold the first boxes of organic sweet potatoes from the USA to Dutch health food stores; in 2017 the organic tubers, now coming from six different countries, are transported by the truckload to major retail chains such as ICA in…..

Spain: Discounted prices for oranges at retailers denounced
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (Growers’ Union) has asked the General Directorate of Trade and Consumption of Valencia’s government and the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) of the Ministry of Agriculture to initiate an investigation into the…..

Yantai Quanyuan Food Co., Ltd.
China: Drought leads to a slight reduction in Shandong Fuji apples
“The arid climate last year in Shandong province, not only caused a reduced yield of Fuji apples by 10-15% over the previous years, but also led to outbreaks of diseases and insect pests, which directly affected the size of the apple in the…..

Can be transported by air
China: Hainan Royal mango enjoys exclusive honor
“In China, the main producing area of Royal mangoes is in Hainan province, and the production season generally starts in late February and ends at the beginning of July each year. The total yield of the Hainan Royal mango last year was…..

Pakistan: Launching its first horticulture export policy
The Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Standing Committee on Horticulture, Agriculture Produce & Processed Food Exports held a meeting under the Chairmanship of Imtiaz Hussain and discussed the restraints faced in horticultural…..

Rising middle class boosting global cold chain logistics
Cold chain logistics is shaping up to be global. In the current scenario, there is a high demand for health food that is fresh and nutritious. Further, the growth of the middle-class population in developing economies such as China and…..

The start of a “smart” era of modern logistics industry
On 27 March, “JJ Logistics”, a smart logistics information platform in Ganzhou was formally launched. Six key logistics projects were contracted at the same time, with the total investment reaching 11.07 billion yuan. The projects include…..

Maori King opens Seeka’s iconic new head office in Te Puke
Seeka Ltd’s iconic new head office in the kiwifruit heartland of Te Puke was opened today by the Maori King, HM Kiingi Tuheitia. The ceremony was attended by Trade Minister Todd McClay and some 700 growers, local government officials and…..

NZ onion grower processes 100tn per hour after upgrades
Leading New Zealand grower, Bostock New Zealand, is processing a whopping 100 tonnes of onions per hour after installing new automated handling equipment from Tong Engineering.Based in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, in what is claimed to be one of…..

Webster Limited expands Australian walnut production with 250ha addition
One of Australia’s biggest walnut producer, Webster Limited, has expanded its nut portfolio with another 250-hectare acquisition in southern NSW.Webster, which has been beefing up its nut and broadacre irrigation operations in the Riverina…..

African Cashew Alliance urges Ghana to join CICC
Mr Ernest Mintah, the Interim Managing Director of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA) has encouraged the government in Ghana to join the Cashew Consultative International Council (CICC) which will help grow the industry in the country and help…..

Most and least remembered states in the US
This map shows which states are the hardest and easiest to remember, according to Sporcle, as of 14 April 2014.A full sized version of the map can be found here.

Broccoli fiber can help prevent colon cancer
Coinciding with the World Day Against Colon Cancer, the Laboratory of Phytochemistry of the Department of Food Science and Technology CEBAS-CSIC, which collaborates actively with the Asociación +Brócoli, reco-mmended eating broccoli at least…..

Mahindra agri to increase export potential with new grape varieties
Mahindra Agri Solutions in India is planning to familiarise farmers in Maharashtra with new varieties of grapes to open up new export markets.Farmers are now trying out Redgrove and Black grapes to diversify and cater to emerging export demand……

Egypt: “Spanish, Indian and Chilean grapes are our main competition”
The company, Easy Food Egypt, has been exporting several varieties of grapes for two years, with the Sugraone, Red Flame, Crimson and Red Globe being its flagship products. The fruit is shipped to countries like the UK, the Maldives, Malta and…..

“Our goal is for the NZ consumer to be buying even fresher produce”
Future Fresh NZ import Spanish technology to extend the shelf life and retain the quality of fresh produce, through the entire cool-chain. Brent Rogers is the Director of Future Fresh in NZ, but also works for the Spanish suppliers…..

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