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 […]