Management


Positive results in 2015 according to VdF
Fruit juice consumption Germans increased
According to the VdF, the German Association of Fruit Juice Producers, 2015 was a good year. There are three main reasons for this success but the most important reason is the increase of fruit juice consumption with one litre per person per year (to 33 liter). Furthermore the apple juice-pressing season.....


“Disastrous” Spanish strawberry season
German wholesalers fear shortages and high prices at Easter
Some wholesalers are worried about this year's Spanish strawberry season. “The Spanish season started four or five weeks to soon,” explains a German fruit importer and wholesaler. "At the end of the Spanish season these strawberries won’t be available at the market. This could be particularly problematic.....

Lifting of Papua New Guinea’s veg import ban pleases AU growers
For a period of three months, the Papua New Guinea Government has relaxed its ban on the importation of onions, capsicum and tomatoes from Australia. The news is welcomed by Australian vegetable growers, but many other vegetables, such as carrots, are still not allowed.Australian growers have expressed.....

Spain: Extremadura's fruit sector getting ready for China
Extremadura's fruit sector is getting ready to start exporting to China; a market with great purchasing potential in which they hope to take the first steps this year. The provisional protocol agreed by the Chinese authorities and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture to export stonefruit to China creates.....

Spain: Worst start of the decade for tomato prices
The start of the year 2016 has seen the worst price at origin for tomatoes of the past decade, according to the data analysis carried out by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia.In weeks 1 and 2 of January 2016, the.....

BLE market newsletter week 2, 2016
Lettuce prices plummet in some places
LettuceAs usual the iceberg lettuce came from Spain, the large supplies didn’t create sufficient demand. As a result the prices had to be dropped, slightly with the fresh supplies and more with accumulated surplus. In Hamburg the prices plummeted due to the excess surplus. In addition, lettuces with flawed.....

IFCO supports food banks around the world
Since the beginning of the initiative to support food banks IFCO SYSTEMS, the market leader of reusable packaging solutions, has donated over 200,000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Container) to the food banks.Wolfgang Orgeldinger, CEO of the IFCO Systems Group states: “Food banks make an excellent contribution to.....


Greek growers gave produce for free as protest
After a fruitless meeting between Greek agricultural producers and the Minister of Labour, Giórgo Katroúnkalo, representatives of the Panhellenic Federation of Associations of Agricultural Producers set up street markets as part of the mobilizations to protest against the increase in social security.....

Switzerland: Carrots more expensive, cucumbers cheaper
In 2015 the development of vegetable prices in supermarkets differentiated. While the prices of carrots increased, cucumbers became cheaper.The entire year, according to the recent market newsletter of the Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW), the retail prices for cucumbers and lettuce were below the.....

Japanese shippers and producers unite to target greater Asia
Foreign destinations in Asia are being targeted by Japanese logistics companies, which hope that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will boost exports of regional specialties. They plan to increase shipments of fresh farm products to the new destinations by joining forces with producers. The ships.....

Philippine Japan Economic Partnership Agreement increases trade
The Philippine Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (Pjepa) has increased trade and improved economic ties between the two countries, largely due to the easing of restrictions and tariff barriers. Japan’s emperor and empress are making a historic visit this week to the Philippines, with which it has been.....

Uzbekistan to export veg to Europe
As part of "Green Week 2016", the agricultural fair held in Berlin, the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade reported on Jan. 25, that Uzbekistan had signed contracts and agreements for the export of fruits, vegetables and textile products worth more than $91.2 million to.....

Container shipping rates drop
Chinese New Year offers shippers no relief
Container rates usually rise ahead of the Chinese New Year, which this year begins on Feb. 8, as companies try to ship goods to Europe before factories close and millions of workers travel home to celebrate. Yet, falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on.....

Spain: Control measures for citrus greening
A program with the eradication and control measures to be adopted in case of the detection of bacteria, the vector or both has been prepared and movement restrictions have been established.There is consequently a commitment to the early detection of the disease and effective actions have been set to prevent.....

New head of USDA western agriculture program
Rhonda Miller, a Utah State University associateprofessor was appointed western region coordinatorof a U.S. Department of Agriculture-basedcompetitive grant program. She now heads upWestern Sustainable Agriculture Research andEducation, based at Utah State University,replacing Teryl Roper, who chose to go.....

