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Germany:

Asparagus in Brandenburg and Lower Saxony struggles with weather

In Lower Saxony, the wet and cold weather of the last few weeks caused the growth of asparagus to slow down considerably. “The cold influences the growth of the asparagus, and the yield decreased,” stated Fred Eickhorst, managing director of an asparagus farm in Lower Saxony.As a result, the supply of.....

Changes in the management of GS1 Germany

Last week, Jörg Pretzel, Managing Director of GS1 Germany, informed the board of directors that he will not renew his contract, which ends this year. His position will be taken over by Thomas Fell, a trading IT-expert. He will join the GS1 Germany in October, and he will take the full responsibility for the.....

Mexican entrepreneurs want to supply fruit and veg to Kazakhstan

Mexico is interested in establishing contacts with entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, as reported by MIA "DKNews" citing Kazpravda.kz, which reported that the Foreign Ministry briefed the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Mexico, Andrian Yelemesov.In his speech, Yelemesov noted that the government of Mexico views.....

Russia: Lack of labelling, most common consumer rights violation in Belgorod

The Office of the Russian Federal Office for the Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) in the Belgorod region has reported the most frequent violations in the sale of vegetables and fruits based on data from inspections on trading companies.The most common violation is the.....

Spain: Aragon has high hopes for its fruit and veg in Asia

Fruit Logistica, the most international fair in the fresh produce sector, visited Zaragoza to promote the export opportunities in the Asian continent for Aragonese producersThe Councillor of Rural Development and Sustainability, Joaquín Olona, ​​who was in charge of opening the event, took the.....

Citrus fruits, bananas, mangoes and avocados

Venezuela wants to export fruit to Russia

Venezuela seeks to export citrus fruits, pineapples, bananas, mangoes, avocados, cocoa and coffee to Russia, according to a statement posted by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture on its website following a meeting with a Venezuelan delegation on 3 May."The Venezuelan representatives confirmed their interest.....

New withdrawal compensations

EC announces Delegated Regulation for fruit and vegetables

The Head of Unit G-2 Wine, Spirits and Horticultural Products of the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission, Joao Onofre Antas Gonçalves, announced last week in Madrid that the Delegated Regulation that includes the new withdrawal compensations wil be published in the Official Journal of.....

Switzerland:

Market share of fruit and veg increases in discount supermarkets

In 2016, 16.8% of the fruit and 16.6% of the vegetables, including potatoes and mushrooms, were bought in discount supermarkets. This year the market share of fruit and vegetables sold by discount supermarkets increased again.Constant increase in sales volumesIn 2016 Swiss discount supermarkets sold about 9%.....

Moroccan and Spanish foreign ministers, satisfied with agricultural exchange

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has said that his government's dialogue with the European Union (EU) to find "the best way to comply" with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the implementation of the agricultural agreement in the Sahara has been satisfactory so far.In a joint appearance.....

Elections in France overshadowed by frost

Macron and Le Pen had their last debate on the 3rd of May. With around 60% of the votes, in the last poll, it seems the race has been won by Macron. How will election result affect the fruit and vegetable trade?Macron refers to apple producerMacron referred to this in his last debate. A big discussion between.....

Spain: Campaign "Nobody is perfect" against food waste

Ignasi Argilés, Director of Production and Trade at Grupo Nufri, and Xavi Navarro, responsible for fresh product buying at Supermercats Pujol, have presented the campaign "Nobody is perfect" against food waste. The campaign seeks to vindicate the value of an important volume of apples of the Fuji variety with.....

Kurdistan increases duties on imported fruit and veg

The Kurdistan Regional Government is imposing additional duties on imported fruits and vegetables because of increased production of these crops locally. The imposition of these fees is thus in the interest of domestic producers."When local crops are not yet ready, the fees for imported crops are not imposed.....

Dubai Chamber organises trade mission to Uzbekistan

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has concluded a successful trade mission to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent to explore opportunities and promote joint cooperation in agriculture.The Chamber organised the trade mission in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Uzbekistan, the Embassy of Uzbekistan.....

Russian ambassador tours Bulgaria in search of business opportunities

The Russian Ambassador in Bulgaria, Anatoly Makarov, is touring various Bulgarian regions and looking for opportunities for cooperation."We are ready to work with Bulgaria. We will wait for the new cabinet to give this a push," the diplomat explained.Last week he was in Haskovo, where he met with the governor.....

Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor encourages businesses to stop importing Polish produce

Since the beginning of the year, about 14 tonnes of fruit and vegetables that fell under the Russian food embargo have been destroyed in the Tyumen Region.Due to the increasing number of violations, the Office of the Rosselkhoznadzor for the Tyumen region, YaNAO and the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District are.....

Canary Islands demands severe sanctions against illegal tropical fruit imports

The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Narval Quintero, announced on Wednesday in Parliament that his department would ask the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment to impose "the most severe sanction possible against.....

AU: Index predicts continued slowing in retail sales growth

Published today, the 25th edition of the AFGC CHEP Retail Index has pointed to a return to slowing retail turnover growth in 2017. In January, the previous Index predicted that the upturn in retail turnover growth experienced in late 2016 would not be sustained into early 2017. This situation appears to be.....

