Jackfruit finds a company

by Shree Padre, Kannur   After studying India’s scattered jackfruit industry for more than a year, Subhash Koroth, 32, finally decided to take the plunge. This May, he invested Rs 1 crore of his own money and started India’s first formal jackfruit company, Artocarpus Foods Pvt. Ltd., at Taliparamb, near Kannur, in Kerala.   The company […]

VIETNAM: High air transport fees stymie fruit exports

by Kim Chi, Viet Nam Net   Vuong Dinh Khoat, general director of HCM City-based Hugo Company, said in Tuoi Tre that the high shipping cost has caused problems. Hugo plans to export longan and dragon fruits to the US. He has been told that he would have to pay $3.4-3.6 to ship a kilo […]

VIETNAM: Steep airfreight costs cut fruit exports

by Luisa Cheshire, Fruitnet   Steep airfreight costs are preventing Vietnam from penetrating foreign markets.   The South East Asian nation hopes to export US$2bn worth of fresh fruit this year, but analysts doubt the goal is attainable due to high airfreight fees which make the product uncompetitive on some markets.   Vuong Dinh Khoat, […]

PERU: Mango producers protect themselves from El Niño

Mango growers have the best prospects possible this season, since the plants had a good flowering, the fruits have grown well and the figures achieved in the 2014-15 campaign could easily be surpassed, according to the president of the Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (EMPA), Juan Carlos Rivera.     However, he adds that […]

KENYA: Improving organic avocado quality

Avocados from Kenya are seen by some in the trade as a lower quality product compared to Southern Hemisphere supplies from Peru and South Africa according to Anthon Bothma from Eagle Fruit Alliance. “For the past few years the Kenyan producer watched his product being discounted against competitive supplies. Many producers in Kenya farm on […]

GAMBIA: Outgrower support increases mango production

by Lamin B. Darboe, Daily Observer   The coordinator of the Outgrower Project, Radville Farms, has stated that the increase in mango production within the Greater Banjul Area could be attributed to the major support the Project rendered to the mango farmers by providing them with D6, 000 (USD 152) worth of harvesting trays and […]

AUSTRALIA: Lychee business bounces back with showcase at Food & Wine

Lychee Divine owners Kerry and John Pool will be showcasing their lychee-based products at this weekend’s Good Food & Wine festival in Brisbane, after an “amazing” business turn-around.     After four years of harsh weather and poor lychee yield, it was the sale of a tractor that kept the family-owned business afloat when they […]

USA: Papaya leaders consider forming marketing order

by Fred Wilkinson, The Packer    Papaya industry leaders got together at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2015 to discuss forming a marketing order.   A marketing order — along with a national board to implement it — would increase sales and consumption of papayas through efforts to educate consumers, receivers and retailers about handling […]

BRAZIL: Watermelon exports more than double during start of season

The Brazilian melon and watermelon export season kicked off this year with larger shipping volumes than the last campaign.   Melon exports during August and September totalled 37,924 metric tons (MT), marking a 9% year-on-year rise, according to data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.   Half of the export volumes this […]

AUSTRALIA: Thousands throng durian party in Melbourne

The largest durian party at the city’s Queen Victoria Market (QVM) attracted some 5,000 people.     Organised by property developer SP Setia Bhd and aptly named Makan Makan, there were throngs of people who came not only to enjoy the delicious delicacy, but to experience the Malaysian culture in a multi-cultural gathering yesterday.   Aside […]

INDIA: IG International strengthens avocado strategy

Leading Indian fruit trader IG International is continuing its avocado drive in India with the launch of Hass prepacks from New Zealand, amid hopes more consumers will incorporate the fruit into their cooking.   The latest promotion centers on a budget-priced avocado pack targeting Indians, many of whom many not be very familiar with avocados, and […]

PHILIPPINES: Korean makes millions on PH mango

by Zac Sarian, Manila Bulletin   Did you know that an enterprising young Korean based in the Metro Manila is making millions on our Philippine mango? This we gathered when we attended the mango congress in Cebu City recently.   This guy is estimated to sell at least 2 million mango halves that are sold […]