Miscellaneous


Thailand's agricultural export value fell 3% in 2016
The Commerce Ministry for Thailand has reported the first growth in export value for the country in four years with a growth of .45% to USD $215.32bn. This was good news as, when compared to last year, import value contracted by 3.94 per cent to $194.66 billion, and as a result Thailand was locked into its.....

Juan Varilias, president of ADEX:
"Peru has two options now the US has left the TPP"
The president of the Peru's Association of Exporters (ADEX), Juan Varilias Velasquez, said that now the US had left the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), Peru has two options to explore: The first is to close a TPP without the US, which Japan approved a few days ago, or to achieve bilateral.....


Map shows population distribution of the US in units of Canadas
This map shows the population densities of various regions in the United States using units of Canada's population.source: twitter.com

China reported a growth of 6.8% at the end of 2016
China’s economy, the world’s second largest, grew 6.7% year on year in 2016, the slowest pace of growth in 26 years but still within the government’s target range set for the year, official data showed on Friday.Growth in the fourth quarter came in at 6.8%, accelerating from the 6.7% rise registered in the.....


“Many improvements possible"
Dutch support for Indian fruit cultivation sector
A group of Dutch agricultural companies are working to bring the Indian fruit cultivation sector up to scratch. Supplying starting materials, a supply chain approach and education are core ideas for this. Jan Neele is the coordinator of the group. He has high expectations of the Dutch effort.The group.....

EU agreement with Canada to be decided today
The EU Committee on International Trade expects to vote on the Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada today so that, if approved, it can be voted on in the European Parliament's plenary session on February 14, which would allow them to provisionally apply it from that date.The Economic and.....

Argentina: Hail wreaks havoc on the fruit of Rio Colorado
The town has had no respite from the weather. There's almost no quality fruit left on the plants. There was a first storm on Saturday and on Sunday it hailed again and the hail destroyed nectarines, apples, and pears. Some producers lost all their harvest.A large productive sector of Rio Colorado was.....

Import ban on curry leaves from India remains effective in EU
At the start of this year, we reported that, after an interval of three years, India will resume the export of curry leaves to the European Union. This could have have led readers to believe that the import ban, effective in the EU, is no longer in place. This is incorrect: the import ban is still in place,.....


Albert Heijn and Lidl grow, Aldi loses market share
The market share of discounter Aldi decreased further in 2016, while Albert Heijn and Lidl, on the other hand, continued to grow, market researcher Nielsen announced on Monday. Aldi and the shop formulas of Detailresult (Dirk van den Broek, Dekamarkt) are losing the most ground. Aldi, which still had a.....

Trump's measures could favor Peru
The economic measures that could be implemented in the short term by the US president, Donald Trump, could favor Peru. But there are several factors that have to be assessed, said the president of the Exporters Association (Adex), Juan Varilias."The US economy is expected to have a greater recovery. In fact,.....

Supreme court rules Brexit cannot begin without vote from Parliament
The Supreme Court in the UK has ruled that in order to begin the Brexit process, Parliament must vote. With the new judgement Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until Parliament shows their support for the decision to leave. While Parliament will have a say the court ruled that the Scottish.....


World tax revenues by percent of GDP 1980-2013
This chart shows how total tax revenues around the world, as a percentage of GDP, have changed over the years. According to the chart, as of 2013, Denmark has the highest at 48.7 followed by France at 45%.

"India can increase exports by $ 5.5bn by reducing trade costs by 10%"
A new study by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and its knowledge partner Maersk reveals that reducing the costs of trade across four high-growth trade sectors by prioritizing digitization, inland infrastructure development, an efficient regulatory environment and developmental training, can.....


Only five countries have a higher GDP than California
A chart from statista shows that only five countries in the world boast a higher GDP than California, one of those obviously being the US.The others include China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. To see a full size version of the map click here.source: twitter.com


Damage estimated at 7,000 Euro
Spain: Man causes damage at ex-boss's greenhouse
Agents of the Guardia Civil of El Ejido are investigating a case of criminal damage at an agricultural holding. The suspect caused severe damage to his ex-boss's cucumber greenhouse because he held a grudge against him.The events took place in late December 2016, when the owner of a greenhouse, located in.....

