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Myanmar sends first watermelon shipment to Middle East

Myanmar sends first watermelon shipment to Middle East © Réussir Fruits et Légumes

© Réussir Fruits et Légumes


Myanmar has started exporting watermelons to the Middle East, with the first shipment heading for the UAE last week. Other destinations are to be added, as the country seeks to diversify its exports markets, reports the Myanmar Times.

U Naing Win, chair of the Myanmar Melon Producers and Exporters Association, said, “We have been exporting watermelons for the past 30 years and this is the first time we are engaging with the UAE. We will also be exporting to Qatar as well as Singapore soon.”

The move is intended to reduce dependence on the Chinese market. “If we are able to export regularly to Dubai, Qatar and Singapore, we won’t face such problems. The price will be more stable as these countries make orders by the container whereas watermelons are delivered to China on trucks, which are subject to customs checks and driver availability,” said Win.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, watermelon supplies have fallen in Myanmar after China shut down its borders. Watermelons can grow throughout the year in Myanmar.

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First Colombian avocados land in China

First Colombian avocados land in China © Eurofresh Distribution
© Eurofresh Distribution


Colombian Hass avocados arrived in China for the first time on July 1st. Having set off from the Port of Buenaventura on May 28th, the 23-ton shipment landed in Shanghai and was released to importer Mr. Avocado. The protocol between China and Colombia was signed on December 13th 2019, and adds to a growing list of countries that can export avocados to the Asian giant, which includes the US, the Philippines, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand and Kenya (for frozen avocados).

In addition to testing for COVID-19, customs agents also conducted a full set of tests for pests and pesticide residues on newly imported fruits. Throughout the transit, the avocados were stored in refrigerated containers at 6 degrees Celsius. After clearing customs, they were transported directly to Mr. Avocado’s ripening warehouse.

Colombia is the world’s fourth largest producer of Hass avocados, and keeps growing. Avocado production area increased from 5,200ha in 2010 to 13,500ha in 2015, propelled by foreign investment.

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Taramay, a key player in the tropical fruit sector

Taramay, a key player in the tropical fruit sector

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Press release

An exceptional campaign, has positioned Taramay as a key player in the tropical fruit sector. The Union Corp. has exceeded expectations this season and aims to surpass 5,000 tons of product the next campaign.

The 2019/2020 tropical fruit campaign has been exceptional for Taramay (La Unión Corp). Its main products are: the best quality avocado, papaya, custard apple, loquat, guava and mango.

The subtropical microclimate of the south of the peninsula is ideal for the cultivation of these fruits, whose production has increased. In recent years, avocado consumption has increased markedly, both globally and in Spain. All tropical fruits are in high demand and therefore production of these fruits has exploded in Andalusia.

Taramay’s exponential growth is fundamentally due to the work it has done with farmers on the Granada and Malaga coastline, offering exceptional payment terms as well as specialist agronomic advice on each of the crops it works with.

Avocado, the king of the campaign

The avocado campaign runs from spring to early autumn. Currently, Andalusia produces 85% of Spain’s avocado. Its versatility in dishes and the consumer demand for healthy diets have made avocado the star of tropical fruits. Prices for this campaign have remained stable, with Taramay marketing six different types of avocado (Bacon, Fuerte, Hass, Lamb Hass, Pikerton and Reed).

Custard apple still ranks among the favourites

In recent years, the consumption of custard apples has remained stable in Spain and grown in some EU countries. The production of Taramay’s custard apples is based in the province of Granada.

Podium for papaya

Taramay papaya is grown entirely on the coast of Granada. In the 2019/2020 campaign, this perennial crop saw a qualitative leap with respect to the previous season. The exotic fruit is very healthy, thanks to its antioxidant properties and versatility. Papaya facilitates the digestion process thanks to its laxative and purifying properties, with its composition of high levels of fibre and water.

About La Unión Corp.

