USA: Bananas continue to remain at the top when it comes to imports

by Lora Abcarian, The Produce News   Bananas continue to maintain a commanding presence in produce departments and consumer shopping carts. “Bananas claim over 50 percent of the volume of fresh fruit imports,” said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. “Excluding bananas, fresh fruit imports rose from 12 percent of domestic consumption in […]

INDIA: Growers fret over mango glut, Bihar villagers rejoice

A bumper yield of mango crop in Bihar, combined with early ripening of the fruit due to the severe heat this summer, has left growers despairing over huge potential losses, instead of profits they were hoping for.   Not all are complaining though.   People who could not afford to put the ‘king of fruit’ […]

VIETNAM: Fruit, vegetable exports grow in first five months

The country’s fruit and vegetable exports reached US$629 million in the first five months of this year, soaring 17.8 per cent in turnover compared to the same period last year.   The country exported nearly 900,000 tonnes of fruit in the past five months, with dragon fruit taking the lead with 350,000 tonnes, followed by […]

MALAYSIA: No Artificial Colouring In Durians, Ministry Assures

There is nothing thorny about Malaysian durians offered to tourists as the king of fruits is free from artificial colouring.   This assurance comes from Tourism and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general Dr Junaida Lee Abdullah.   She said the ministry, together with Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry and the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), was […]

INDIA: Malda mango traders face problem of plenty

by Subhro Maitra, The Times of India   A bumper crop of mangoes this year has reduced orchard owners and traders to tears.   Not only has the excess production led to a case of supply outstripping demand, thus pushing down prices drastically, the export of the king of fruits to Bangladesh has also stopped […]

NEW ZEALAND: Seeka’s commitment to innovation drives top avocado returns

Seeka will harvest all of next season’s crop for its avocado growers using the new efficient blue plastic bins it has been introducing as part of its commitment to innovation, says Chief Executive Michael Franks.   Seeka currently has 6,000 of the bins in service and will be doubling the number this year. The Surestore […]

STUDY: Avocado compound holds promise for treating leukemia

by Honor Whiteman, Medical News Today   Avocados are responsible for one of our favorite Mexican dips and can brighten up any salad, but a new study finds there may be much more – a compound found in the fruit could help tackle acute myeloid leukemia.   Prof. Paul Spagnuolo, of the University of Waterloo […]

VIETNAM: Australia imports Vietnamese lychee for the first time

by Thao Vi, Thanh Nien News   The first consignments of Vietnamese lychees to Australia, weighing three metric tons, have arrived in Melbourne as Vietnam are trying to reduce the dependence on China as its main buyer of the fruit.     Australia and the US are two new markets for Vietnamese lychees this year. […]

VIETNAM: Dragonfruit leads exports

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   Vietnam has topped US$600m in fruit and vegetable exports in the first five months of 2015.   Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports reached US$629m in the first five months of 2015, up 17.8 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to Vietnam News.   Dragon fruit was […]

THAILAND: Ministry of Commerce addressing Hong Kong’s ban on Thai durian imports

Thai officials have explained local farmers’ practice of soaking durian in turmeric solutions to Hong Kong authorities after the latter imposed a ban on Thai durian following the detection of turmeric use.   According to Duangkamol Jiambutr, spokesperson to the Ministry of Commerce, Thai officials at the international trade promotion office in Hong Kong have […]

PERU: Lima to host 8th World Avocado Congress

by Fred Wilkinson, The Packer   With Peru’s presence in the global avocado market on the rise, the nation’s capital is set to play host to the 8th World Avocado Congress.   The event will take place Sept. 13-18 in at the Westin Hotel in San Isidro, Lima’s financial district,   Presenters from avocado-producing regions […]

CANADA: Avocado-derived drug shows promise in fighting leukemia

by Johanna Weidner, The Record   Avocados may hold the secret to combating a deadly form of cancer, a Waterloo researcher has discovered.   Paul Spagnuolo, a professor in the University of Waterloo’s school of pharmacy, isolated a lipid in avocados that can treat acute myeloid leukemia by targeting the leukemia stem cells, which is […]