Colombia

Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan

Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan

Published on Mar 18th, 2020

After years of hard work, a container carrying 16 tonnes of quality Colombian Hass avocados has been exported from Westfalia Fruit Colombia (WFC) to Yokohama, Japan. This is the first time that WFC has shipped avocados to the country.

“Colombia’s avocados are in such good condition that WFC is confident shipping avocados to markets that require longer transit times – including Japan, Russia and the Middle East,” says WFC General Manager, and newly elected Vice Chairperson of the Colombian Avocado Board, Pedro Aguilar.

Colombia works to increase sustainable Hass avocado production

Colombia works to increase sustainable Hass avocado production

Published on Mar 11th, 2020

Colombian crops with international certifications—such as the Rainforest Alliance seal, which guarantees sustainable environmental and social practices—increased 315% in just one year.

In 2019, Colombia closed one of its best years as a global supplier of Hass avocados, with over 1,000 hectares bearing an international seal representing sustainable environmental and social practices.

Chinese take delivery of first Colombian avocados

Colombia to surprise the world with the IX edition of the World Avocado Congress

Colombia to surprise the world with the IX edition of the World Avocado Congress

Published on Sep 11th, 2019

Colombia is the second country in South America to be selected as the venue for the World Avocado Congress. The country´s climatic conditions allow avocado to be produced 365 days a year. The WAC is an event created by the global avocado industry. The event which takes place every four years is sponsored by the International Avocado Society (IAS). Previously, the Congress has been held in South Africa (1987), United States (1991), Israel (1995), Mexico (1999) Mexico, Spain (2003), Chile (2007), Australia (2011) and Peru (2015).

Colombia strengthens ties with China

Colombia strengthens ties with China

Published on Aug 13th, 2019

A high-level Colombian trade delegation is to meet with Chinese officials in a bid to export avocados to the lucrative Asian market. China and Colombia already enjoy close trade relations, and the visit by the Colombian president Ivan Duque together with senior members of his cabinet is intended to further strengthen these ties. Exports to China now represent 9.7% of Colombia’s total shipments.

Outbreak of Fusarium Wilt disease at Colombian banana plantations

Outbreak of Fusarium Wilt disease at Colombian banana plantations

Published on Aug 07th, 2019

Two Colombian banana production areas have been quarantined after an outbreak of the Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race IV (TR4) disease, which threatens the world’s bananas. The news has put neighbouring countries are on high alert. The announcement comes after several weeks of speculations among the sector but silence from the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA).

Colombian banana exports rise 2.5% despite weather issues

Colombian banana exports rise 2.5% despite weather issues

Published on Feb 13th, 2019

In spite of challenges with the weather conditions, Colombia’s banana exports rose 2.5% in 2018, reaching just over 100 million boxes worth around US$859 million, according to the Augura association, whose members represent 78% of the total volume. Bananas represent Colombia’s third-largest agricultural export after coffee and flowers.

Colombia and EU discuss avocado

Colombian fruit exporters turn their eyes to China and South Korea

Colombian fruit exporters turn their eyes to China and South Korea

Published on May 17th, 2018

Colombia’s fruit producers have set their sights on the markets of South Korea and China. Agriculture minister Juan Guillermo Zuluaga indicated his government’s intention to forge closer trade ties with these countries, where demand for high-quality tropical products is growing. With a Free Trade Agreement signed in 2016 with South Korea, Colombian delegations have been working hard to seal protocols that will allow the entry of several of its products. Indeed, Colombian exports to South Korea rose 44% between 2010 and 2017, to US$104m.

Ocati promotes exotic fruit consumption

Ocati promotes exotic fruit consumption

Published on Mar 09th, 2017

With a 25-year track record in the export market for exotic fruits, Ocati is a family business from Colombia that has gained access to the most demanding markets such as the US, Central America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The range of fruits on offer includes Cape gooseberry (aka physalis or golden berries) and passion fruit, dragon fruit, soursop, baby banana, tamarillo and gulupa, among others.

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