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25th anniversary of single European market, a turning point for horticultural exporters

The EU single market came into force on 1 January 1993, guaranteeing the free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and which for FEPEX was a determining factor in the take-off of the Spanish export of fruits and vegetables to the EU.The entry into force of the single market entailed the elimination.....

Market diversification, a priority for the Spanish fruit and veg sector

According to data corresponding to the period between January and October 2017 from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, Spanish exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to the EU grew by 3% over to the same period of 2016, as they amounted to 9,484 million euro. Meanwhile, its exports to non-EU European.....

"The EU is facing restrictions on exports to important agro-food markets"

In the debate for the reform of the CAP that will continue during the first part of this year, and foreseeing that legislative proposals will be presented before the summer of 2018, FEPEX considers the point related to the global dimension of the CAP (included in the Communication of the month of November).....

Greece preparing protective measures for domestic produce

The Greek Ministry of Agriculture has started negotiations with domestic growers in order to protect local produce. To this end, markets are being created for the exclusive sale of Greek goods, which will be sold directly by the producers, said Minister Vangelis Apostolou, quoted by the Bulgarian National.....

The agreement will be reached in a matter of weeks

The EC and Mercosur will resume negotiations this month

The European Commission and the countries that make up Mercosur: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, are planning to resume negotiations to reach a new Association Agreement during this month.The Commissioner of the European Trade Commission, Cecilia Malmström, stated that, after the last negotiating.....

Uzbekistan exporting fruit and veg to new destinations

Uzbekistan plans to significantly expand the number of export destinations for its fruits and vegetables, as reported on 26 December by Tohirzhon Zhalilov, chairman of the holding company "Uzbekkozikovkatholding", in an interview with the business information agency Abireg.According to him, in 2017, the.....

China: Hema opens 30 new stores in Beijing

The 2018 great e-commerce war is beginning with an invasion of new participants from Taiwan. On January 3, Hema announced that they are going to open 30 new stores in Beijing. The plan includes such locations as Xizhimen, Guang'anmen and Shuangjing.When all of the stores are open, they'll cover all the.....

India:

Haryana becomes first state to offer protected vegetable prices

Haryana has become the first state in India to fix a protected price for vegetable crops. The 'Bhavantar Bharpai Yojna' or the price deficit compensation scheme will ensure farmers of protected prices for their vegetables.Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar stated that the scheme will be a boon for.....

Canary tomatoes to undergo phytosanitary control before entering the Iberian Peninsula and Europe

Community Regulation 2031/2016, which requires Canary tomato shipments intended for the Iberian Peninsula and Europe to undergo phytosanitary inspections, has come into force on Tuesday 1 January 2018.The Federation of Horticultural Exporters of Las Palmas, FEDEX, has been working all year 2017 in order to.....

Poland: Introduction of recycling fee for plastic bags at supermarkets

On 1 January, the recycling fee came into force in Poland, which means that customers will have to pay more for their shopping bags. Also, the few stores where shopping bags had been free so far won't be able to continue offering this service.Under the new regulations, the fee applies to foils with a thickness.....

EU agri-food imports and exports further increased in October 2017

The latest monthly trade report shows that the value of European Union (EU) agri-food exports in October 2017 reached €12.3 billion, maintaining their high performance.EU agri-food imports also increased with a monthly value in October 2017 of €9.6 billion. Today's report presents the trade balance and its.....

Vietnam: Fruit sector expands export market

Over the past 10 years, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports have steadily increased, earning more than US$1 billion annually. Last year, Vietnam earned US$2.5 billion from fruit and vegetable exports and this figure is estimated at US$3.5 billion this year. Vietnamese fruits are now available in 70 countries.....

Focus still lies on regionality

Austria: Restructuring at Aroma Obst GmbH

The Aroma Obst GmbH company has announced that they are restructuring their management. Michael Pichler takes his leave as the company's managing director, but remains in the company as authorized signatory. Mrs. Michelle Schalk-Hirschbeck now is the new boss of the fruit trading company in the southeastern.....

USDA report

US: Food purchase decisions of Millennial households

Millennials, those born between 1981 and the mid-2000s, are now the largest, most diverse living generation—surpassing Baby Boomers—in the United States. As such, their purchasing behavior heavily influences the current retail landscape. They are more diverse and have higher levels of education (on average).....

