FLORIDA, USA: Mango supplies light for parts of the US

by Jennifer Harrison, Fresh Plaza   There’s an ever-growing demand for mangos in the U.S., according to Alan Goldberg of A&B Tropical Produce in Miami, Florida, where mango supplies remain rather light.   Right now, Mexico is supplying North America with a majority of its mango needs, and Goldberg is waiting for South American to start […]

FLORIDA, USA: Concerning shortages of pineapple from Costa Rica and Mexico

by Rebecca D Dumais, Fresh Plaza   Demand is exceeding supply of mainly Costa Rican and some Mexican pineapples. At around $10.00 to $11.00 per case, prices are about a dollar higher than usual.   “We’ve seen the same shortage in Mexico because they’ve raised their prices as well,” said Sandy Gatanio of Ayco Farms. Although […]

MEXICO: All-time peak in avocado prices

  The Mexican avocado campaign is in a time of transition between the old and the new season, and prices are at an “all-time peak.” “Right now, the avocado trade is rather slow, because we are waiting to receive authorization to start with the new harvest and the new exports to the US,” affirms Celso […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Citrus exports lower than predicted

by Fred Meintjes, Fruitnet   South Africa has been predicting a smaller citrus export crop from the beginning of the season, but it has now become apparent that volumes may drop further than predicted – a nine per cent reduction compared with last year.   The latest prediction places the estimated export crop at 108.5m cartons, […]

INDONESIA: Set for tropical exports to NZ

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   Indonesian tropical fruit exporters could soon add New Zealand to their potential export markets following trade negotiations between the two countries, according to the Jakarta Globe.   Officials from both countries met in Wellington, New Zealand, on 20 June to discuss opportunities for trade and investment, with a goal on increasing […]

MALAYSIA: Price hike for bananas

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   An increased reliance on banana imports in Malaysia has driven market prices up by 30 per cent, according to a report from Malay Mail.   The report suggests consumers in Kuala Lumpur are currently paying between RM4 (USD 1.01) and RM4.50 (USD 1.14) per kg for the popular pisang abu variety, up from […]

ARGENTINA: Argentina reports new HLB cases

by Maura Maxwell, Fruitnet   Argentina is intensifying its surveillance programme in the fight against HLB after national plant health authority Senasa reported that seven positive cases of Huanglongbing (HLB) were detected in samples of plant material taken in the departments of Iguazú and Eldorado, in the province of Misiones.   Three of the samples […]

COLOMBIA: Colombian fruit exports rise sharply

by Maura Maxwell, Fruitnet   Fruit exports are fuelling the growth of containerised shipments from Colombia according to a new report from Maersk Line.   Foreign trade in containers increased by 4 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Maersk said it expected this gradual growth to […]

UK: Blue River launches new mango in UK

by Nina Pullman, Fruitnet   Thai fruit importer Blue River International has launched a new mango in the UK after a drought in Thailand halted the cropping season of its usual variety.   The Mahachanok mango arrived on Marks and Spencer’s shelves last week, the first time it has been listed with a UK retailer, […]

TFNet to hold a workshop on revitalizing the Malaysian fruit industry

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) is organizing  a workshop on “Revitalizing the Malaysian Tropical Fruit Industry: Enhancing Linkages between Small-Scale Producers and Other Stakeholders in the Value Chain” in Langkawi, Malaysia on 8-10 August 2016.   The workshop will include participants from the public and private sector, including policy makers, researchers, extension officers, farmers, and […]

AUSTRALIA: Scientists deconstruct the perfect papaya

  Christopher Columbus called it the “fruit of the angels” and now The University of Queensland (UQ) scientists have, for the first time, identified the sensory properties of the ‘perfect’ papaya.   “According to our consumer taste tests, the perfect papaya is red, small or hand-sized, fewer seeds, a velvety texture, and sweet caramelised rockmelon […]

AUSTRALIA: Naturo solution stops avocado browning

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   Australian-based Naturo All Natural Technologies has developed a solution it claims will stop the browning of freshly cut avocados and prolong the shelf life of the fruit for a minimum of 10 days when refrigerated.   Known as Natavo Zero, the technology uses a natural process to ‘switch off’ the […]