La Union has gone from being a family business dedicated to the export of vegetables to becoming a benchmark in the world of fruit and vegetable marketing and the number-one cucumber marketer in the world. Currently, La Union leads the marketing of fruit and vegetable products in Europe, surpassing 400,000 tons. More than 70% of this production is directed to the European market. The company already has more than 3,000 farmers and 29 operations centres spread between Almería and Granada. It employs 1,500 staff and has 3 laboratories that perform more than 64,000 analyses annually.

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Ecuador convinces with fruity variety

Ecuador convinces with fruity variety

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) from Germany supports exporters from Ecuador and seven more partner countries at the international trade fair for fruits and vegetables

Ecuador is known for its biodiversity and offers a wide range of tropical fruits. The South American country lived up to its reputation at this year’s Berlin show. With bananas, pineapples, pitahayas, physalis and passionfruit, the exhibitors presented a richly filled fruit basket (Hall 21 Booth B‐06). The IPD has been supporting the partner country for two years now. In total, over 40 companies from eight IPD partner countries from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Côte d`Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Peru and the Ukraine were present their range of fresh fruits and vegetables in Berlin.

“Ecuador has great potential in the fresh fruits and vegetables sector”, says Dr Julia Hoffmann, Head of IPD. “The country is mainly known as a supplier of bananas, but Ecuador offers a great variety of tropical fruits. Furthermore, it can score with specialties such as the yellow pitahaya from Palora. But not only the variety, also the quality is what makes the offer from Ecuador special.” In South America the IPD is further active in Peru and Colombia. Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), the initiative supports small‐ and medium sized companies in accessing the EU‐market. At Fruit Logistica the exhibitors from Peru presented ginger and curcuma, as well as granadillas and mini bananas. The range of products from Colombia includes amongst others, bananas, papayas as well as avocados. From Egypt and Ethiopia comes a wide range of vegetables and fresh herbs as well as strawberries, oranges, limes, pomegranates, grapes and mangoes. The producers from the Ukraine showcased berries in Berlin, such as blue berries and raspberries. Newcomers this year wee producers from the Côte d`Ivoire and Ghana, who presented coconuts, mangoes, sweet potatoes and okra pods as well as pineapples and papayas to an international audience.

Colombia, Côte d`Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is an initiative for import promotion in Germany. The IPD fulfils a hinge function between small and medium-sized enterprises in selected emerging markets and developing countries on the one hand and European importers on the other. The objective is to integrate the partner countries into global trade, thereby contributing towards sustainable economic development in these countries. The IPD introduces exporters from its partner countries to the EU market and assists them in setting up trading relations. For European importers, the IPD opens up new supply sources in the partner countries and assists them in the procurement process for specific products.

Countries in the fresh fruit and vegetables program: Colombia, Côte d`Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine.

Product focus:

Fresh fruit (temperate): e.g. berries, melons, stone fruits, grapes and citrus)

Fresh vegetables: e.g. young vegetables, beans, peas, sugar snap peas, artichokes, ginger, fresh turmeric, fruit vegetables, broccoli and onions

Fresh herbs: e.g. basil, coriander, marjoram, melissa, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, chives and thyme

Sub-tropical and tropical fruit (exotic fruit): e.g. pineapples, avocados, bananas, cherimoya, dates, guava, pomegranates, persimmons; prickly pears, coconuts, mangoes, passion fruits, papayas, physalis and dragon fruits.

Quality protocol: thanks to its extensive sourcing the IPD guarantees that every selected supplier complies with the GlobalG.A.P. standard. GlobalG.A.P. is the one of the most important European standards for safe, sustainable production and high food safety. We assist promising producers in obtaining corresponding certification, paving their way to the European market for premium quality, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Organics, strategic value-chain

“In a focused manner, we support the export of products for which there is a high demand on the German and European market. Regardless of whether they are produced conventionally or organically.”

The demand for organic products has been growing for years, and there is great – as yet undiscovered – potential in developing and emerging countries. In countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt there are already first organic suppliers. IPD supports these companies on their way to the European market.
“We advise the companies on organic certification. In some countries, it is more a matter of converting from conventional to organic farming in order to increase export opportunities.”

