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Bio-Market grows into new dimensions

Organic products are still in demand with customers. Revenues in 2016 grew by 9.9%, compared to the previous year, according to the AgrarMarktInformation (AMI) in Bonn. Carsten Bauck, chairman of the eco-committee of the Landvolk Lower Saxony laments that local farmers often do not profit from the growing.....

Bonduelle - Solid revenue growth, in accordance with the annual target

For the first time, revenues of the Bonduelle-Group rose above the mark of 2 billion Euro in the fiscal year of 2016-2017, pushed by a solid organic growth and the consolidation of Ready Pac Foods towards the end of the fiscal year.These results mirror the strong resilience of the group, even through.....

Ethiopia seeks new markets to boost horticulture exports

Ethiopia is looking to promote its horticulture products in China and other markets to increase export volumes and revenue, the Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) has said. The association said various endeavours are already under way to help achieve this goal.Tewodros Zewdie, the EHPEA.....

Kiwis ranked amongst highest consumers of fruit & veg

Research released today by the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust puts Kiwis on the global map when it comes to awareness of the health benefits and consumption of fruit and vegetables. Awareness of the 5+ A Day message, which encourages all Kiwis to eat five or more servings of colourful, fresh fruit and vegetables.....

Chilean industry launches first airport promotion for its fresh fruits

The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) will unveil next week its inaugural promotion at an airport, representing a major step towards the increased marketing of Chilean fresh fruit as a healthy, convenient snack across additional distribution channels.Co-funded by the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture.....

Qatar-Turkey trade route could cut transportation costs by 80%

The newly-announced land trade route through Turkey, Iran and Qatar is expected to significantly reduce the cost of the transportation of goods. The new trade line will lead to a decline of nearly 80 percent in the transportation cost of food items compared to air freight charges, say experts.Mohammed bin.....

Iranian ag exporters question future of trade with Iraq

In an unexpected turn of events, Iraqi officials have blocked the entry of truckloads of Iranian watermelon, melon, tomato and potato at the border, inflicting a huge loss on Iranian exporters.Speaking to Hamid Hosseini, a member of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, Financial Tribune attempted to shed light on.....

Spain: Extended Russian veto has caused 600 million Euro losses in Valencia

When focusing specifically on the Russian market, the Region of Valencia has lost up to 600 million Euro over the last three fruit and vegetable campaigns. The losses in Spain as a whole have amounted to 2,000 million Euro, to which we must add 40,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetable surpluses, according to.....

Woolworths wins appeal over $150k stray grape in store

Now the Court of Appeal has overturned a District Court decision awarding a customer $151,000 plus legal costs after she slipped on the offending fruit in the produce aisle at Woolworths Leichhardt.Colleen McQuillan took legal action against Woolworths in 2015, after she slipped and fell in the Sydney.....

Global ID acquires Analitus

The Global ID Group, a platform dedicated to providing food safety and food quality solutions, today announced that it has acquired Analitus Análises Biotecnológicas (“Analitus”), a food safety testing laboratory based in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The financial terms of the transaction were not.....

Greek investment and exports to Romania on the rise

More than 6,500 Greek companies are active in Romania, with the value of Greek investments reaching 4 billion Euro. According to the annual report on the development of economic and trade relations between Greece and Romania, prepared by the Embassy's Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs, in the year.....

Tech-savvy farmers transforming Japan’s shrinking ag sector

A new breed of younger, business- and tech-savvy farmers is transforming Japan’s shrinking agriculture sector with cutting-edge techniques and marketing strategies, giving new hope to an industry in slow decline.Hiroki Iwasa, a 40-year-old IT entrepreneur with an MBA, grows strawberries in seven, high-tech.....

Fruit and vegetable prices in Russia may drop 15%

Fruit and vegetable prices may potentially decline by 15% in coming months, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development said on Wednesday."Inflation was 3.9% year-on-year in July, falling below the target level of the Bank of Russia. The dramatic slowdown of annual inflation was caused in the first instance.....