Independent report

UK: Agricultural sector facing considerable difficulties in recruiting and retaining labour

The British Growers Association Chief Executive, Jack Ward, has welcomed the publication of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report ‘Feeding the nation: labour constraints’. Jack said: “It is refreshing to see an independent report that more accurately reflects the needs of fresh produce and.....

China and Lithuania forge stronger ties

China and Lithuania have agreed to facilitate closer cooperation and stronger ties as China’s top legislator Zhang Dejiang concluded his visit to the Baltic country on Sunday [16 April 2017]. Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC), paid an official goodwill.....

Imports $35 billion food and agricultural products every year

African continent has the potential to feed itself

The African continent has the potential to feed itself and even have surplus food to export to other parts of the world. But instead, the continent imports $35 billion worth of food and agricultural products every year, and if the current predictions hold, the import bill will rise to $110 billion annually by.....

Manufacturers in Egypt turn to local sourcing as prices soar

In green fields near Egypt's Mediterranean coast, PepsiCo is harvesting its first crop of potatoes produced from local seeds to make a leading brand of chips.Like other big manufacturers in Egypt, the global food and beverage giant is sourcing more of its raw materials locally to keep a lid on costs and limit.....

South Africa: Citrus up in alms after Summit

Consciousness is a quality that is fast reaching mandatory status in business, setting apart those who are serious about demonstrating their awareness of the world in which they do business.These businesses go beyond fixating on their bottom line by understanding the importance of balancing this priority with.....

Germany:

Cold snap: farmers worry about fruit and asparagus

Last week, Stefanie Härtel, spokesperson of the Bavarian Farmers’ Association, stated “so far, so good”. However the farmers hope that the weather forecast for the coming days will be milder than predicted. The German Weather Forecast Services predicted weather with temperatures clearly below freezing. These.....

US Dollar peaking against western European currencies

Regardless of what president Trump announces in his tax reform speech today, the Dollar is probably peaking versus western European currencies, says Kit Juckes, a foreign exchange analyst with Société Générale.Whilst cutting taxes might stimulate short-term rates and therefore the Dollar, the effect is likely.....

Georgia seeks to increase exports of agricultural goods to Saudi Arabia

Strengthening the economic and trade relations between Georgia and Saudi Arabia is the main goal of a Georgian delegation’s official visit to the country.Saudi Arabia is considering importing livestock, meat, dry fruit, honey and water from Georgia, while Georgia sees Saudi Arabia as a promising market in the.....

Woolies makes gains with nuts re-brand

Using “Australian grown” as a selling tool has helped increase the profile and throughput of nuts sold in supermarkets, according to Woolworths’ Paul Schadel. The head of supplier development and sourcing, own and exclusive brands for one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country addressed nut growers.....

Growers and product quality benefit from short food chains

The development of short supply chains could eliminate intermediaries and facilitate a much fairer and more decent remuneration for growers and livestock farmers in the European Union, as well as an improvement in the quality of foods at the local level.This was explained to EURACTIV.com, partner of EFE, by.....

Robert Gray - AMIA Chief Executive

AU: Indian mango imports will not impact domestic sales

The Australian Mango Industry Association is not concerned by the decision to allow the importation of Indian mangoes, saying it is only fair that other countries have access to the Australian marketplace.The green light was given this week for the importation of the fruit, depending on strict biosecurity.....

UAE to stop imports of Jordanian vegetables

The UAE, through its Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, has allegedly decided to stop the import of some vegetables and fruits from the Kingdom of Jordan. Jordanian producers believe that this decision would be a major blow to the country's economy.Some Jordanian newspapers and websites have reported.....

Chilean blueberries and avocados exported to India next season

In the framework of a public-private visit to India, led by the Chilean Undersecretary of Agriculture, Claudio Ternicier, the national authority and the Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, Ashwani Kumar, have signed an agreement that sets the conditions to allow the export of fresh.....

Turkish delegation in Russia to discuss lifting of sanctions

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek is heading a Turkish delegation on Tuesday to discuss the lifting of Russia's economic sanctions against Turkey.He is accompanied by Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekçi and other officials.The delegation is expected to meet in Moscow with Russian Deputy Prime.....

Funding drops to 4.7 million Euros

Fewer children get fruit and vegetables in southwest Germany

The reason for this decrease is the reduced EU funding - from 7.5 million Euros to 4.7 million Euros, stated Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch (CDU), Junior Minister of Rural Affairs and Consumer Safety in Stuttgart on Tuesday 18 April.Every week, about 390,000 children will receive fruit and vegetables during this.....

COAG and the Polisario Front

Spain: Possible legal action against illegal imports from Western Sahara

The Coordinator of the Organizations of Growers and Ranchers (COAG) and the Polisario Front will study joint actions to stop Morocco from illegally exporting agricultural products from the Western Sahara. This was agreed during a meeting in Madrid of the head of Fruits and Vegetables of COAG, Andrés Góngora,.....