PHILIPPINES: Del Monte streamlining operations in US

Fresh from a $200-million fundraising, Campos family-led Del Monte Pacific Ltd. (DMPL) plans to streamline its operations in the United States, improve margins by exiting the nonbranded manufacturing business and focusing on its branded consumer business.   DMPL—which yesterday raised the curtain for the dollar-denominated securities (DDS) trading platform of the Philippine Stock Exchange with […]

UAE: Crowds Throng Jackfruit Festival in Abu Dhabi

Now this fruit is no ordinary fruit as it has managed to be a major crowd puller (mainly Indian expats) to LuLu Hypermarket in Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, where the Jackfruit Festival is being held.     For the Indian expat population the festival is not only a celebration of taste but also the very […]

MALAYSIA: Demand for Musang King

JOHOR BARU: The inflow of tourists from China into the country is a positive sign for the tourism sector but the trend is proving to be a double-edged sword in driving up the price of the King of Fruits, durian.     Desaru Fruit Farm director Alice Tong said the first thing Chinese tourists usually […]

AUSTRALIA: As Cocoa Shortage Looms, is Jackfruit the Answer?

With worldwide demand for chocolate outstripping the production of cocoa beans, the hunt is on for viable alternatives.   One of the possibilities is jackfruit, a large tropical fruit found in South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that compounds found in jackfruit seeds produce […]

HONG KONG (CHINA): In Hong Kong, People will Pay RM300 for a Durian

It might be a healthy food choice, but Hong Kong’s latest fruit fad is doing serious damage to shoppers’ wallets.     From luxury supermarkets to outdoor stalls, expensive premium produce is increasingly on show and sought after by customers.   At Hong Kong’s vibrant Yau Ma Tei fruit market, a Malaysian durian goes for HK$600 (RM342) […]

UK: Edible Bananas Grown in Exeter for the First Time

Edible bananas have been grown for the first time in Exeter – with some musical help.   The mini versions of the popular fruit of the Musa acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ – normally only found in tropical countries – have been cultivated at a greenhouse at the University’s Streatham campus. They are of the same Cavendish […]

USA: From Jackfruit to Cherimoya, it’s a Paradise of Tropical Fruit

At the end of Hana’s heavenly highway, Lilly Boerner found her paradise.   All around her home grows luscious tropical fruit, from avocado and cherimoya to papaya and rambutan. It’s not only her family’s own private Eden, but its livelihood.   “Today, we have a family business,” said Boerner, a Sacramento native. “Two of our […]

USA: Hala – The Unknown Tropical Fruit That Looks Like A Pokemon

Forget apples, pears and clementines. In some parts of the world, fruit isn’t just sphere-shaped with a colorful peel. In Hawaii, for example, they eat a fruit with multicolored spikes that looks more like a Pokemon than something edible.     The mysterious fruit comes from a tree called the “Hala” or “Pandanus” depending on […]

PHILIPPINES: Philippine Banana Bonanza Sparks Debate on Shift to China

The Philippines has boasted of an early win in its pivot from the US to China: a surge in sales of tropical fruits for which President Rodrigo Duterte’s home island is renowned.     Exports of Philippine bananas have soared since the outspoken leader’s landmark October trip to Beijing led China to lift import curbs imposed in […]

CUBA: Cuban Uses Tropical Fruit and Condoms to Make Own Brand of Wine

The sweet smell of fermenting fruit fills the streets around the modest Havana home where Orestes Estevez and his family fill glass jugs with grapes, ginger and hibiscus, then slip a condom over each glass neck to start the unusual process of winemaking in a land famed for rum. From origins as an illicit backyard […]

INDIA: The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres

The road to Thimmamma Marrimanu leads through one of the driest parts of India. I picked it up in a town called Kadiri and drove another hour through camelback mountains and peanut fields. Granite boulders covered the brown landscape like a crumble topping. Nature had been stingy with the flora—saving up, perhaps, so it could splurge […]

BOLIVIA: Bolivian Banana Producers Meet Requirements to Export to Russia

A new project will be allowing banana growers in the tropics to stop shipping 95 percent of their production to Argentina.   Guzmán explained that the pilot test to export the product lasted from 9 December to 20 January. In that time, the fruit was kept in a cold chamber in the tropics at 14 degrees […]