New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Producer, Zespri, to Expand its Operations to Shaanxi, Chengdu, and Chongqing

One of New Zealand’s largest producers of kiwifruit is considering the possibility of growing its variety of the fruit in China as part of a plan to source it from local growers and ensure a year-round supply. Zespri International Ltd announced the plan on Thursday [21 April 2016] in Shanghai at the launch of the

Southern Italy Granted Permission to Export Citrus and Kiwifruit to China

Luca Braia, regional councilor for Agricultural and Forestry Policies, has announced that the Chinese government has authorized the import of citrus fruit and kiwis from Basilicata. “We managed to achieve such a great result thanks to the cooperation of our producers and of the Phytosanitary office managed by Ermanno Pennacchio…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Jan 2016

Chinese Imports of Avocados, Citrus, Blueberries, and Bananas Showing Healthy Growth

Longstanding fears over food safety standards on the mainland – including frequent reports of residue left on domestic fruit after the excessive use of pesticides and swelling and ripening agents – have led to a craze among China’s growing middle class for imported prime fruits in recent years. Avocados shipped in from Mexico were now

Greece Looks to Expand Their Fruit Exports to China

An expansion of the existing protocol for Greek fruit and vegetable exports to China, meant to include cherries, plums, grapes, mandarins and oranges, is currently being negotiated, since China, which already imports kiwis, has shown interest in these products, according to a statement from the Association of Greek Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporting Companies, INCOFRUIT

New Zealand and China Team Up to Battle Kiwifruit Vine Disease

New Zealand and China are to work together in research that supports the kiwifruit – or Chinese gooseberry industry, particularly in studying diseases such as Psa [bacterial kiwifruit vine disease], under an agreement signed by two government agencies. New Zealand’s Plant and Food government research institute and the Sichuan Provincial Academy of Natural Resource Sciences

China to Become World’s Largest Blueberry Producer and Consumer

China will soon become the world’s largest blueberry consumer and producer, said industry leaders. Andres Armstrong, chairman of the International Blueberry Organization, told the 2014 International Blueberry Congress on Friday, in Qingdao, Shandong province, that China will overtake the United States in the near future. Armstrong, who is also executive director of the Chilean Blueberry Committee,