Chinese President defends free trade at World Economic Forum
Chinese President Xi Jinping defended globalization and free trade in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, where he emphasized China's interest in taking the mantle as other western countries turn to protectionism. He called it"locking oneself in a dark room" to protect from danger, but.....


US and Canadian retailers visit the Chilean fruit industry
The Association of Exporters Fruit of Chile AG, Asoex, and ProChile, invited a group of representatives of major supermarket chains in the US and Canada to visit Chile to get to know the productive and export process of Chilean fruit.The event was coordinated by the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) in.....

India will begin negotiating an FTA with Peru
The Indian government approved this morning the start of negotiations of a free trade agreement with Peru, aimed at promoting exchanges, according to international newswires.The Indian Office of Public Information stated through its Twitter account that the Cabinet had approved negotiating a trade agreement.....


Mexico: Fruits from Colima appear in the agricultural food atlas
In recent days, the SIAP (Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service), published the 2016 Agricultural Food Atlas. The Atlas is a valuable document that compiles the 32 states of the country. It has statistical information, geographical information, data regarding exports and the occasional trade.....


These types of fruit contain the least amount of sugar
No fat, no sugar, no carbohydrates: for those who wish to lose weight, the correct type of food plays a major role. However, you do not have to hold back with the following types of fruit, because they contain very little fructose, according to website bunte.de. Tenth place:.....


PLU codes: this is what the stickers on fruit and vegetables mean
You have probably already seen them: the small stickers on apples, bananas and other fruits and vegetables, containing a four or five-digit number. But do you know what these so-called PLU codes mean?What are PLU codes?PLU means ‘price-look-up’. Initially, these codes are meant for cashiers, who enter this.....

Kiwi from Mar del Plata for the United States
Argentina: First quality seal for products that are free of toxic waste
In the coming days, producers from General Pueyrredon will launch the first quality seal in Argentina that ensures that the production of fruit and vegetables is free of toxic waste."Laboratory tests showed that 98% of the production in the region does not contain pesticide residues," said Ricardo.....

Tackling food loss to grow profit in Ontario’s produce industry
According to the World Bank, up to one-third of the world’s food produced for human consumption is either lost during processing or is wasted by consumers due to evolving consumption patterns. North America and Oceania stand out from other developed regions with the most food wasted per capita. In fresh.....


Ups and downs in fruit and vegetable sector
2016: Higher consumption but damage in cultivation due to flooding and hail
2016 was a year of changeable successes. For the first time in years, a small increase can be seen again in the Dutch consumption of fruit and vegetables. The import value of fresh fruit and vegetables increased by nine per cent to 5.7 billion euro. The export value increased by ten per cent to 8.8 billion.....


Heavy frosts lead to big losses of Italian crops
In recent days temperatures have risen slightly, but the damage is already done. Most of the varieties that are planted in the south of the country can no longer be harvested, and even some new varieties of clementines that they hoped to bring out this year have been spoiled."Compared to last year, when it.....

Spain: Gang that stole fruit and veg dismantled
Agents of the National Police and the Guardia Civil have completed a joint operation with the arrest of six men, three Spaniards and three Romanians, aged between 20 and 53, who were part of a criminal network devoted to the theft of horticultural products on farms in the provinces of Malaga, Granada and.....

Eco-Pioneer: Demeter and BÖLW mourn the loss of Jan von Ledebur
The eco-pioneer Jan von Ledebur died on the 23rd of December at the age of 85. He was a pioneer in the German and international organic farming movement and has advanced in various responsible positions, explained Demeter and the Federation of Organic Food (BÖLW).Demeter board spokesman, Alexander Gerber,.....

