Natural Ingredients Bananas

Tropical fruits from Vietnam offer some interesting options for new product development

Vietnam continues to expand and develop its supply capability of tropical fruits in IQF, juice and juice concentrate formats. Whilst their capability on products like banana, passionfruit and pineapple is well understood, they also produce an interesting range of other fruit varieties that will be of interest to those developing new products containing tropical fruit.

These products include the following:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Calamansi
  • Dragonfruit (red and also white flesh)
  • Gac Fruit
  • Jackfruit and
  • Lychee

If you are interested in IQF products, we can also offer IQF Lime slices (great for food service and catering market) and IQF Lemongrass, a classic in Vietnamese cuisine.

Contact us for more information.

Natural Ingredients Blueberries

Natural Ingredients expands range of ‘sustainably certified’ fruits

Are you interested in clearly demonstrating evidence of a sustainable supply chain? What does ‘sustainability’ mean to you?

The term can mean different things to different people. In order to ensure clarity on our meaning of the term ‘sustainably grown’, we have developed sources of supply that are third party certified to meet specific standards as defined by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN).

In recent years we have seen the evolution of a new category of certification for fruits and vegetables, that being ‘sustainably certified’.

The SAN standard is a rigorous set of environmental, social, and economic criteria that promote sustainability on farms around the world. We have now developed a group of suppliers that have embraced the standard and committed to developing sustainably certified fruits (and vegetables). Most of these suppliers are certified to Rainforest Alliance.

This has become more recognised by consumers over time, most notably by its presence on coffee, tea and chocolate (Cocoa). Time will tell whether consumers do make the link between the ‘green frog’ standing for ‘sustainably grown’ produce. If you want the Rainforest Alliance logo on your finished products this is possible via a ‘chain of custody’ agreement with Rainforest Alliance.

Rainforest Alliance Certified Seal

Our efforts in this space will continue to grow and develop over time. If this is an area of interest for your business then please let us know and we would pleased to provide you with further information on the products available.

Natural Ingredients Crop

The new season for Chilean berry fruit crops has commenced

The new season for Chilean berry fruit has now commenced and conditions have been favourable for a good crop, plentiful supply and, in the absence of any sudden weather changes, we expect stable pricing.

The product under the most pressure at this time is the strawberry as a result of the poor crop in Poland and smaller crops in Morocco and also China. This has been placing upwards pressure on strawberry prices in all formats.

We are now able to offer conventional and organic fruit supply for 2018 deliveries on blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry, strawberry and sweet cherry.

For more berry information or to place an order, see Fruit Raw Material Supplies.

Natural Ingredients Avocado

Avocado set for more difficult times ahead

Natural Ingredients is a leading importer of frozen avocado from South America (Mexico, Chile and Peru).

Over the past 12 months prices have surged to record levels due to surging global demand and reduced harvests from major producers in Mexico, Peru and California.

The recent fires in California will also have an impact on supply into the large US market. We carry stock of Frozen Avocado in most states of Australia and we welcome your enquiries.