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 […]

NEW ZEALAND: Avocados to be added to list of exported fruits to China

New Zealand is a step closer towards supplying fresh avocados to China and opening up access to an untapped market for Kiwi growers.   The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Avocado announced yesterday after a series of discussions and signing of protocol to agree export requirements, negotiations had successfully wrapped up. “Securing […]

COSTA RICA: “We don’t see a solution to the Mexican avocado conflict this year”

Costa Rica’s Hass avocado lovers could receive good news regarding the return of this Mexican product.     Costa Rican consumers, who haven’t been able to enjoy this product since May 2015, might soon enjoy this product again, as the conflict between both countries could be solved in the near future.   The State Phytosanitary […]

MEXICO: Avocado volume to top last year’s

Avocado volume out of Mexico should reach nearly 2 billion pounds during the current season — July 1 to June 30 — an increase from last year, despite a slow start during the summer.     Volume could be 15% more than last year, said Rob Wedin, vice president of sales and marketing for Calavo […]

KENYA: What avocado export market wants from you

As demand for avocados grows locally and internationally, there is no short cut for farmers seeking the best market and prices.   One must get it right when it comes to varieties, seedlings and fruits, especially if planning to sale in the export market.     Brian Gesimba, the agro-marketing manager at Amiran Kenya, says […]

CHINA: Local farm grows avocado

The first batch of home-grown avocados from a farm in southwest China’s Yunnan Province are to be harvested, the grower said.   The 500 hectares avocado farm, located in city of Pu’er, is one of the largest in China.   The total output of avocados is estimated at 200 tonnes this year, said Qi Jiazhu, […]

AUSTRALIA: Avocado lovers set to clean up as fruit numbers smash record

Australia’s favourite breakfast smash could soon become cheaper to come by with a record harvest tipped for the industry.   And local growers look set to avoid the brunt of any price changes as global consumption continues to drive significant improvements in grower returns.     The nation’s peak avocado body is forecasting an abundant […]

NEW ZEALAND: World avocado prices double after reduced harvests

If you’re a lover of guacamole, chocolate avocado shakes or smashed avocado on toast, get ready to pay more for your fix of the green fruit.   Avocado prices have risen to a record due to surging global demand and reduced harvests from major producers Mexico, Peru and California.   A 10-kilogram box of Hass […]