Monday, October 17, 2011


By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California

October 17, 2011

A second week with very little fruit from Ecuador.

Two containers were shipped to Les Aliments IMEX in Montreal, Canada with 5,016 (4kg) cartons each for a total of 10,032 cartons.

The cargo was transferred in bond via the port of New York and was delivered on the 14th of October onboard Mitsui OK lIne vessel APL Tourmaline.

The shipper of record was PLANTEIN S.A. of Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Except a tighter market for the next two weeks until Ecuador season starts in ernest.


Fruit of the future? Brits' taste for the exotic sees soaring sales of persimmons overtake mangoes and pineapples


Last updated at 5:11 PM on 17th October 2011

We Brits are often lampooned for what other nations perceive as our unadventurous approach to foreign food.

But according to a new study, all that could be set to change. The report, published today, shows that UK sales of more unusual tropical fruits have soared as adventurous Britons develop a taste for more exotic groceries.

Sales of persimmons - also known as sharon fruit - have for the first time overtaken sales of mangoes, while sales of pomegranates have rocketed by almost 30 per cent.

Sales of the tropical persimmon have seen a huge spike, while pineapples and mangoes have fallen in popularity

Supermarket chain Asda reported that it sold more persimmons than mangoes during the fruit's three month season last year, while according to market research analysts Kantar Worldpanel, volume sales of pomegranates rocketed by 26.7 per cent to 1,537 tonnes over the past year with value sales up 20 per cent to pounds 3.6 million.

Elsewhere, coconuts and dates are also seeing a surge in popularity, with volume sales up 3.7 per cent and 8.9 per cent respectively.

While total sales for the traditionally less popular fruits may be still relatively small, the growth rates they are displaying are impressive, industry experts say.

But as sales of persimmons and pomegranates soar, sales of more mainstream exotic fruits - mangoes, kiwis and pineapples - plummet, according to the research.

Tropical taste: The persimmon grows on the tree genus Diospyros, which means food of the gods in Greek

Trade magazine The Grocer reported that over the past year, volume sales of pineapples -- the UK' second favourite exotic fruit after melons --- have fallen 15 per cent, while mangoes and kiwi fruits are each down 13 per cent.

Only the perennially popular melon has held steady, with sales up 1.4 per cent and value up 4.3 per cent over the past year.


The persimmon is the fruit of a species of tree in the genus Diospyros - meaning 'fruit of the Gods' in ancient Greek.

Native to China, the fruit has been introduced to the United States, Pakistan and Israel.

The word persimmon is derived from putchamin, pasiminan, or pessamin, from Powhatan, an Algonquian language (related to Mohican) of the eastern United States, and means 'a dry fruit'.

The fruit, similar in shape and size to a tomato, is, in fact, just like the tomato, considered to be a 'true berry'.

Known commonly as the Sharon fruit (it is named after the Sharon plain in Israel), the fruit ripens to yield a sweet, jelly-like meat that remains encased inside a waxy, thin-skinned shell. The fruit, high in glucose, is seedless, has no core and can be eaten whole.

Just like the pomegranate, it is considered to have great healing properties, and regular consumption is said to reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis heart attacks.

One industry source told the magazine that the sales drop in mainstream exotics was partly because of price inflation and because some consumers simply perceived them to be pricier than other fruit.

Some niche exotics had also been boosted by positive public relations, with sales of pomegranates rising as a result of its reputation as a 'super fruit' thanks to its growing reputation as having antioxidant properties.

Asda exotic produce buyer Dean Hayden said that the supermarket had sold more than half a million Spanish persimmons last season and expected to see similarly high interest this year.

'This is the fruit of the future ' he said. ' We sold more Spanish persimmons than mangoes last season. This highlights how much our customers love it.'

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Nilon's setting up pickles unit in mango belt of UP

Virendra Singh Rawat / New Delhi/ Lucknow 

October 18, 2011, 0:37 IST

India’s largest pickles manufacturer Nilon’s is setting up a pickles manufacturing unit in western Uttar Pradesh at an investment of Rs 32 crore.

The company has already acquired two non-congruous stretches of land measuring a total of 12 acres in Saharanpur district.

“The unit will come up in the next one and half years,” Nilon’s Enterprises director and CEO Rajheev Agrawal told Business Standard here.

The prime objective of setting up the unit is to source locally produced mangoes from the Saharanpur belt and Meerut for making pickles.

“Two years back, we had tried to source mango from this belt to our unit in Maharashtra, but the consignment could not reach on time and it was wasted,” he informed.

The other mango belt of Malihabad in Lucknow is famous for Dussehri, but it is considered more suited for eating than food processing due to its high sweet and juice content.

India’s domestic pickles market is pegged at Rs 1,200 crore, which includes both organised and unorganised sectors with the former accounting for nearly 20 per cent, but growing due to rising brand consciousness among people.

Likewise, the domestic spices market is estimated at Rs 12,000 crore.

“UP accounts for roughly Rs 900 crore and Rs 200 crore worth of spices and pickles market respectively,” he added.

Nilon’s produces 30,000 tonnes of pickles annually and markets it through the net of 4.5 lakh retailers and 4,100 distributors.

It also produces spices and of late is concentrating on increasing its spices portfolio through aggressive marketing and consumer connects.

“We are growing at the CAGR of 60 per cent and our sales had stood at Rs 240 crore this year,” Agrawal added.


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