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Exotic fruits flood into Vietnam

Exotic fruits flood into Vietnam, Credit: Marco Verch (Flickr)
Credit: Marco Verch (Flickr)



Vietnam imports US$150 million of fresh fruits and vegetables every month, with shipments soaring from the US and Australia. This influx has led to exotic fruits becoming less pricy and fuelling further demand. The General Department of Vietnam Customs reports that the main sources were the US and Australia with imports rising over the past ten months by almost 70%. Shipments of fruits from South Africa rocketed by 39%, while those from New Zealand were up 38%, those from China climbed 36% and those from Chile increased 21%.

The volume of fresh blueberries imported from the US by air has reached 350 tons this year. In the face of the larger supplies, prices have tumbled, with the average price per kilo of blueberries falling 40% since last year and Australian Navel orange prices plummeting 35%

The prices of other exotic fruits have seen similar patterns, such as New Zealand’s kiwis and apples, US grapes, Australian mandarins and South African pears.

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BayWa now also a supplier of exotic fruit

BayWa AG aims to expand its portfolio in the growth market for exotic speciality fruits, particularly in the 'ready-to-eat' segment, with its plan to buy a majority share of Dutch exotic fruit and vegetable supplier TFC Holland B.V.

BayWa AG aims to expand its portfolio in the growth market for exotic speciality fruits, particularly in the ‘ready-to-eat‘ segment, with its plan to buy a majority share of Dutch exotic fruit and vegetable supplier TFC Holland B.V.

Subject to approval by antitrust authorities, the Munich-based trading and services company will pay €28.7 million for a 68.4% stake in De Lier-based TFC, BayWa said in a February 2 press release.

Active in the sectors of agriculture, construction and energy supply, BayWa said the move would be an important step in its international growth strategy in agriculture and strengthen its position as a leading international supplier of exotic and pome fruit.

“TFC has long-standing international trade relations in all procurement markets for exotic fruits – mainly for avocado, mango, ginger and citrus fruits, as well as with the European food retail industry,” BayWa said.

“The European market for exotic fruits has been on the rise for several years. TFC’s product range of appealing specialities is an excellent complement to our existing pome fruit business,” said BayWa AG CEO Klaus Josef Lutz.

“For the European food retail industry we are gaining significance for future cooperation as a result of this majority stake.”

Thanks to its apple business, BayWa AG is already one of the largest suppliers of pome fruit in international trade. In the global fruit business, the BayWa Group traded around 200,000 tons of dessert pome fruit in 2014. The fruit business is one of the strongest internationally focused business areas within the BayWa Group.

“In Germany, BayWa is a leading supplier to the German food retail industry and the largest single marketer for German dessert pome fruit and the largest supplier for pome fruit from biological contract farming.”


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Huge demand in China for fresh fruit, says CIQA president

There is huge domestic market demand for fresh fruit in China, according to Ge Zhirong, president of China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and former vice minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ)

Interview with Ge Zhirong, president of China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and former vice minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ – China’s customs and quarantine authority).


How many countries have now been approved for import fresh fruit approved, reviewed or amended by China ?

As at October 2014, fruit from 35 countries/regions had been approved for export to China, covering Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa. Among the EU countries which have obtained market access are France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands.

AQSIQ issues the list of varieties of fresh fruits obtaining access to the Chinese market and list of the exporting countries/regions.


Are there any fresh fruit and vegetable products for which there is unmet demand in China and therefore room for more imports?

There is huge domestic market demand for fresh fruit. Along with the increased health consciousness and higher living standards of the people, fresh fruit and vegetables have become an indispensable part of their daily meals.

Consumer demand for fresh fruit and vegetables is diverse, with variations across regions and levels. With 1.3 billion people, China has great market potential in terms of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Do you have any advice for those hoping to export their fruit or vegetables to China?

Close attention should be given to laws, regulations and related rules of procedures on market access promulgated by Chinese government departments.

In regard to the entry-exit inspection and quarantine of fruits and vegetables, AQSIQ develops and oversees the implementation of the relevant technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures on behalf of the Chinese government.

Both suppliers and buyers need to fully understand and comply with these rules so as to ensure smooth trade flow and avoid unnecessary obstacles to trade.


What steps has China taken recently to improve food safety and quality standards?

The Chinese government attaches great importance to food quality and safety and has developed a series of regulations and standards and keeps them updated along with developments in practice. For example, in 2009, China issued the “Food Safety Law”. Following the implementation practice in the past few years, an update was prepared. In December 2014, the draft revision was submitted to the National People’s Congress for examination and approval. Based on the original articles of the law, some new elements have been added to the draft version. These new elements include such points as to add some new specifications on food storage and transportation, market circulation of edible agricultural products, labelling of GMF (genetically modified food) and increased penalties for law breakers, and so on.


What role does CIQA play in improving fresh produce quality and safety and promotion of world trade? What specific activities have you carried out in this regard?

As a social organization approved by the State, the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) plays an important role in improving product quality and promoting international trade. It acts as a bridge linking the government departments and the import and export enterprises. On the one hand, the association promotes understanding and awareness of state laws, regulations and related procedures by organising technical exchange activities, seminars and training courses, On the other hand, it passes on to the government the demands of importers and exporters – based on their market operation and international trade – to fill regulatory gaps or enhance the applicability of current regulations. The association is always ready to offer quality technical service to enterprises.


What kind of technical services does CIQA provide for enterprises?

