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European market environment for Latin American tropical fruit species

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Numerous tropical fruit species are commercially restricted to their production areas and only sold on local and regional markets. They are virtually unknown to temperate area consumers. However, growing demand in Europe for natural and healthy products and new flavours offers interesting perspectives for creating new and international market outlets for these products. Nine tropical fruit species from Latin America, i.e. Andean blackberry (Rubus spp.), tree tomato (Cyphomandra betacea C. Martius ex Sendtner), dragon fruit (Hylocereus spp.), berrycactus (Myrtillocactus spp.), açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.), cashew apple (Anacardium occidentale L.), naranjilla (Solanum quitoense Lam.), peach palm fruit (Bactris gasipaes Kunth) and camu camu (Myrciaria dubia (Kunth) McVaugh), were selected as case species for a SWOT analysis. Their international market potential as well as the main problems and perspectives related to their commercialization were investigated based on document analysis and in situ consultations with different actors of the predetermined production and supply chains. Findings indicate that those species with outstanding nutritional values and health benefits have substantial market potential. Lack of knowledge about production and processing issues, irregularity of supply, unfamiliarity with the fruits and their sensory characteristics by European consumers are the main challenges to cope with when envisaging product development for the European market.
Boek: International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, 4th, Abstracts
Pagina's: 83 - 83