KENYA: How to produce export-worthy avocados

Avocado farming has become a big-league agro-enterprise with various market forces including border control, climate and global appetite for avocado favouring Kenyan producers.     The Hass avocado, a premium product in the Middle East and Europe has especially gained popularity in the ready-to-eat segment, with consumer appetite changing gradually from the green-skinned varieties to […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Record avocado exports expected in 2018

South Africa is expecting a sharp uptick in avocado exports this season to record levels of 66,000 metric tons (MT), compared to 43,700MT last year.   Subtrop CEO Derek Donkin attributed the rise to better growing conditions, an ‘on-year’ and new plantings coming into production.     “Last year’s crop was small as a result […]

NEW ZEALAND: High avocado prices predicted to drop with big crop

A return to more affordable avocados has been forecast for next season after avocados hit a record end-of-season price of $4 per fruit in some Tauranga supermarkets.   The 2017-18 season was influenced by avocado trees producing very poor crops in many Bay orchards, with Te Puke grower Ron Bailey saying his production fell to […]

NEW ZEALAND: Late summer wet has tropical fruit thriving

It may have been a flop for broccoli and cabbages but the hot wet end to summer has Kiwi-grown tropical fruit flourishing.   The summer season was a flop for leafy green vegetable growers across the country, with many crops rotting, causing prices to spike.     But bananas and watermelons have soaked up the […]

PERU: Sharp rise for avocado exports in 2017

Peru’s avocado exports soared in both volume and value during the 2017 season, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).   The entity said export volumes rose 27% year-on-year to 247,000 metric tons (MT), with the value soaring 46% to US$580 million.   According to International Trade Center data, in 2016 Peru became […]

AUSTRALIA: Costa Group’s not done with smashing avocado growth

Harry Debney, the chief executive of market darling Costa Group, has heard all the gags about smashed avocado and Millennials.   But Tuesday’s share price surge at Costa – up 10 per cent to a record high of $6.88, taking its 12-month gain to 79 per cent – is no joke.     Investors were […]

USA: Avocado sales to China could more than double this year, boosted by demand from the middle class

Avocado sales to China are expected to more than double this year as demand continues to grow for the fruit from the country’s expanding middle-class population.   “It appears to just double every year, from what we’ve seen,” Steve Barnard, president of Oxnard, California-based Mission Produce, the world’s largest distributor of avocados. “It maybe more […]

USA: Hawaiian avocado certified world’s heaviest

Guinness World Records confirmed this week that a Hawaii woman found the world’s heaviest avocado.   Pamela Wang was on her daily walk when she made the discovery — a 5-pound, 3.6-ounce avocado in December.     News of the find made her and the oversized fruit a national and international story.   “I have […]

NEW ZEALAND: NZ avocados to find its way to China

Avocado growers who have surrounded their orchards with deer fencing and installed night vision security cameras will be smiling when the China avocado market opens up next year.     The Ministry of Primary Industries advises New Zealand is a significant step closer to supplying fresh avocados to Chinese consumers and opening up access to […]

AUSTRALIA: Avocado prices stable

A Manjimup avocado export company representative has spoken out against reports predicting a drop in avocado prices, saying the price would likely stay stable throughout summer. Advanced Packing and Marketing Services managing director Jennie Franceschi said she was surprised by comments from former Avocados Australia CEO Antony Allen. Mrs Franceschi said it was likely that […]

LIFESTYLE: Lime-avocado cheesecake recipe

Avocado-Lime Cheesecake with Oatmeal Brittle Crust and Gingered Blueberry Sauce   This is a rich, creamy, smooth, no-bake cheesecake with a crust made from oatmeal brittle, oats, and walnuts. A gingered blueberry sauce, sweetened with some of the powdered brittle, adds a zesty finish. Make the brittle first. You’ll have much more than you need […]

AUSTRALIA: High tech map of avocado, macadamia and mango orchards helps disaster response

For the first time, Australia’s mango, macadamia, and avocado crops have been mapped.     It’s a move that authorities say will change the way government and industry deals with natural disaster responses and disease outbreaks.   The Australian Tree Crop Rapid Response Map is available online and is a collaborative project involving state and […]