LIMA, Peru — The following news items were gathered from the show floor at Expoalimentaria Sept. 28-29.
Among the more than 500 exhibitors were 56 fresh produce exporting companies that handle products including asparagus, avocados, citrus, grapes and mangoes.
San Isidro-based AFEX intends to increase mango shipments to the U.S., said Ioana Lazar, marketing director.
The company has been shipping kent mangoes to the U.S. for two years, she said, with 40% of AFEX’s 30 container loads going to the U.S. and 60% to Europe.
The company plans to reverse those percentages this season, sending 60% of shipments to the U.S., which has been a more stable market, Lazar said.
AFEX also exports organic bananas, she said.
Agro Jugos SAC plans a plant expansion near it current Sullana production and packing facility, said Peter Larsson, commercial manager.
The new facility will feature hot water treatment lines that will improve potential for treating fresh mangoes for export the U.S., Larsson said.
The company also recently acquired 160 hectares of land for mango production in the Sullana area, bringing its total to 250 hectares, he said.
Agro Jugos ships kent mangoes and is looking to expand into new commodities for the fresh market, including melons, he said.
AIB plans to begin shipping avocados to the U.S. next season, said Axel Bohmer, commercial manager.
AIB ships, asparagus, citrus and grapes to the U.S., he said.
APEM, the Peruvian Mango Growers and Exporters Association, is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to gain entry for larger fruit that are more suitable for fresh-cut, said Juan Rivera, director.
Current regulations for hot water treatment for mangoes from Peru allows fruit of 650 grams or less, Rivera said, and the association hopes to win approval for fruit up to 750 grams.
APEM represents 150 exporters, he said.
Camposol — an exporter of asparagus, citrus, grapes and mangoes — plans to begin shipping avocados to the U.S., said Ruben Wong, fresh asparagus products sales manager.
The company has 2,000 hectares of avocados, 95% for the fresh market, he said, and Camposol intends to ship 50% to 60% of its production to the U.S. he said.
Trujillo-based Danper will enter the U.S. avocado market in 2012, said Cristina Albuquerque, head of fresh sales.
Danper also sends green and white asparagus to the U.S., she said.
Dominus SAC plans to start shipping avocados to the U.S. for spring 2012, said Javier Delgado, owner.
Dominus also ships mangoes and grapes to European and Asian markets, he said.
Ecoacuicola SAC, Piura, is conducting trials of several new grape varieties, said Jose Berendsohn, commercial manager.
Ecoacuicola produces 90% red globes from it’s Ica production area and sends 60-70 containers to the U.S., he said.
The company hopes to have its new varieties ready for next year’s season, he said.
Logistics service provider Frio Aereo plans to develop irradiation treatment for asparagus, said Ruth Rosell, project director.
Irradiation would allow the cold chain to be kept intact, she said, unlike current fumigation treatment that requires asparagus to go without refrigeration for six to eight hours.
Frio Aereo provides customs, cold storage and airfreight services for asparagus, grapes and fresh herbs.
Trujillo-based Green Peru plans to expand into avocados for the 2012 season, said Fernando Ascenzo, commercial director.
The company is in talks to become a supplier to Oxnard, Calif.-based Mission Produce, he said.
Green Peru supplies white and green asparagus to U.S. importers Gourmet Trading, North Bay and Keystone, he said.
Ica-based Icatom is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ship tomatoes to the U.S., said Luis Arredondo, sales manager.
Phytosanitary and logistics issues remain to be resolved, Arredondo said.
Icatom ships tomatoes for retail and foodservice under the Icatom brand to Chile, he said.