Dutch fruit trader murdered in Mexico
Dutch fresh produce trader Andres Reijgersberg has been murdered in Mexico. The family has confirmed this. Reijgersberg was a share holder of the company AC Reijgersberg in Poeldijk, the Netherlands, and started the Mexican adventure in November 2010, when he dedicated himself to the export of Mexican.....


Peso continues fall after Trump election
Just 10 weeks after the announcement of Donald Trump's win in the general election, the Peso has seen a noticeable drop. Traders fear for the economy of Mexico and the future of trade between both the United States and Mexico after Trumps firm stance against current trade deals between the countries. During.....


Professor Gino van Ossel sees supermarkets ‘rediscovering’ themselves
“There will be more space for fresh in supermarkets”
“In 2017 we will not suddenly see completely different retail trends than in 2016. A trend is something that happens over a longer period of time. I expect that certain trends will just continue occurring this year. The penchant for authenticity and the search for the special will continue for now,” says.....


Map of world population density
A map released on the Amazing Maps twitter account shows the population density of various countries around the globe. The darker red a region is colored, the more dense its population. To see a larger version of this map, click here.


Innovative coordination and support actions to promote and strengthen the Short Food Supply Chain at European level
New start for the Horizon2020 "SKIN" project
The European Commission recently provided funding to the University of Foggia – Dept. of Economics (Italy) - for an H2020 project under the name: Renaissance - Fostering innovation and business opportunities. The project titled "Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network - SKIN", coordinated by.....

Aldi to conquer Italy
Aldi, the German giant leading in the discount channel, has created a real estate company - Aldi Immobiliare S.r.l. - located in Bolzano in via Casse di Risparmio 18. The initiative was developed with the purpose of managing the penetration of the Italian market with the various stores purchased and rented,.....

Maersk Line increases its volume by 21% in Mexico
According to the T21 firm, between January and October 2016, the shipping company Maersk Line increased its total volumes, including imports and exports, in the Mexican market by 21%, when compared to the same period of 2015.One of the most notable achievements of the shipping company in Mexico is the launch.....

Chile promotes its fruit among Canadian children
Sussane Bertolas, Merchandiser of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) for the Canadian market, and some Canadian nutritionists, are developing a campaign to promote the consumption of Chilean fruit, especially of blueberries, among children, by using media that specializes in food and healthy living,.....


Map shows life expectancy by country
This map shows the life expectancy around the globe. The darker the green the higher the life expectancy while the more red the lower with a black color marking the lowest expectancy. In the Map you can see that Canada and parts of Western Europe may live the longest while the countries of Southern Africa.....


Chile: O'Higgins increases inspection of fruit for the US by 30%
According to calculations made at the Los Lirios inspection site, which guarantees that the fresh produce being sent to the US is free of pests and diseases, there's been a 30% increase in the inspections of fruit to be exported to the United States from the region of O'Higgins.These days, there is a large.....


Brexit could have 0.4% impact on Spanish GDP
According to Antonio Hernández, responsible for energy and international strategy at KPMG, the Brexit could have an impact on the Spanish economy of around 0.4% of the GDP.The UK is the fourth destination of all Spanish exports, which in 2015, accounted for about €18 billion, 7% of the total. It is also the.....

Food bank receives bananas with cocaine
The food bank in Huizen, the Netherlands, recently received a batch of bananas that had one kilogram of cocaine hidden in the shipment. On Tuesday 6 December 2016, a shipment of cocaine, with a street value of approximately 55 million euro, was intercepted. The bananas were sent on to the dispatch address in.....

Peru will define the roadmap for the FTA with India this quarter
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Edgar Vasquez, stated that the schedule for negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with India would be defined in the first quarter of this year, so that they could start formal talks."Peru and India should have a first technical meeting in the first three months of.....

FTA between Peru and Honduras is already in force
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and Honduras entered into force on January 1, 2017, said the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), Eduardo Ferreyros.The new trade agreement immediately removed tariffs on 84% of Peruvian exports and provides that the remaining tariffs will be.....


