USA: Oriental Fruit Fly Threat Surfaces in South Florida

Another exotic pest is on the move in South Florida, keeping farmers on their toes. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. The initial fly was discovered recently during routine trapping. Additional flies were found during expanded […]

USA: Nearly 80% of Hawaii’s papaya farms destroyed by lava

The Leilani Estates eruption is also affecting farmers in lower Puna.   The Hawaii Farm Bureau’s latest estimate is that nearly 80 percent of all papaya grown in the state comes from the Kapoho area. Now much of it is gone.   Hundreds of farming jobs could be in jeopardy as lava continues to threaten […]

US: Avocados on Everything? Restaurants Capitalize on Rising Supply

The already-popular avocado is getting a turbo boost from higher supply and lower prices — and restaurants are eager to cash in.     Starbucks Corp. has added avocado spread to its permanent menu in the U.S. and Canada after a successful test run last year, while Chili’s Grill & Bar this month began selling […]

USA: Early watermelon crops facing problems

Cooler temperatures in the Coachella Valley have prompted the watermelon season to begin around May 14. Supplies are limited due to high winds in the area, which have damaged some of the earlier plantings. Mexico is also facing its own issues.     “The Mexican regions of Hermosillo and Guaymas have started, however Guaymas has […]

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 […]

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 […]