SPAIN: CVVP beefs up citrus offer

by Maura Maxwell, Fruitnet   CVVP (Valencia-based non-profit club: CVVP for its initials in Spanish), the protected vegetables varieties club, presented a trio of new citrus varieties at Fruit Logistica this month. In addition to Clemcott, its premium Nadorcott selection, the club showcased new offerings in the orange, mandarin and lemon categories.   M7 is an […]

CHINA: Chinese pomelo producer eyes the Netherlands

by Anouk Sijmonsma, Fresh Plaza   “Pomelo is one of our main products. Our pomelo production consists of three processing plants and three plant bases. Our ‘early’ plant base covers 70 hectares, our medium plant base consists of 35 hectares and our late plant base is the largest with 140 hectares. We export red and yellow […]

ECUADOR: The banana ranking changes in the country

by Mercedes Cabrera, Ecuador Times   Dole is still in first place as the largest exporter company, ten out of a hundred bananas that leave the country belong to this brand.   The second place is for Favorita Fruit Company (Banana King of the Pacific), which last year increased its sales by more than 2 million […]

ARGENTINA: Jujuy to strengthen controls on citrus

“We have talked about strengthening the checkpoints against the entrance of citrus that is infected or that can bring an infection to our province because we must protect our production. In that sense, we have agreed on a course of action to follow,” said minister Juan Carlos Abud Robles.   The meeting served to inform […]

STUDY: Avocado’s cholesterol lowering properties

A new study has revealed that avocado has significant cholesterol reducing properties which can reduce the risk of heart disease and also help with weight loss, reports the UK newspaper the Daily Mail.   Though classed as a fruit, the avocado is not typical in the fact that rather than being high in carbohydrate, avocados […]

FILIPINO: banana exporters hope for lift of Chinese ban

Talks are expected to take place between the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) and the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)’s Plant Quarantine Service on the possibility of lifting the ban on some banana exporters in Mindanao by Chinese government. At present, five banana companies have been suspended from exporting bananas to China due […]

U.S: Florida citrus order reauthorised

by Carl Collen, Fruitnet   The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has announced that Florida’s citrus growers have reauthorised the Florida citrus research order in a statutorily required referendum conducted by the department.   More than 87 percent of ballots received by the department were in favour of reauthorisation, the FDACS revealed.   The […]

SPAIN: Citrus prices at origin at extremely favourable levels

The price at origin of Andalusian citrus has doubled this year compared to that of the previous season. In the first week of February, oranges reached an average of 0.27 € (USD 0.30)/kilo compared to 0.13 € (USD 0.14)/kilo in the same period last year. The case is similar with mandarins, which have stood at […]

JAPAN: Mangoes grown in the snow

Growing tropical fruits in the snow looks like an impossible task, but the adventure of some entrepreneurs in the Japanese island of Hokkaido has proved to be a success. The coveted mangoes cultivated in this area, with a designation of origin, are sold for up to 50,000 yen (about 388 Euro) (USD 443.06). East of […]

AUSTRALIA: searches for smoother rinds

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   Growing citrus with smoother rinds could present Australian suppliers with a competitive advantage in Asian markets, according to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI).   The state government body is set to undertake a research project to help growers in the Riverina, Riverland and Sunraysia regions compare […]

AUSTRALIA: avocado shortage coming to an end?

The leap in avocado prices has caused much consternation among those in the industry, but Australian consumers can now relax, as the prices which skyrocketed as high as $7 this year, should soon drop back to their usual $2 or $3. This is due to fruit from Queensland soon hitting shelves around the country, however […]

AUSTRALIA: Global success for Queensland’s banana pioneers

Six months ago, Rob and Krista Watkins opened their state-of-the-art $3.8 million factory at Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands, and launched Natural Evolution Foods. Now the north Queensland creators of ground-breaking banana flour, have a major national distribution deal, an office in the United Kingdom and are making a foray into the American market.   […]