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Bulgarian parliament rejects quota for domestic produce in supermarkets

The Bulgarian Parliament has rejected the BSP's proposal for amendments to the Food Act to introduce quotas for Bulgarian food in the country's big supermarkets.The proposal of the socialists was to set minimum quotas for Bulgarian products, namely 51% for fresh fruit and vegetables, 70% for milk and dairy.....

EC presents proposals on trade and investment

The European Commission (EC) has presented a package of measures in the field of trade and investment with a view to achieving a balanced and progressive trade policy, calling also for reciprocity in trade agreements, the promotion of Community rules and values ​​and fair conditions for.....

Customer Monitor:

ALDI Nord is Germany's Number One Discounter

ALDI Nord is the customers' favorite: The customer monitor Germany has evaluated 17 industries. The result: ALDI Nord does not only have the best price-performance-ratio but it is also the discounter, customers say, they would be most likely to recommend to a friend.The best quality for the lowest price. This.....

Russia considering reduction of VAT on fruit

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture has proposed the introduction of tax incentives for Russian fruit producers. According to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev, the reduction of VAT by eight percentage points would reduce the flow of imported fruit into Russia. According to the.....

Spain: Andalusian agro-food supply promoted in Canada

A total of eleven Andalusian horticultural companies have been promoting their agro-food supply in Canada between 11 and 14 September in the framework of a direct commercial mission organised by the Council of Economy and Knowledge through Andalusia's Foreign Promotion Agency (Extenda). The mission has been.....

European banana producers fear impact of reorientation of funds

"The period with the most uncertainty we've ever known"

The president of the European Association of Banana and Plantain Producers (APEB), Gérad Bally, has expressed concern about the possible reorientation of European funds devoted to agriculture, fisheries and cohesion because of Brexit and the focus on safety.This has been pointed out in a statement by sources.....

Jan Robyn:

“Goods never have a zero value, but they can have a negative value”

He sold his own insurance office some years ago, and to prevent getting bored he specialised in non-covered or insured damages. At an outdoor café, in the cool of a sunshade, Jan Robyn from TempSurvey talks about the almost impossible situations he has to deal with. Examples are joined together as a warning.....

Spain: Producers ask for easier access to organic seeds

In the framework of a meeting held to discuss the Spanish Strategy for Organic Production 2017-2020 with the General Director of Industrias Alimentarias, Fernando Burgaz, the Union of Agricultural and Livestock Unions has called for measures to allow organic producers to have easier access to organic seeds,.....

Syria and Lebanon seek to increase agricultural trade

The Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Trade of the Syrian government are preparing to meet with the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the export of products between the two countries."A meeting is scheduled next week to negotiate the export of a number of agricultural products," stated the head.....

EC to audit South African citrus inspections in the Netherlands

Given the parliamentary response to the questions posed by the Spanish MEP Clara Aguilera and the insistence of the Spanish citrus sector, the European Commission announced that it will send its officials in September to audit the phytosanitary inspection processes carried out in Dutch ports on the citrus.....

Port closures and flooding continues inland

Up to 20-50% losses for citrus in Florida after Irma

As Irma, now classified as a tropical storm, moves inland up through the south of the US, many coastal ports have been temporarily closed. In Georgia, the Port of Savannah and Port Charleston in South Carolina, both halted operations and are expected to resume on Tuesday. A lot of American based companies with.....

Spain: China receives over 200% more fruit from Murcia than two years ago

Fruit and vegetable exports from Murcia to China were worth 690,000 Euro during the first six months of the year, compared to 210,000 Euro in the same period of 2015. This 228.57 percent increase is largely due to the entry into force, in 2016, of the agreement allowing the export of stone fruit to that.....

Sigh of relief as hurricanes turn into tropical storms

Mother nature seemed to be on the rampage last week and through the weekend with a string of hurricanes, Irma, Jose and then Katia.As Mexico braced for Hurricane Katia, which followed a different path to Irma and Jose, the South-Eastern coast of Mexico was hit by a much greater menace, an 8.1 magnitude.....

Germany: Online-supermarket test winner 2017 - The best online-supermarket

Forget about standing in line. Why don't you have it delivered? Online-supermarkets are long-established and are very popular - especially with stressed conumers. Rewe, Bringmeister or Amazon fresh: Which one is the best online supermarket?You can find the comparison of the stores, the tests and the winner of.....

Wealth gap has narrowed substantially

Huge strides for CEE countries in retail

The retail market in Eastern Europe has made huge strides in the 30 years after the end of communism, although the gap between Western Europe and CEE is still visibly present. "It is clear that the catch-up process will take at least three generations, although the wealth gap has narrowed substantially. The.....

Spain: Murcia seeks to reduce shipping time for fruit exports to China

An institutional and business delegation is currently in the world's most populous country to participate in the fair Asia Fruit Logistica. The mission is none other than taking over the Chinese market. Various meetings have already been held with authorities and business representatives of the Shenzen.....