USDA's Agriculture in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership study
The proposed Transatlantic Trade and InvestmentPartnership (T-TIP) between the United States andthe European Union could benefit both regions; the US would realize an increase in agricultural exportsand the EU would benefit from lower import pricesand larger macroeconomic gains than the United States.The.....

South Auckland finds no further Tau flies
The Ministry for Primary Industries reports that no further fruit flies have been found since one was caught in a surveillance trap in Manurewa, Auckland last week. However, fifty eight field workers remain in the field on the lookout, and an exclusion zone is still in place. Pumpkin, melon, cucumber,.....


Future of US small farms examined
What is the future of small farms in the United States and around the world?UC Riverside economist Steven M. Helfand is part of an international team that hopes to answer that question, in part, by examining how productivity growth in agriculture has differed for small and large farms on five continents......

Saudi Arabian market not hit by ban on Iranian imports
The value of Iranian fruit and vegetable imports in the Saudi market, affected by the current boycott on Iranian products, has been estimated at between 40 and 50 million riyals per year (between 9.8 and 12.3 million Euro), and investors have confirmed that they have stopped dealing with such goods in the.....

Spain: 60% price difference between Canary and Moroccan tomatoes
Canary producers of tomatoes for export have become committed to excellence as a strategy to face the increasingly cheaper competition in the European market from other countries, which they consider unfair; they are seeking more support from Brussels and the Spanish Government to ensure the survival of this.....

Spain: Artichokes presented as tourist attraction
Artichokes continue gaining ground in Spain because of their health properties and popularity as a gourmet product. So much so, that four of the main regions that produce it (Valencia, Navarre, Murcia and Catalonia) are making use of it as added value to attract tourism at the International Tourism Fair.....

First kinnow exports from Punjab
Turkey's downing of a Russian Jet late last year and a poor quality kinnow crop in Pakistan has meant great news for Punjab kinnow growers: the citrus fruit which is normally consumed on the domestic market, will now be exported to Russia, Ukraine and Dubai. It is the first time Kinnows grown in Punjab have.....

Want feds to buy surplus
Maine blueberry commission's "critical oversupply issue”
In Maine, near-record crop sizes of cultivated blueberries in 2014 and 2015 and declining prices have created “a critical oversupply issue” that’s driven the price lower than the cost of production. This has led to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine asking the federal government to buy 30 million pounds.....

Tangerines from Jeju island
Korean wholesaler accesses the Middle Eastern market
Last November, Shin Dong, a Dubai-based wholesaler who also owns Asian grocery store 1004 Mart, realized a potential market for Korean fruit in the Middle East after he imported 3,500 10-kilogram boxes of tangerines from Jeju island and sold them to Abu Dhabi and Dubai consumers through Lulu Hypermarket, a.....

Safeguard measures for import of Moroccan tomatoes
Fepex denounces Morocco's lack of adherence to Partnership Agreement
FEPEX has complained to the European Commission about Morocco failing to adhere to the conditions set by the Association Agreement with the European Union, which states that the concessions made in the tomato sector are intended to maintain the traditional level of Moroccan exports to the EU and prevent.....

U.S. inspecting Peruvian mango production areas
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States in Peru has started the annual monitoring of the certification process carried out by the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa) at plantations and mango packing plants in the Piura region, from where this fruit is exported.The.....

Brussels wants Dutch sea ports to pay corporate taxes
On Thursday 21 January, the European Commission stated that six Dutch sea ports should pay corporate tax over their income in order to meet EU rules on state aid. The port authorities in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Zeeland, Den Helder, Groningen and Moerdijk had previously been exempt from paying corporate taxes.....

Vietnam continues to remove tax barriers
The market for Vietnamese enterprises to trade goods, attract investment and participate more deeply in the regional production and supply chains, was opened up with the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) on the last day of 2015. The formation of the AEC meant a series of tariff and non-tariff.....

Mixed feelings for Vietnamese cashew, dragon fruit exporters
Although the output of Vietnamese cashews has been improving in markets such as Japan and the U.S., companies are still anxious over large export contracts, as they fear that there will not be enough product to meet demand. For dragon fruit exporters, the market is expanding, but unhealthy competition.....


Bulgarian product samples to be showcased in China
Bulgaria has already shipped its first samples of domestic products to China, which will be showcased at the Bulgarian pavilion in a comprehensive cross-border pilot initiative in Hangzhou. The goal is to promote cooperation in agriculture and other sectors between China and Central European and Eastern.....

