SAMOA: Banana exports breakthrough

Samoa can officially begin exporting fresh banana and plantains to New Zealand again.   The breakthrough comes under a new export plan the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries have agreed upon.     The good news for banana farmers come after a long hiatus since Samoa stopped exporting […]

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 Olé […]

USA: Vietnamese rambutan exports to resume

“Right now there is very little rambutan in the market since Vietnam is the main supplier this time of year and they have been on Lunar New Year holidays since Feb 15,” says Paul Armstrong of Los Angeles, Ca.-based RHA Group. “But we have started getting in shipments this week and getting back to normal.” […]

VIETNAM: Fruit trucks stuck at Chinese border

Up to 400-500 fruit-carrying trucks loaded with watermelons, dragon fruit, bananas and mangoes have arrived at the border gate each day; while China has allowed only around 250 trucks per day because of storage issues, leading to a 5 to 6-kilometre tailback at the border gate area.   Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nong Quang Tam, head […]

VIETNAM: Fruits of labor

After nine years of negotiations, good news came to Vietnam’s agriculture sector in September when dragon fruit hit shelves in Australia, making the country the first to be licensed to export fresh dragon fruit to the stringent market.   It represented a milestone in local dragon fruit conquering the world. The 600 boxes of about […]

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 […]

VIETNAM: First batch of star apples exported to the US

The first batch of Vietnamese star apples has been exported to the US by the Cat Tuong Agricultural Products Producing & Processing Co Ltd from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and provincial authorities yesterday.   With the shipment, Vietnam has become the first and […]

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 […]

PHILIPPINES: PHL to raise concerns of banana exporters at WTO meet in Argentina

President Duterte said the government would raise before the World Trade Organization (WTO) its concerns over the subsidies extended by Latin American governments to their banana producers, which have allowed them to export bananas at a lower cost. While he vowed to also look into the request of major Filipino exporters to negotiate lower tariffs […]

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 […]

PHILIPPINES: Farmers ink deal for monthly export of 8MT of papaya to South Korean firm

The Department of Agriculture (DA) said South Cotabato-based farmers have inked a trade agreement with a South Korean firm that would import at least 8 metric tons (MT)  of papayas monthly starting this month.     DA 12 Regional Executive Director Milagros Casis said farmers from Tupi province successfully shipped a ton of solo papayas […]