HARC intercepts another 250 kilos of cocaine on New Year's Eve
Another cocaine find in bananas
The HARC team Rotterdam, a collaboration between port police, customs and Fiod, intercepted another 250 kilos of cocaine on the final day of 2016. Five men have been arrested. The drugs were immediately destroyed. The drugs were in boxes of bananas from Ecuador. The boxes were unloaded by a ship at a.....

Mexico ousts Canada as major agricultural supplier for the US
According to data from the US Department of Agriculture, in 2016 Mexico managed to position itself as the main supplier of agricultural products for the US, surpassing Canada and the European Union.According to information from the federal agency, Mexico closed 2016 with a 19.9% share of the US agricultural.....

Morocco and Egypt continue to grow as vegetable suppliers to the EU
According to data from Eurostat, Morocco and Egypt continue to gain weight as the main non-EU vegetable supplier countries for the EU, with a respective 13% and 10% growth in volume in the first half of 2016 over the same period of 2015, totalling 482,571 tons and 250,559 tons.EU imports of vegetables from.....

Peruvian fruit exports grow by 236% in five years
According to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), Peruvian fruit and nut exports between 2010 and 2015 had a cumulative growth of 236%, and an annual 27.4% average increase.The value of these exports went from 537.7 million dollars in 2010 to 1,806.9 million in 2015, based on.....


Five men jailed for disguising drugs as papayas and yams
A gang of five drug dealers who were caught importing cocaine and cannabis into the UK within consignments of fruit have been handed jail sentences totalling more than 38 years following an investigation by the Met’s Organised Crime Command.On 13 January 2015, officers stopped Barrington Bennett shortly.....


Territorial expansion of France from 985-1947
A map from Amazing Maps on twitter shows how France's territory has changed from 985-1847. Click here to see how France's territory changes over the years.

Peru: Fruit exports to the Asia Pacific region
Ten years ago, Peru exported 18 fruit products worth 19 million dollars to the Asia Pacific region. Currently this amount is 15 times bigger, according to the magazine of Promperu's Department of Market Intelligence."Last year, the country exported 25 products worth 250 million dollars," said Andres Bravo,.....

Cocaine importer using fruit companies as cover given 12-year jail sentence
Last month, a suspect was sentenced to prison for 12 years, minus the time he was in detention awaiting trial. For a period of two years, he was in charge of a criminal organisation which focused on importing a large amount of cocaine from South America to the Netherlands. To that end, various fruit.....

Report reveals mass exploitation of migrant workers in New Zealand
A report published on December 14 examines the rampant exploitation of migrant workers and international students in New Zealand. Worker Exploitation in New Zealand: A Troubling Landscape by Dr Christina Stringer, a lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, is based on 105 interviews with.....

Peru sees total exports grow by 12%
Total Peruvian exports grew 11.97% in November last year from the same month a year ago, underpinned by higher traditional shipments (19.38%), the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) informed on Sunday.Nevertheless, INEI reported that non-traditional exports posted a 2.40 contraction in.....

Chile: Christmas rains have a moderate effect on fruit for export
Ronald Bown, the president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), said that "a first report regarding the recent and atypical rains that hit the country from the Region of Coquimbo up to Los Lagos, states that the rains had a moderate impact on seasonal fruits, such as blueberries,.....


President Putin:
“Four per cent increase in production for Russian agriculture in 2016”
During his annual end-of-year press conference, President Putin said the Russian agricultural production increased by at least four per cent in 2016. “Agriculture is experiencing a significant increase. Last year, it was an increase of 2.6 per cent, and this year it appears as if it will be even more than.....


How China celebrates Christmas
Christmas, a holiday that originally comes from the West, has been making an entrance in China in the past few years and is starting to adapt to the environment. It already has become a very popular holiday. As one of China's traditions, Christmas is still brand new. But, like many other customs that came to.....