Free Trade Agreement

Pakistani exports to Russia increase by 10% in 3 months

Pakistan's exports to Russia increased by 10 percent in June, 2017 as compared to May 2017, which was a positive sign for enhancing the trade ties between the two countries. Pakistan and Russia have agreed to sign a Free Trade Agreement for increasing bilateral trade and improving long term economic ties, said.....

A greenhouse to produce vegetables in Tierra del Fuego

A project of the Southern Scientific Research Centre (CADIC), a body under the CONICET, has made it possible to develop, after three years of testing, a greenhouse structure capable of withstanding winds of up to 150 km/h, as well as over one metre of snowfall. These greenhouses are suitable for the production.....

Frits van den Meulen, KCB

"Overflowing boxes of iceberg lettuce"

In the past few weeks, during visits, I have seen a lot of greenhouse product, writes Frits van der Meulen of the Dutch Quality Control Agency (KCB). At the moment, there is a large selection of tomato varieties available, fromtomatoes-on-the-vine,andloose tomatoes tocherry tomatoes, all of excellent quality......

Food Price Index:

Fruit cheaper, veg more expensive in NZ

Fruit has become cheaper and vegetables more expensive, according to Statistics New Zealand's latest food index. Fruit prices fell 5.2 per cent last month, lead by cheaper avocados and strawberries, contributing to a 0.2 per cent fall in overall food prices.Avocado prices fell 29 per cent in July, coming off a.....

Fresh-produce food stamps go unused in NJ every year

State health and agriculture officials are heading to a South Jersey farm on Thursday to celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week and promote the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program.According to state Health Department Commissioner Cathleen Bennett, this program helps to provide healthy Jersey Fresh produce.....

To favor a few agribusinesses

US NAFTA objective would hurt all consumers

Statement from The Fresh Produce Association of the AmericasA small group of politically connected, wealthy agribusiness firms from Florida are seeking concessions from the Federal government to effectively subsidize their industry by raising prices, an act that would deprive Americans of affordable fruits and.....

New German programme to tackle food waste

Entrepreneur Raphael Fellmer, co-founder of Foodsharing.de, a group dedicated to using food that would otherwise be thrown out, has launched SirPlus, a new programme developed to tackle food waste, according to the Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, Germany’s federal agency for food and.....

Morocco's veg exports to EU up 17%

Morocco's vegetables exports to the European Union increased by 17 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period of 2016.The total value of the exports in the first six months of 2017 stood at 551.8 million euros (648 million USD) compared to 470.6 million euros (553 million USD) a year.....

Ukraine's 2016 ag production in one infographic

source: agroberichtenbuitenland.nl

Harvest losses in Europe - fruits and vegetables are running out

The numbers are rather dramatic: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland and other Eastern European countries suffered from a significant reduction of yields of the fruit harvest compared to previous years. First estimations expected losses of 60 to 70 percent for sour cherries, especially from Poland......

Russia discovers regional foods due to embargo

It's cucumber season in Russia. The green vegetable is stacked in braided baskets in a store of the popular Moscow supermarket chain, WkusWill. Tasty tomatoes and apples are drawing in customers as well.Unlike any other supermarket in the Russian capital, WkusWill (Eng. 'the taste of life') is betting on.....

According to Geert Claes there is no more supply and demand

"Growers have become modern slaves"

According to Geert Claes of Belgian Fruit Innovation Farmers, fruit growers and the entire agrarian sector are modern slaves to society. "Mafia practices are used by the trade. The sales price usually doesn't cover the costs anymore. It's impossible to survive with these bad prices." He believes producers.....

Market price is stabilising

China: Ginger export market starts to recover

"This year's ginger price was very unusual. From the beginning of May, the export price started to rise by 7-8% per week, until the middle of June, when it started to fluctuate slightly, and slowly became stable. The export market is now also starting to recover," says Mr. Jason from Anqiu Tailai Foods Co......

Egypt aims to reverse ag export bans

Egypt is looking to reverse a series of bans on its agricultural products that have hit one of its most promising export sectors, Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, the head of Egypt's Agriculture Export Council told Reuters.Egyptian crops from strawberries to peppers have been hit by temporary bans in Saudi Arabia and.....