Organic’ is not only ecologically sustainable, but also in an economic sense. The demand for organic products is not a short-term trend, and there are companies in developing and emerging countries that have been active in the sector for many years. For example, the company Fincas de El Oro from Ecuador. It specialises in the cultivation of Cavendish bananas and their processing into jam and juice, for example. The Cavendish variety is particularly robust and therefore popular – with producers and consumers alike.

Fincas de El Oro works with around 50 partners – small farmers from the El Oro region. They dispense with the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The cooperative also pursues other ecological projects to improve the quality of the soil and conserve resources. For example, the farmers use biofermentation to make the soil more nutritious and have introduced a new water technology to reduce consumption. To protect biodiversity, the cooperative is also involved in reforestation in its fields and in parts of the surrounding primeval forest.

Especially in the organic segment, personal contact is an important argument when selecting a supplier. A lack of contacts with European retailers is therefore a major hurdle for many producers. For this reason, IPD arranges business contacts with potential customers within the framework of trade fairs and supports them with training in export marketing. This year, for example, we have already accompanied companies from our partner countries to Fruit Logistica and Biofach.

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Costa Rica, showcases diversity and freshness of its agricultural products

Costa Rica, showcases diversity and freshness of its agricultural products

The Costa Rican delegation is made up of the following companies: Tropifoods SA, Verita Tropicals Costa Rica, Jalaram Fruit, Exportagri, Fertynic, ByC Exportadores, Barvatex de Heredia SA, Chestnut Hill Farms, Pineapple Hills, VISA Agricultural Products, Total Fruit, Agricultural Products Del Campo, Exports Michelle SMLA and the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER). This year will mark the 20th time that Costa Rica has participated at the Fruit Logistica fair, which PROCOMER’s director of exports, Álvaro Piedra, views as strategic for promoting the country’s agricultural sector. “This fair is an international benchmark for the fresh produce sector; it is where buyers from all over the world converge in search of quality fruits and vegetables and where our exporters can learn about the new market trends. That is why we are pleased that these 13 companies will be participating at such a global showcase,” said Piedra. The products that the exporting companies will be promoting at the fair are: pineapple, banana, roots and tubers (cassava, eddoes, taro malanga, cane), and chayote. Up to November, the agricultural sector accounted for 23% of all Costa Rica’s exports for 2019, with shipments abroad worth US$2.469 billion.


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Great-Sun Foods to expand to Malaysia

Great-Sun Foods to expand to Malaysia


Chinese produce expert Great-Sun Foods is to invest US$39.6m in opening a new tropical fruit production base in Malaysia, according to Beijing News. The base will consist of a modern plantation the development, a research and development department, production and refrigeration facilities and workers’ accommodation.

The first production will be durian, followed by other tropical fruits still to be determined, depending on market and growing conditions. The company has integrated production and is present throughout the supply chain. It produces, processes, distributes and exports over 40 types of fruits and vegetables. 

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Mission Produce expands the distribution of Minis and Emeralds in the Rough lines of avocado

Mission Produce, the world leader in Hass avocado producing, marketing and distributing, has expanded the sales of their avocado lines, Minis and Emeralds in the Rough. “Our concept was to sell the whole tree, reduce waste and be more sustainable,” explains Roberto Rodriguez, export sales manager. “Rough outside, just as flavourful on the inside” – that is the idea we want to convey to our customers. Consumers used to have negative perception of imperfect produces, and we were selling grade 2 avocados to Horeca sector. Two years ago, we started to use value added packaging and market imperfect avocados, explaining to our clients that exterior flaws do not influence the quality and taste of the avocados; and we achieved our goal – the perception of consumers has changed. Another concept introduced by Mission Produce, Minis Small but Mighty, is also in demand.

“We have distributed these lines in North America with huge success and are expanding them to other markets. We displayed the samples at our stand at Fruit Logistica, and got considerable interest from the Fair visitors,” concluded Rodriguez.