For example, since 2009, the association has organised the annual world FVF (Fruit and Vegetable Fair). During the fair, technical exchange activities are held. Based on the exchange content, we invite government officials and relevant experts to attend. Any producer, exporter or buyer at the fair may participate in these technical exchange activities.

Furthermore, depending on the needs of a specific country or organisation, we also organise bilateral seminars. For example, in November 2014, when China FVF 2014 was held, CIQA and the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing jointly organized the “China-New Zealand Fresh Fruit Technical Exchange and Trade Match-making Meeting” in Beijing, which was highly regarded by New Zealand’s fresh fruit exporters.

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What international exhibition and technical exchange activities does CIQA have planned this year?

In 2015, the following four international exhibitions will be sponsored by CIQA:

1. The Shanghai International Exhibition on Food, Meat and Aquatic products in June 2015,

2. The Guiyang Eco-Origin Product and Technology Exhibition in July 2015,

3. The Beijing World Fruit and Vegetable Fair (China FVF 2015) in September 2015, and the

4. Beijing International Inspection Technology and Equipment Expo in September 2015.

During each of these exhibitions there will be various forms of technical exchange activities, in which friends from all countries are warmly welcome to participate.




AQSIQ list of fresh fruit and exporting countries/regions with access to the Chinese market. Updated December 31, 2014.

(This English version is for reference only, the definitive version is in Chinese.)


AQSIQ list of fresh fruit and exporting countries/regions with access to the Chinese market. Updated December 31, 2014.

(This English version is for reference only, the definitive version is in Chinese.)





Orange, grapefruit, tangerine (& hybrids), apple, pear


Citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime), mango, apple (Tas.), grape, cherry






Kiwifruit, apple, grape, plum, cherry, blueberry, avocado



Costa Rica



Orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangor






Apple, kiwifruit




Mango, grape


Banana, longan, mangosteen, snakefruit


Orange, pomelo, tangerine/mandarin, lemon, grapefruit




Apple, pear


Longan, mangosteen, litchi, coconut, watermelon, papaya, rambutan


Avocado, grape, blackberry and raspberry


Citrus (orange, tangerine, clementine, grapefruit)

Myanmar (Burma)

Longan, mangosteen, rambutan, litchi, mango, watermelon, muskmelon, zizyphus mauritiana (last 4 must enter via Ruili or Daluo port)



New Zealand

Tangerine, orange, lemon, apple, cherry, grape, kiwifruit, plum, pear


Mango, orange




Grape, mango, citrus (grapefruit, orange & hybrids, tangerine, lime)


Pineapple, banana, mango, papaya

South Africa

Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lemon, grape


Tangerine, orange, pomelo (grapefruit), lemon


Pineapple, banana, coconut, sweetsop (custard apple), papaya, starfruit, mango, guava, wax apple, areca (betel) nut, tangerine, pomelo, prune, loquat, persimmon, peach, date (Chinese), plum, lemon, orange, pitaya, Hami melon, pear




Tamarind, orange, cherimoya (custard apple), citrus, pomelo (grapefruit), papaya, carambola, guava, rambutan, wax apple, jackfruit, langsat, pineapple, ginseng fruit (sapodilla), banana, passion fruit, coconut, longan, durian, mango, litchi, mangosteen




Plum (Cal.), cherry (Wash., Oregon, Cal., Idaho), grape( Cal.), apple (Red Delicious & Golden Delicious: Wash., Oregon, Idaho), citrus (Cal., Florida, Arizona, Texas), pear (Cal., Wash., Oregon)


Mango, longan, banana, litchi, watermelon, rambutan, jackfruit, pitaya


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Read the interview as it appeared on p25 of our latest edition, number 135.


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Trends in exotic fruit consumption

World consumption of exotics is on the rise, though more so for certain products, such as pineapple, mango and avocado, according to Freshfel Europe.


Demand is still high but EU imports of exotic fruit fell 8% over 2009-2013 and only those of avocados and guavas/mangoes are climbing, research by Freshfel Europe shows.

In contrast, in the US, the world’s top exotic fruit importer, imports are increasing across the range.

And globally, consumption of exotics is on the rise, although more so for certain products, such as pineapple, mango and avocado.

Exotic fruit production, imports that for total fruit

The Freshfel analysis, presented earlier this month at Berlin’s Fruit Logistica, also indicates worldwide production of exotics has risen 48% in the last ten years, while that of total fruits grew 28%.

Similarly, in 2013, global imports of exotic fruit were 146% higher than in 2002, more than double the change for total fruit.

Both the US and the EU, the second biggest importer of exotic fruit, rely heavily on Costa Rica for their imports, particularly for pineapple.


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Exoctic fruit consumption

In the EU, exotic fruit (mainly pineapple) accounted for about 5% of all fruit consumption in 2012, compared to 9% in the US (mainly pineapple and avocados).

Freshfel noted a trend towards increased avocado consumption in north and western Europe, while in middle and eastern Europe there’s more consumption of other exotic fruits, such as tamarinds, jackfruit and lychee.

EU imports in exotics from non-EU countries

Freshfel’s overview of the EU market also showed the main sources of EU exotic fruit imports in 2013:

  • Pineapples: 83% from Costa Rica

  • Guavas, Mangoes and Mangosteens: 61% from Brazil and Peru

  • Avocados: 40% come from Peru

  • Papaya: 81% from Brazil

  • Persimmons: 86% from Israel and South-Africa


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See the Freshfel presentation

“Exotic fruit – a highlight at POS

Consumption and Trends”