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South African citrus is gaining ground in the European markets

“There is optimism in the citrus market, particularly with the grapefruit season, which started even better than expected,” stated Diego Moeykens, general manager of Indiana Import. This French company also believes that “there are great prospects for Navel oranges, although we still need to be cautious,” affirms Moeykens, as the cracking problems that these oranges… Read more »

The growth of Australian exports into ASEAN

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show horticulture exports have grown significantly over the past decade into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), making it one of Australia’s strongest trade partners. Across all goods and services, ASEAN is currently a ‘top three’ trade market in terms of value, behind China and Europe…. Read more »

Indian pear imports have doubled since 2001

Pear imports into the country are rocketing, with exporters across the globe targeting a growing demand for the fruit in India. According to figures published by the Indian government in 2015, India’s pear consumption has doubled between 2001-2002 and 2015-2016 period, reaching 365000 tonnes and Mumbai is the biggest consumer of pears in India. Interestingly,… Read more »

The ten most expensive fruits in the world

What is the most expensive fruit in the world? Japanese cube-shaped watermelon? Ruby red grape? Ginseng pears? Wrong! by Hari Yellina. The ten most expensive fruits of the world, from cheapest to most expensive, are: 10— Ginseng fruits – He Bei, China.  Inspired by “Jouney to the West” (one of the Four Classic novels of… Read more »

Zespri halts kiwifruit shipments to China

Zespri is developing a new testing regime to prevent delays at the Chinese border due to a recent risk notification issued by the country saying shipments had been found carrying a fungus that could cause fruit to rot in storage. As Zespri “weather tightens” shipments of the fruit to China, it is temporarily halting all… Read more »

India: Scientists invent sugar-free mangoes

The mango is India’s most popular fruit, but due to its high sugar content, diabetics are unable to eat it and unfortunately, India has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world.  But scientists are now trying to create a new form of sugar-less mango which will be safe for everyone. The mango… Read more »

Washington apple season on target

This year, weather depending, Washington is predicting a good apple season. According to Rebecca Lyons, International Marketing Director at the Washington Apple Commission, if the weather does not get any warmer before the beginning of this year’s harvest, Washington should yield the expected 168 million cartons of apples (fresh and processed), which will represent 64… Read more »

Ruby Roman grapes sell for $14,600 at auction in Japan

A bunch of grapes in Japan has sold for $14,600 at auction, a record price for the variety in the fruit-obsessed nation where the produce can be a huge status symbol. Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to “ooh… Read more »

South Australia’s export strategies lead to growth

The State Government’s export strategy is paying dividends, a leading economic report says. Despite falling prices in some sectors, a strong rise in volumes contributed to an almost $600 million boost in exports, the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies June 2016 report shows. Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith says the report is a… Read more »

Export focus at Horticulture conference

AUSTRALIAN vegetable growers were given a practical overview of the export process at the National Horticulture Convention held on the Gold Coast last week. The Practicalities for Exporting Vegetables Symposium drew a large crowd and speakers included Export Council of Australia chair Dianne Tipping, as well as representatives from across the supply chain. AUSVEG national… Read more »

AU: Nut industry receives funding injection

Horticulture Innovation Australia has been awarded a $5 million grant to help increase Australia’s nut production capacity. The Rural Research and Development for Profit program funding complements a further $9.8 million from Hort Innovation, the Almond Board of Australia and the South Australian, Victoria and NSW governments. The funding will facilitate a four-year program that… Read more »

Flooding hits Tassie vegetable producer

Tasmanian vegetable producer Harvest Moon suffered 15ha of destroyed leek crops when the Forth River burst its banks this month in some of the worst flooding in 26 years. Leeks were strewn through the streets of Forth earlier this month after floodwaters caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to vegetable producer Harvest Moon. The… Read more »

Australia: Freshcut pineapple supply grew 18% in 5 years

Tropical Pineapples market pineapples from Australia’s largest group of pineapple growers, growing on the Queensland coast from Rollingstone in the north, right down to Beerwah in southern Queensland. As a group they supply 1 million trays of pineapples grown on around 1500 acres of land over 22 farms. Tropical Pineapples have a 45% share of the… Read more »

Gross value of farm production forecast to reach $58.5 billion next year

INCREASES in prices for some crops will help boost the value of Australian farm production to $58.5 billion next financial year. This is up from the $54 billion forecast this time last year for 2015-16. According to the quarterly Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences agricultural commodity report, released today, agriculture will… Read more »

NZ: Doubling primary sector exports will require a lot of effort

Back in 2012, the Ministry for Primary Industries set the target of reaching $64 billion in annual exports by 2025. The MPI says its goal of doubling New Zealand’s primary sector exports by then will require the annual growth in the value of exports to almost triple starting this year. In its latest Situation and Outlook… Read more »


Australian company offers world-first, all natural processing technology which stops browning of freshly cut avocado and prolongs shelf life for a minimum of 10 days Naturo All Natural Technologies (Naturo), an Australian food technology company, has developed world-first technology which is set to revolutionise the global avocado market and create a significant impact in the… Read more »

Increasing NZ onion profitability

LandWISE 2016 kicked off in Havelock North on Wednesday 25 May, and the first day of the event saw the unveiling of ground-breaking Hawke’s Bay onion research, which aims to boost New Zealand onion production. About 150 were at the presentation by sustainable land and water management consultant Dan Bloomer, based at the Centre for… Read more »