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Gurukrupa, a prominent Indian fruit exporter and importer

Gurukrupa, a prominent Indian fruit exporter and importer

Gurukrupa Corporation (GKC) is an Indian fruit producer and exporter. The company was established 14 years ago in the Mumbai region. “Our farmers grow grapes, mangos, pomegranates, and other fruits,” said Neil Pednekar, the company’s manager. “We offer a large choice of produce, including value-added ones such as pomegranate seeds packed in vacuum and ready-to-eat mango.  We carefully survey the quality of our fruit; our produce is sourced from GlobalGAP certified farms and our pack-house are HACCP certified; this has allowed our brands, GKC and GoFresh!, to gain recognition. Thanks to our brand promotion, our sales have grown by 20% during the last three years.”

The main destinations for GKC’s products are the US, New Zealand and Australia (for mango), Russia (for grapes), the Far East and Europe (for pomegranate seeds) and South-East Asia. Gurukrupa Corporation is also engaged in the import of apples, avocados and dragon fruit from New Zealand, the US, China and Vietnam.

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Battaglio posts positive figures in exotic fruit

Battaglio Spa is an Italian company that specialises in importing and distributing nearly 140,000 tons of produce a year.

To maintain a constant year-round supply of every type of product at the point of sale, enormous quantities of foreign-grown fruit are imported into Italy every year, particularly from southern hemisphere countries. Naturally, however, the seasons are not all the same from one year to another and the customers’ tastes vary. For example, imports put in a healthy performance in the first part of 2015.

As Luca Battaglio, chairman of Battaglio Spa explained: “The first half was positive for imports of exotic products, particularly bananas and pineapples, and for traditional fruit thanks to the arrival of moderate volumes, whether because the crop was generally not abundant or because dealers were acting cautiously as the dollar/euro rate was unfavourable for imports”.

Battaglio Spa is an Italian company that specialises in importing and distributing nearly 140,000 tons of produce a year. Its headquarters are in a 12,000 m² warehouse just outside Turin and in 2014 it opened a new warehouse in Rome in order to meet its central and southern Italian clients’ needs more quickly and efficiently.

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Essential Costa Rica, byword for competitive edge

The Costa Rica country-brand represents the 5 key farm export sector values: excellence, sustainability, innovation, social progress and origin.

September 3, 2013 saw the launch of the country-brand: Essential COSTA RICA. Gloriana Castro, country-brand manager, describes it as “a commercial tool for all-round competitiveness in economic areas: tourism, foreign investment and exports, all based on the country’s culture.” It essentially reflects what the country is like: small, concentrated and with inhabitants providing a unique value, generated mainly by its people. The brand has 5 key values: excellence, sustainability, innovation, social progress and origin. “Rather than a series of benefits, the country-brand licence for a company is a distinction adding value to its products, providing differentiation, projection of excellence and high standards, corporate image and promotion of the company and its products,” Castro said.

Export balance

According to PROCOMER in Costa Rica, exports of goods accumulated in the 12 months from October 2014 to September 2015 reached a total of USD 9,847 million, a figure 15% lower than the amount reported for the same month in the previous year, and 13.8% below the average for the last 3-year period. In figures accumulated by the third quarter of 2015, the agricultural sector took pride of place (26%). Main products making up the sector include banana, pineapple, melon and other fruits, both uncooked and frozen, as well as fresh watermelon.

Banana and pineapple performance

Banana and pineapple are among the products with the most notable contractions in Costa Rican exports, having fallen off by US $103.3 million and US $58.6 million respectively. Both fruits are still under the strong negative impact of weather conditions associated with irregular rainfall patterns that affected the planting period last year, and which determine this year’s crop, as a result of the El Niño phenomenon. This trend is expected to be maintained and recovery is not forecast until 2016. Nevertheless, banana is still one of the main drivers of growth in Europe, as the continent receives a 19% share of total exports from Costa Rica, a situation repeated in Asia, with 4% uptake.