AUSTRALIA: Bumper avo crop on cards for Australia

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   Avocado production and consumption continues to rise in Australia, with more than 68,000 tonnes of avocados expected to hit retail shelves in coming months.   Ideal weather conditions have set the scene for a bumper crop from March to November, says grower-owned marketing company the Avolution.   “In recent years we’ve […]

MEXICO: New irradiation plant for citrus

  According to Jose Calzada Rovirosa, the head of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa), thE agency would promote a project for the construction of an irradiation plant for citrus for export.   The official stated at a meeting with citrus producers and federal lawmakers that, according to a statement […]

COLOMBIA: “Colombian pineapples have greater potential than competitors”

  While the production and marketing of pineapples in the domestic market is a well-known field for Colombia, the country has recently started to explore the international market. “There is currently a supply of more than 450,000 tonnes in the Colombian domestic market, but exports are becoming interesting for us as producers. The companies that are […]

GERMAN: Demand for Ready-to-Eat-Mangos remains high

  “Only the best!” that is the philosophy of the Dieter Fuhrmann fruit and vegetable company in Berlin. The customers of the family business, situated at the Berlin wholesale market, emphasize their need for quality and freshness. “Every day we supply our customers, hotels and restaurants, in Berlin and Brandenburg,” tells Markus Fuhrmann, manager of […]

ECUADOR: Ecuador counts cost of powerful earthquake

by Maura Maxwell, Fruitnet   At least 246 people have died and many thousands injured by a powerful earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday.   The magnitude 7.8 earthquake, whose epicentre was near the northern town of Muisne, caused widespread damage to infrastructure across large swathes of the country.   It is not yet known to what […]

CALIFORNIA: California avocado volume begins to increase

by Tim Linden, The Produce News   Some weather issues combined with a disappointing early season market to get the California avocado season off to somewhat of a shaky start.   With a huge amount of imported fruit in the market in January, the market price for the start of the California avocado season was not […]

AUSTRALIA: Bumper avo crop on cards for Australia

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   Avocado production and consumption continues to rise in Australia, with more than 68,000 tonnes of avocados expected to hit retail shelves in coming months.   Ideal weather conditions have set the scene for a bumper crop from March to November, says grower-owned marketing company the Avolution.   “In recent years we’ve […]

ECUADOR: “Ecuador is sold out”

by Kelly den Herder, Fresh Plaza   “Who was expecting this radical change? The year 2015 was one of the worst years in Ecuadorian history for bananas. We weren’t expecting a big change anytime soon, but the market has turned around completely since January 2016 and the demand for Ecuadorian bananas is still exceptionally high. There […]

AUSTRALIA: Australian exporters welcome Japan cuts

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   Australian citrus exporters have received a timely boost on the eve of their peak season, with another round of tariff reductions invoked in Japan.   The cuts are the third round of reductions to be made under a free trade agreement between the two nations, finalised in January last year.   […]

INFO: Colombian agribusiness has the potential to export to the EU

  According to ProColombia, some 275 Colombian agribusiness products, including cocoa, quinoa, exotic fruits like gulupa and gooseberries, confectionery, fresh flowers, bakery, and products from the milling industry, have a chance in the European market.   “The European Union has become a hub for the agroindustrial sector. It is one of the largest importers in […]

NEW ZEALAND: Avanza pushes ahead in Asia

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   All was not lost for New Zealand’s avocado sector in a season that stakeholders are referring to as a “short crop” year.   Industry projections put the total export crop at around 2.5m trays (5.5kg), short of the pre-season forecast of 3m trays and some 2m trays down on the previous […]

INFO: Chinese officials visit Tauranga in cross-industry tour

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   The CIQA officials visited an avocado orchard in Katikati, heard presentations from NZ Avocado, Zespri, Pipfruit New Zealand and New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, and also toured the Plant & Food Research site in Te Puke.   While New Zealand-grown apples and kiwifruit have access to China, the avocado […]