This fuzzy fruit is a consistent seller. The likelihood of a kiwi purchase was the same as last year, with 26% of shoppers saying they bought the fruit in the past year.
A vine disease that caused widespread damage to New Zealand kiwifruit is now on the radar of Chilean kiwifruit growers.
California kiwifruit growers will vote from May 15–30 on whether to continue their federal marketing order, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.
Zespri International Ltd. is working on developing a kiwifruit with edible or easily peelable skin, but consumers shouldn’t expect to see one in grocery stores anytime soon.
New Zealand-based marketer Zespri Kiwifruit is entering the SunGold variety in the new product award competition at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show April 2-4 in Vancouver.
Kiwifruit prices could be headed for a record as Chile, hit hard by September freezes, takes over the deal.More Packer Stories for Kiwifruit
Market Scope - Kiwifruit — F.o.b.s as of April 14
ITALY — Imports (26-24-20) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease. Ports of entry: Philadelphia and New York. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 9-kilogram (19.8-pound) containers loose hayward 23-27s $20-23, 30s mostly $18-20, 33s $19-21, 36-39s $18-20, 42-45s $17-19. Quality good.
CHILE — Imports (3-16-14) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 9-kilogram (19.8-pound) containers loose hayward 23-27s $22-24, 30s $21-23, 33s $20-22, 36-39s $19-21, 42-45s $18-20. Quality good.
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