Uzbekistan investing to increase agricultural production and processing capacity

Uzbekistan will be growing various fruit and vegetable crops year-round for the first time, it was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Zoyir Mirzaev at the 2nd international fruit and vegetable fair, reports Sputnik Uzbekistan.According to him, this is due to the.....

The Platform for the Dignity of Agricultural Producers

Spanish citrus sector demands more controls at Rotterdam port

The Platform for the Dignity of Agricultural Producers has travelled to Brussels to ask the European authorities for effective measures and greater controls on citrus imports from third countries arriving in the European Union, mainly through the Dutch port of Rotterdam, which is the point of entry for between.....

Spain: Withdrawal quota for peaches and nectarines raised to 29,325 tonnes

The withdrawal quota for Spanish peaches and nectarines has been raised from 19,500 to 29,325 tonnes. This additional quota, approved to tackle the impact of the Russian veto, came into force last Tuesday, according to a press release from the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of.....

Spain: Protests at sweet fruit sector move to Lleida

Given the lack of authorization to hold protests in favour of the sweet fruit sector in Madrid, the Union of Unions of Growers and Livestock Farmers has decided to move them to Lleida, one of the provinces with the largest production of peaches and nectarines.The Union of Unions, together with its territorial.....

Central German Brand Survey 2017

In Central Germany, regional loyalty comes before organic

For consumers in Central Germany, regionality comes before organic production. The choice of preferred supermarkets is also different in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia compared to consumers in the rest of Germany. The most popular brands from Central Germany which made their way to becoming a national.....

Lidl Switzerland launches online orders of "Kochbox"

Lidl Switzerland is launching an innovative and easy concept for meals - the Menu Box. "Kochbox" can be ordered online onwww.lidl-menubox.ch. All the ingredients in the box can be used for three meals. The included recipes with detailed instructions for the preparation guarantee a tasty meal and a fun time.....

Chile: Customs officials announce total standstill

The National Association of Customs Officials (Anfach) met with the government seeking a response to their demands, but the dialogues did not have the expected results, so the union announced a national strike, which "should end in a total stoppage of activities if they do not mediate in the fulfillment of the.....

Romania: Financial support to be granted to producer organizations

The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture has published a draft law on its own websiteon the granting of financial aid to producer organizations and other associative entities involved in the marketing of fruit and vegetables.According to the document, Romania has a lack of agricultural producer associations, with.....

Iran introduces new packaging standards for fruit and veg

From 6 November 2017, the export of fruits and vegetables from Iran will be permitted only when complying with the new packaging standards defined by the Iranian Trade Promotion Organization. The goods will also have to be transported by means of refrigerated containers and ships, as stated by the Customs.....

Italy: Agreement between Melinda and La Trentina

There's something new in the Trento fruit sector - Melinda and La Trentina, the two leading producer organisations in the Trento area, have signed a "historic" deal. The two parties will set up a common organisation for the commercialisation of products that will respect both brands.After the success of the.....

Spain: Urgent support requested for Aragonese fruit growers

The Union of Small Farmers (UPA) in Aragon has asked for "urgent" measures to be put in place to mitigate the "unsustainable and dangerous situation" being experienced by producers in the Aragonese fruit sector, especially by sweet fruit growers, due to the price drop caused by the Russian veto.Also, the UPA.....

Indignation in Extremadura at exclusion of plums from withdrawal quotas

The head of Extremadura's Council for the Environment, Rural and Agrarian Policies and Territory, Begoña García Bernal, reported that there is great indignation amongst stonefruit growers in the region because of the "discriminatory treatment" to plums on the part of the central Government. The fact is that.....

Hungary: Investments to increase tomato processing capacity

Kecskemét-based Univer Product Zrt. is investing a total of 4.3 billion forints (about 14.08 million Euro) in the expansion of its processing capacity, with a non-repayable state subsidy of 2.1 billion forints (about 6.87 million Euro). The Hungarian Minister of National Economy Varga Mihály emphasised that.....

Jordanian activists call for boycott on Israeli fruit

Voices in Jordan are once again calling for formal measures to prevent the entry of Israeli agricultural products into the country, amid demands to boycott them and prevent their entry altogether.Consumers and activists complain that these products are often sold on the local market as if they had been.....

Spain: Sector considers asking for more aid to tackle cucumber crisis

After hearing about the agreement reached by the German city-state of Hamburg with two Spanish horticultural companies in the framework of the "cucumber crisis", Fepex director José María Pozancos has pointed out that they will ponder what line of action needs to be taken following the damage caused to the.....

Antonio Ruiz, of Murgiverde: "The Netherlands wants hydroponic crops to be accredited as organic"

The Netherlands confirms that Spanish organic production is illicit

The quick expansion of the ​​greenhouse acreage planted with organic vegetables in Spain has led to criticism from the Netherlands, where they confirm that Spain has more than 1,000 hectares of organic greenhouses built on plots where producers have used soil from other places.The Dutch agriculture.....