South Africa: R32 million approved for ag support
On Friday 22 January, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said an amount of R32 million had already been approved for drought relief support to the agricultural sector."The IDC will consider financial assistance to its existing clients that apply for drought relief support while for non-IDC.....

Argentina: Tonnes of pears and apples thrown away in Rio Negro
Thousands of kilos of pears and apples were thrown away on Thursday morning at the doors of the Department of Fruit Horticulture of Rio Negro as protest against the critical situation of producers. The action sought to draw the attention of the national government and press it to adopt urgent measures."The.....

Increased competition, decrease export demand
California nut prices softening
An weakening in export demand and an increase in competition has caused prices for California almonds, pistachios and walnuts to decline. Yet, San Joaquin Valley growers are not overly concerned, saying a correction in the market was expected.“We had a good run for five or six years,” says Chuck Nichols, a.....

Colombia: Agriculture severely threatened by HLB
The HLB disease could cause the end of Colombia's citrus industry at any time, according to Roberto Jaramillo, president of the national federation of growers, who also said that they have been waiting two years for the Government to provide the necessary devices to monitor and prevent the spread of the.....


UK: Weak pound makes imports tough
There has been a marked drop in value of the British pound against the Euro throughout January, the pound has lost around 9% in value in the last two weeks alone. It does seem to have gained a little over the weekend.Source: www.exchangerates.org.ukThe drop in the value of the pound of course has a big.....

Proposal for direct trade between Indian farmers-consumers
In contrast with BJP minister Chandrakant Patil's recent remark that the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC)ensures farmers get a proper return and are not cheated, Maharashtra Industries minister Subhash Desai has tabled a proposal before the state cabinet to allow a direct trade between farmers.....

Bulgarian fruit and veg producers meeting with chains and processors
The National Association of Producers in Bulgaria (NSGB) announced that it is organising a meeting between producers of fruits and vegetables in Bulgaria and representatives of supermarket chains and processing plants. The meeting, which the association described as the first of its kind, will be held on 28.....

South African ag minister: "Brace for food shortages"
On Friday 22 January, South Africa's Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana, stated the the country has reviewed its yield expectations in light of the current drought affecting one of Africa’s biggest economies.“Food security will be heavily affected by drought because we will not harvest the yield we.....

UK Government's new office to boost food exports
The UK Government has set up the "Great British Food Unit", as part of what the Conservatives have called "a whole-of-government approach" to boost exports. The new office aims to support the country's exporters by helping food manufacturers looking to build their presence overseas.The unit is to be headed.....

Pakistan seminar assists growers with fruit exports
In Pakistan, fruit growers and exporters of strawberry, banana, guava and fresh dates were instructed on how to enhance production of these fruits by using modern methods and adhering to international standards, in a seminar held on Thursday 21 January. The seminar was arranged by the Trade Development.....

High risk South African crops excluded from insurance
South African insurers are cutting cover of some crops planted by farmers due to the high risk posed by the drought. Vegetable crops in northern regions are said to pose too much of a risk for some insurers, while premiums for farmers who can get cover are rising.“As part of our constant negotiations with.....

Energy tariff hike catastrophe for South African ag sector
A proposed 16 percent electricity tariff increase would force the agriculture sector to look at alternative energy sources, says Agri Western Cape, where farmers across the province are already paying around R894 million annually for electricity. The measure would be a disaster for the sector, which is.....


Marlene Meya
Low demand for vegetables, citrus fruit sells better
During the winter the demand for citrus fruit is normally high, this year is no different. “The cooler temperature has given the trade a boost,” states Mustafa Aksoy, Junior Manager of Marlene Meya in Dortmund, “Currently the demand for vegetables is low. It has become very quiet.”Mustafa Aksoy, Junior.....

12% Increase in EU fruit, vegetable imports
EU imports of fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries totalled €11.7 billion for January-October 2015 – 12% higher than over the same period in 2014. According to Fepex, the strong growth in the value of EU fruit and vegetable imports is indicative of the ease of access to the EU compared to other.....


Cauliflowers: France dominates the trade followed by Italy
French cauliflowers dominated the trade ahead of Italian cauliflowers. In the meantime Spanish cauliflowers were available in Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg in manageable quantities. The availability increased, compared to the previous week, and was sufficient to meet the demand. It depended on the market.....

