USA: Mango cross-merchandising can boost sales

Even as mangoes move more into the mainstream for U.S. consumers, there are ways retailers can make consumers even more comfortable with the world’s most consumed fruit.   Two big ones are point-of-sale marketing/education and cross-merchandising.     Robert Schueller, director of public relations for Los Angeles-based World Variety Produce, which markets the Melissa’s brand, […]

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.” […]

TRENDS: Chinese jujubes could give dates some competition

London-based Abakus Foods is processing and exporting jujube fruit products to 10 countries and is bringing them to Casino supermarkets in France, according to Food Navigator. The sweet and chewy fruit, also called red dates or Chinese dates, is considered a superfood because it’s loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients.     The jujube is included […]

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 […]

USA: The return of an heirloom watermelon

Don’t tell Nat Bradford that a watermelon is just a watermelon.   Not only is the Bradford Watermelon about the sweetest, juiciest watermelon you’ve probably never heard of, let alone eaten … its backstory is pretty juicy, too.   In the sandy soil of Sumter County, S.C., generations of Bradfords have been harvesting these 30-to-40 […]

USA: Watermelons look towards a strong 2017

As we head into the summer season, watermelon supply and consumption are both expected to be strong for 2017.   “We’re now seven weeks into the domestic season with plenty of imports still coming in from Mexico and less so from our Central American partners in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama,” says Jason Hanselman […]

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 […]