JAPAN: The banana is Japan’s king of fruits

  While the Japanese government has implemented a scheme to reignite inflation, consumer prices have only risen slightly. However, there is one food item that has shown a steady rise in price: bananas. Bananas are considered a cheap fruit in Japan, and although the price is increasing, it is still much lower than those of […]

INFO: Cold wave in China brings business opportunities for South American bananas

by Elisa Xing, Fresh Plaza   Extreme weather that occurred by the end of January this year hit banana growing areas in China and southeast Asia countries, for example, Guangxi province, Yunnan province and Myanmar.   The nonstop rain seriously affected the banana growth, which will lead to the insufficient banana yields for the market. It […]

US: Light mango supplies in March, could improve next month

by Carlos Nunez, Fresh Plaza   Supplies of mangos in the United States are currently light, and that’s made for high prices for fruit coming from Central America. But supplies are expected to increase next month, when both Guatemala and Mexico ramp up production.   Imports from Mexico have been unseasonably low this month, and it’s […]

INFO: Mexican company acquires GreenFruit Avocados

  Mexican avocado grower-packer FrutiVal has acquired Californian supplier GreenFruit in an equity exchange deal that is expected to boost an “ambitious” marketing plan in the U.S., China and Japan.   GreenFruit’s vice president Brian Gomez told www.freshfruitportal.com he was very excited about the agreement, signed last Wednesday, which would give the company its own conventional and organic avocado […]

US: GreenFruit Avocados in FrutiVal merger

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   US vertically integrated avocado supplier GreenFruit has announced its merger with Mexican grower-packer FrutiVal to create direct sourcing programmes for its clients.   The merger will create direct programmes from Mexico to the US and overseas markets throughout the year, with FrutiVal also providing GreenFruit Avocados with a packhouse facility in […]

AUSTRALIA: Smash down the Tassie avocado barrier

by Elaine Reeves, The Mercury   THOSE in the know have long appreciated the richer, creamier flavour of avocados grown here in Tasmania.   But as Dick Shaw planted only 120 trees at Spreyton in 1995, which produce about 500kg a year, not many of us can be in the know.   Paul and Maria Bidwell […]

PHILIPPINE: ‘Bugtok’ disease affecting Negros banana plantations

by Erwin P.Nicavera, Sun Star   AT LEAST five percent of banana plantations in Negros Occidental has been affected by the “bugtok” disease, according to a provincial official.   Provincial Commodity Coordinator Marjo Balinas told Sun.Star Bacolod on Sunday, March 20, that the disease was monitored among banana plantations in the municipality of La Castellana in […]

INFO: Banana wholesale prices continue rising

by Rebecca Baron, Fresh Plaza   Banana wholesale prices have continued to grow since the beginning of the year, reports Federico Fapanni, sales manager for Ortobergamo.   The reason seems to be the lack of produce coming from Latin America due to the bad weather. Incoming volumes are not enough to meet demand, so of course […]

COLOMBIA: Colombian fruit imports dived in 2015

  While Colombia may not have the buying power of North America or Europe, with a population of almost 50 million people it is still a significant market outlet for purveyors of non-tropical fruit.   However, in 2015 the South American country was certainly less prospective for its key foreign fruit suppliers – Chile, the […]

INDIA: Bitter Returns for Watermelon Growers

by Ashok Nanda, The New Indian Express   The Western Odisha district of Deogarh is counted among the few areas in the State where fruits are grown in large scale. Farmers here, though, earn very little profit from the crops.   This industrially backward district is famous for cultivation of fruits like watermelon, Litchi, orange […]

PHILIPPINE: Davao banana growers to get ‘Mindanao’ trademark

  The Mindanao Collective Trademark (MCT) will be officially launched in June. The launch is the result of an extensive consultation process involving private sector stakeholders, officials and representatives of the European Union (EU)-funded Trade Related Technical Assistance Project 3 (TRTA 3), Department of Trade and Industry, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and PhilExport.   Sagrex […]

AFRICA: Mozambique banana fungal disease concern S. African farmers

  The banana fungal disease, panama disease, has been present in northern Mozambique for the past few years. There are now concerns among banana farmers in South Africa that should this soil-borne fungus spread there, it could put the whole banana industry at risk.   Professor of the Department of Plant pathology of the University […]