Rajshahi provides over half of Bangladesh's food demand
The Rajshahi region in Bangladesh fulfils 52 percent of the country's total food demand as well as supplying 76 percent of the raw-materials for the country's agro-based industries. Yet the region lacks big industrial enterprises and is therefore losing out onagro-processing opportunities."Unfortunately,.....

$130 million project to cut industrialized nation's food waste
A new, seven-year, $130 million project aims to cut food waste from fields to tables in industrialized nations. The Initiative was announced Thursday 21 January at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, by Rockefeller Foundation and aims to cut food waste and loss by half. According to the.....

Huge potential for Pakistan's fruit and veg exports to Iran
On Thursday 21 January, the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) urged the government to take immediate measures to enable the export of fresh fruit and vegetables to Iran. According to the PFVA, Pakistan can easily increase its fruit and vegetable exports to.....

Papua New Guinea to review fruit and veg import ban
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill has said that a review will soon be conducted regarding the import ban placed on various fruits and vegetables, following concerns raised by the business community and the general public.“I have been briefed by the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Tommy.....

Israel cucumber market summary
The market for cucumbers in Israel has been characterised by volatility. The local production is barely sufficient to meet demand, and so any disruption in supply or spike in demand creates shortages and sends prices soaring.Such situations occurred on multiple occasions in the last six months, for example.....

Germany: apple harvest 13% lower in 2015
The apple harvest in Germany was, with 973,000 metric tons, in 2015 13% lower than the exceptionally good harvest in 2014. The conditions weren’t as good as the previous year, due to the hot weather combined with the drought. However the German Statistical Office (Destatis) reported during the “Green Week”.....

US: Orange-juice demand lowest in 30 years
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, domestic orange-juice demand will slump to the lowest in at least 30 years, due to consumers shifting a wider array of beverages. Domestic demand for the breakfast staple will drop 11 percent to 600,000 tons in the 12 months that started Oct. 1, the.....


Citrus fruit: Winter weather takes off pressure
The citrus sales have relaxed. “The demand for citrus fruit has improved due to the cold weather,” explains a German wholesale trader, “During the period of warm weather the customers’ consumption of citrus fruit was low. And the low sales put some pressure on the trade.”Usually the consumption of citrus.....

AU Blueberry growers demand export protocol for China
The Australian Blueberry Growers Association president Greg McCulloch said the free trade agreement with China was worth nothing until the Federal Government established export protocols for Australian blueberry growers. Growers have infested millions but are losing out to countries such as Chile, Peru and.....

Mango exports from Maharashtra could jump 15% this year
Mango growers in the state of Maharashtra are hoping for a 15 per cent increase in exports this year, after suffering a disappointing 2015 season, due to the weather. Although the European Union lifted the ban on Indian mangoes last year, unseasonal rains destroyed more than 40 per cent of the crop right at.....

Kiwiberry GIA application submitted to NZ Minister
NZ Kiwiberry Growers Inc (NZKBG) and KVH havejointly submitted an application to the Minister forPrimary Industries for NZ Kiwiberry Growers to joinGovernment Industry Agreements (GIA) and berepresented by KVH in GIA decision making.New Zealand kiwiberry growers voted in support of this arrangement and how.....

Consumers encouraged to 'search and shop green-and-gold' in the lead-up to Australia Day and beyond
The not-for-profit Australian Made Campaign is calling on all Australians to support our farmers and manufacturers this month by considering the many ways they can get behind them in the lead-up to Australia Day and beyond.“We’re encouraging consumers to ‘search and shop green-and-gold’ whenever possible,.....

California's 13.2 million tons tomato planting contracts
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, planting contracts for 13.2 million tons of production in 2016 will be signed by California tomato processors this January. To reach this tonnage, processors estimate contracted production on about 271,000 acres with an average yield of 48.7 tons per.....

Poland: Producer groups fined for improper use of EU funds
Without decisive corrective actions, a disaster may be looming for Poland's fruit industry. The great success of Polish groups and producer organizations may lead to a gigantic failure.Poland's fruit production stands undoubtedly in a leading position on a global scale. We are not just talking about apples,.....

Jordanian farmers destroy tomato crops in protest
A union leader reports that on Tuesday 19 January, Southern Jordan Valley farmers destroyed dozens of tonnes of their tomato crops in protest against the lack of government intervention to curb their losses. The farmers are experiencing their fifth season of losses due to the closure of the Syrian and Iraqi.....