More money for the growers

France wants to put an end to price wars

The French Government is preparing a bill that aims to put an end to the current price war between supermarkets and ensure growers receive more money, as reported by the National Federation of Agricultural Operators (FNSEA), the sector's main union in the country.Its president, Christiane Lambert, stated in an.....

Quality of Spanish fruit drives sales in Canada

Exports from the Spanish agro-food sector to Canada grew by 38.4% between January and September 2017, reaching 194.4 million Canadian dollars (151.6 million US dollars) thanks, in part, to the rising popularity of the fruit in this market, which has learned to appreciate its quality.The chief counsellor of the.....

EU and Chile negotiate modernisation of Association Agreement

The EU and Chile have started negotiations in Brussels for the renewal of the Association Agreement. The first round was held in November and the Commission subsequently launched a consultation aimed at the sectors affected in order to find out their opinions on the issue. This process is planned to conclude.....

Business forum held to facilitate supply of Kazakh products to Qatar

Doha has hosted the first Qatar-Kazakhstan business forum ever held between both countries, where more than 70 representatives of state institutions and businesses discussed prospects for cooperation and has even created a business council.More than 420 local companies showcased their products at the.....

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"Fasten your seat belts in the 2018 Foreign Exchange Market"

Key meetings between central banks and the EU have not delivered any major surprises. The current quiet period is the calm before the storm, predicts Laurens Maartens of the Dutch financial institution, Nederlandsche Betaal- en Wisselmaatschappij. According to him, foreign exchange markets should prepare.....

EC reducing phytosanitary controls on Moroccan tomatoes

The European Commission will enforce less strict phytosanitary controls on the export of tomatoes from Morocco to the European Union from 1 January 2018, as announced by the European entity on Wednesday 20 December through a statement."The phytosanitary controls (...) for tomatoes from Morocco will be reduced.....

Jalisco avocados aim to gain foothold in Europe through the Rainforest Alliance

Avocado producers have been facing barriers enforced by the United States government to prevent the fruit's export from the state of Jalisco, so they are seeking to gain a foothold in the European market, undergoing a "unique (in the country)" certification process through the Rainforest Alliance.In a press.....

Russia may ban the import of Kazakh fruit and veg

The Rosselkhoznadzor may impose a ban on the supply of vegetables and fruits from Kazakhstan.It was announced that the Rosselkhoznadzor had expressed concern over the increase in the number of violations of international and Russian requirements on Kazakhstan's part, reports Total.kz.The Russian supervisory.....

EFTA and Ecuador hold fifth round of negotiations

From 11 to 15 December 2017, the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and Ecuador held the fifth round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Geneva, Switzerland.Delegations continued their work in a constructive atmosphere on the basis of the.....

India needs to make farming profitable and curb food inflation

India needs to adopt a revolutionary approach to ramp up production of vegetables, in line with ‘ Operation Flood’ that made the country a global leader in milk production. This is one of the conclusions taken from the 50th edition of the SKOCH Summit, held in the national capital, where the focus is on.....

Spain: Uprooting of crops proposed to tackle crisis in stone fruit sector

Unió de Pagesos has proposed an uprooting plan to the Minister of Agriculture, Isabel García Tejerina, as an effective measure to tackle the crisis in the sweet fruit sector. They argue that this would allow the cultivation of other crops and would not require increasing the sector's budget with help from the.....

Jamaican farmers urged to capitalise on ALEX platform

The Jamaican Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has urged Jamaican farmers to capitalise on the Agri-linkages Exchange (ALEX) platform, as he is convinced this will be a huge catalyst in equipping them to benefit from the successes of tourism.According to a report on jis.gov.jm, the platform, which was set.....

The EU demands additional measures against Xylella fastidiosa

The European Union (EU) has called for additional measures in the fight against Xylella fastidiosa, such as "more thorough and standardised inspections" in the Member States, even with molecular tests in areas other than those demarcated, and transparency measures, dumping data on the Internet.On Saturday, the.....

Canary Islands want aid for tomato exports to the UK to continue after Brexit

The Government of the Canary Islands has asked the European Commission to maintain the current aid granted to tomato exports to the United Kingdom when this country ceases to belong to the EU.In statements made to the media before participating in an EFEAgro forum, Canary Councillor of Agriculture Narvay.....