MEXICO: Avocado prices soar as season comes to an end

  Even though Mexico is a big producer and exporter of avocado, domestic consumers are affected by the increase in prices recorded at the end of harvest season.   In the fourth week of June, the average wholesale price of Hass avocado in the Central de Abastos of Iztapalapa in Mexico City increased by 74 […]

AFRICA: Small sizes dampen avocado market

by Nichola Watson, Fresh Plaza   The Southern Hemisphere avocado crop is seeing small sizes in general this season, and South Africa which is around mid way through the season is no different.   “Harvest is going well with volumes keeping in line with the initial estimate of 12.8 million cartons,” explains Derek Donkin, CEO of […]

RUSSIA: Take it or leave it for banana supplies

by Heather Goulooze, Fresh Plaza   The demand for bananas in Russia is low due to quality issues with the boxes of yellow bananas they are receiving from Ecuador. There are a lot of stone fruits in the local market and consumers are most interested in cherries, apricots and other seasonal fruits. A Russian importer said […]

PERU: We are seeing delays in the shipment of our avocados

  Climate change continues to affect the development of the Peruvian citrus and avocado campaigns. As is well known, the harvesting process of these fruits can be affected by even the slightest drizzle. “As a result of the rains of recent days, this week we’ve had to cancel the shipment of 20 containers to Europe […]

PERU: Camposol ships first Hass avocado container to Japan

  Peruvian produce giant Camposol has marked a milestone in international trade, having shipped its first ever container of Hass avocados to Japan.   The company said the development represented a ‘great challenge’ and followed several months of arduous work. It added the shipments to Japan would strengthen its commercial strategy in Asia.   Having passed the […]

BRAZIL: Papayas are at their peak

by Rebecca D Dumais, Fresh Plaza     Papaya is in peak production right now, especially the Caribbean Red® from Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.   “The Brazilian solo papaya is humming along despite the recent drought that has so adversely affected many others,” said Peter Leifermann of Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we’re well positioned to promote […]

TURKEY: The natural flowering tends to increase the fruit volumes

by Kelly den Herder, Fresh Plaza   The company, founded in 1997, markets pineapples from small and medium producers, with contracts all year round. Its head office is in Istanbul, from where it handles the logistics and distribution to these markets.   The pineapple market in Turkey is not very active. Due to the summer, there […]

MEXICO: Mango supply affected by hectic pricing

by Marieke Hemmes, Fresh Plaza     Higueral Produce sources its mangos solely from Mexico. Their Nayarit supply has been slow in producing and shipping mangos, so the company is looking forward to the new crops from Los Mochis in northern Sinaloa. They should begin receiving fresh mangos for the week of June 27 through July […]

COLOMBIA: Could become the world’s second largest avocado producer

    In 2015, Colombia exported 320 containers of avocados. While it is not a significant amount compared to other producing countries, such as Mexico and Peru, it is the first step for the South American country in its way to increasing its exports. Currently, most of the production concentrates in the second semester; in […]

Regional workshop on dragon fruit diseases to be held in Thailand

With support from the International Tropical Fruits Network, the Food and Fertiliser Technology Center (FFTC) for the Asian and Pacific region, the Mekong Institute, and New Zealand Plant & Food Research are co-organizing a Regional Workshop on the Control of Dragon Fruit Diseases at the Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, Thailand, 4-8 September 2016.   The […]

TFNet launches GAPTROF during the 33rd FAO APRC

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, one out of three people in developing countries suffer from micronutrient malnutrition caused by the lack of essential vitamins and minerals. Poor diet is the cause of micronutrient malnutrition, which can lead to various chronic illnesses and fatigue. Children are particularly more vulnerable and […]

PAKISTAN: Mangoes tracking for strong season

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   Pakistan trade authorities are forecasting a sharp rise in the country’s mango export volumes over the 2016 season, with shipments already tracking ahead of last year, according to local media outlets.   Citing figures from the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA), the Express Tribune reported 28,000 tonnes […]