INDONESIA: China agrees to increase palm oil and tropical fruit imports from Indonesia

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed on Monday to bolster trade between their two countries, including to increase Indonesia’s crude palm oil (CPO) exports to China.     Jokowi received Li at the Bogor Palace on Monday in a visit that marked the fifth year of the Indonesia-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. […]

INDONESIA: China-US trade war to affect exports, including mangosteens

A China-the United States trade war will affect Indonesia`s exports, Head of the International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia (FISIP UI) Evi Fitriani said.   “Most of Chinese raw materials are imported from Indonesia. The raw materials processed by China and those exported to the United States,” Evi Fitriani […]

MALAYSIA: Choosing between oil palm and durian trees

Oil palm is still the most efficient oil crop in the world in terms of yield per hectare. Yet, as smallholders contemplate the overdue replanting of old trees, some oil palm estates may well become Musang King durian plantations because this particular species of durian is commanding astronomical prices in China.   If oil palm […]

MALAYSIA: China may approve ruc bird’s nests, durian export

The Malaysian Embassy in China sees a strong possibility of Malaysia getting the approval for its raw-unclean (RUC) swiftlet edible bird’s nests and fresh durian, especially the ‘Musang King’, to enter China starting the middle of this year. Ambassador to China, Datuk Zainuddin Yahya, said the export approval for RUC bird’s nest and the whole […]

MALAYSIA: Sarawak sends maiden shipment of durian paste to China

Sarawak, through local fruits exporter Top Fruits (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, made its first-ever shipment of frozen durian paste to China today, sending 16 tonnes to what is becoming a voracious market for the king of fruits.     Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas launched the shipment at the company’s processing plant at […]

CHINA: Peruvian flame mangoes a welcome arrival

Leading Peruvian supplier Camposol has teamed up with Dole China to introduce a line of Kent mangoes to the Chinese market.     Branded under the name Peruvian Flame Mangoes, the fruit entered the Asian nation in the lead-up to Chinese New Year celebrations. Dole is distributing the fruit through offline retail channels such as […]

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 […]

CHINA/VIETNAM: Firms ink watermelon trade deals

Enterprises in Vietnam and China have signed principle contracts on watermelon trade in 2018 and the following years at a conference held in the central province of Quang Ngai on December 6.   The event was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in conjunction with Quang Ngai province and China’s Guangxi province.   […]

MALAYSIA: The fruit that smells like gym socks is skyrocketing in China

China’s love of a pungent, football-sized thorny fruit is skyrocketing, and Malaysia wants a piece of it.   The value of China’s fresh imports of durian fruit has climbed an average of 26 percent a year over the past decade, reaching $1.1 billion in 2016, according to United Nations data. Thailand dominates that market, but […]

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 […]

COSTA RICA: Exporters pin hopes on China’s pineapple intake

Costa Rican pineapple suppliers could face major oversupply if the anticipated major demand from China is less than expected.   The Chinese market opened for Costa Rican pineapples earlier this year and there are already significant volumes being sent to Asia, said Jai Thakrar, president of exporter Jalaram Fruit, with new plantings in the ground […]

CHINA: E-commerce giant Alibaba’s drones deliver passion fruit to islands

      Source: Xinhua