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Dan Siekman

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New Market to Play Key Role in Eastern China Imported Fruit Distribution

The Jiaxing Haiguangxing Premium Fruit Market started trial operations Monday in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta. The import-focused 125,000m2 wholesale fruit market broke ground in April of this year and includes 25,000m2 of floor space dedicated to trading stalls and a separate container-based trading area with capacity for 300 containers.

September 11, 2018
Dan Siekman

The Jiaxing Haiguangxing Market started trial operations on September 10

Press Release: Record-Setting PMA Fresh Summit to Spotlight Innovation

Innovation will take center stage at Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) refreshed 2018 Fresh Summit Convention and Expo when it convenes Oct. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida, USA. Attendees will learn about industry-altering trends from big voices during the revamped convention – including Wired magazine Editor in Chief Greg Williams – while the expo is now a record setter, displaying new products and ideas along every aisle and row.

September 11, 2018
Dan Siekman
Asia Fruit Logistica Concludes Day One of "Biggest and Best Edition Yet"

With an official count of 827 exhibitors, the 2018 edition is showing a modest rise in the total number of exhibitors compared to 813 a year earlier. It remains to be seen if official post-show attendance figures can surpass the record of more than 13,000 visitors set last year.

September 05, 2018
Dan Siekman
Asiafruit Congress Celebrates 20 Years of Development in Asian Markets

“Over the past two decades, imports of fresh fruit by key Asian markets from both within Asia and outside Asia have more than doubled, increasing 140%,” from 4.9 million tons to 11.8 million tons said Asiafruit Magazine Editor John Hey. In Indonesia alone, imports have gone up 10 times from 60,000 to 670,000 tons over that period, according to Hey.

September 04, 2018
Dan Siekman

Chris White (left) and John Hey cut a ceremonial cake marking the 20th anniversary of the Asiafruit Congress

Longyun Foods: A Look Inside a Modern Chinese Vegetable Grower/Processer

Nestled in a serene valley at a height of over 2,000 meters in western Yunnan province, Longyun was founded in 2004, mainly processing and exporting garlic and wild mushroom-based products, to Europe. Over the years, Longyun added more products, including fresh vegetables, slow-roasted tomatoes, frozen chargrilled vegetables. Longyun in 2013 also added a new wholly-owned farming subsidiary, Shenglong Modern Farm, with more than 500 hectares of fields growing a range of vegetables nearby its processing facilities.

August 23, 2018
Dan Siekman
Frozen Whole Durian from Malaysia Gain China Market Access

The whole (in-husk) frozen whole fruits can be directly eaten by consumers as a substitute in the off season when fresh durian is not available from Thailand—the only country currently permitted to export fresh durian to China. Before export of frozen whole durians can begin, Malaysian authorities must submit to China a list of exporting durian plantations, processing facilities and other information.

August 23, 2018
Dan Siekman
Record Fresh Apple Future Prices in China Amidst Poor Crop

Prices of several futures contracts for fresh apples reached record highs this month on China’s Zhengzhou Commodities Exchange. Elsewhere in the market, early ripening gala varieties are already on sale, as suppliers are simultaneously clearing out remaining stock of cold storage Fujis.

August 22, 2018
Dan Siekman

A screenshot of Sina Finance's price ticker for the March 2019 fresh Fuji apple future contract.

China to Produce Half of Global Macadamia Crop by 2022

China's national macadamia production is predicted to reach 190,000 tons nut-in-shell by 2022—about half the predicted global total. But the there are still a lot of issues with quality.

August 21, 2018
Dan Siekman

Macadamia seedlings growing in Yunnan province, China. Image: Sino-Australian Agricultural Technology Development Company

China's Registered Fruit Exporters: Who, What and Where Are They?

According to China Customs statistics, China exported 3.61 million tons of fresh fruits in 2017, down 1.8% YOY. The total value of fresh fruit exports in 2017 was $5.34 billion—down 2.9% YOY. The average price per ton of exported fruit was US$ 1,478.62, which was down $17.8 per ton, or 1.2%, YOY.

August 14, 2018
Dan Siekman
Beetroute Aims to Make Beets Easy for Chinese Consumers

BeetRoute brand ready-to-eat beets are imported from Holland, where they are grown in the southwestern province of Zeeland. They are different from normal beets because they’re pre-peeled and pre-cooked, meaning they are ready to chop and add to a salad or other dish without extensive prep work. They are also vacuum sealed and can be stored for up to six months without refrigeration.

August 08, 2018
Dan Siekman

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