€250 million for EU schoolchildren to receive fruit, vegetables and milk

Since the 1st August 2017, the new fruit, vegetable and milk scheme funded by the EU has been implemented and will be running as of the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Out of the €250 million approved for the 2017-2018 school year, about €150 million will be allocated to fruit and vegetables and €100.....

Total Produce August market report

UK: Sweetcorn, plums and the first apples on the market

As summer draws to an end the produce available on the markets will change, according to Total Produce's August Market Report. British sweetcorn is early, plums are fantastic and the first apples are on the market.New season grapes from Italy and Spain are giving a good constant supply. The supply of potatoes.....

Consumer awareness to be raised for French fruit and vegetables under crisis

Currently the situation is difficult for many products in France. Apricots, melons and carrots have been declared in crisis (melons 21 days ago and carrots 29 days ago). Other products that have abnormally low prices at the moment include cucumbers and tomatoes. A €350,000 budget has been released to carry out.....

Hungarian fruit production threatened by extreme weather

Next year's fruit production in Hungary may be threatened by the fiercely dry weather recorded this summer. Neither the quality of the fruits nor the volume will be the same. The solution would be to expand the irrigated land and to modernise it.Due to this year's droughty summer, the lack of rainfall and a.....

Cheaper fruit and veg leads to lower inflation in Russia

In July, inflation in Russia fell below the Central Bank's target and amounted to 3.9 percent. This is evidenced by the data published on the website of the Federal State Statistics Service.Such a sharp decline in inflation was not expected by any analysts, as noted by the "Parliamentary Newspaper." According.....

Spain: Huelva's agro-food exports to the UK still on the rise

Andalusian agro-food exports to the United Kingdom continue to grow exactly a year after the announcement of Brexit. Between July 2016, the month following the referendum in which the country decided to leave the European Union, and May this year (the last month for which data are available), the country has.....

Morocco, Turkey and Egypt continue growing in EU vegetable market

EU imports of vegetables from Morocco, Turkey and Egypt continue to grow, with increases of 17%, 51% and 20% in the first four months of 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year, according to the latest data updated by the Eurostat Statistical Office, processed by FEPEX.Imports of vegetables.....

Dry spell hitting Vancouver Island growers

The prolonged dry spell is affecting farming operations on Vancouver Island.At Michell Bros. Farm, sprinklers that normally run for 10 to 12 hours a day are now spraying around the clock. It's costing the family farm thousands of dollars to keep crops watered.Hot temperatures are also taking a toll on farming.....

AU hort groups move from VoH to National Farmers' Federation

Horticulture lobby group Voice of Horticulture has lost some of its biggest members, as the push for a more united representation in the sector continues.AusVeg and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd have resigned from VoH, while the Australian Blueberry Growers Association has also left.AusVeg and ABGA are now.....

Ghana Ag Minister:

"EU soon to lift ban on veg imports"

The European Union (EU) is expected to lift the ban on some vegetable exports from Ghana by the end of this year [2017]. The move should increase Ghana’s production of such vegetables to about 20 million dollars.The EU has banned the exports of some vegetables from Ghana over concerns on their quality. There.....

CLAUSE 4th international Open Days sees success

The 4th CLAUSE international Open Days took place on July 11th and 12th, 2017 at the HM.CLAUSE upland research station in Amman, Jordan."It was an amazing showcase of our commercial assortment and also a real opportunity to show the new promising range of varieties and interact with customers," representatives.....

Updated 2nd of August

List of accepted fresh fruit in China and their export countries

On 2 August 2017, the National Bureau of Quality Inspection updated its "List of accepted fresh fruit in China and their export countries". This new version has added two new kinds of fruit: Egyptian grapes and New Zealand persimmons.Click here to read the list (in Chinese).Source: National Bureau of Quality.....

Growing apricot export for Armenia

Deputy Minister of Agriculture Robert Makaryan has said that, as of July 26, 1,330 tons of vegetables and 9,170 tons of fruit tons of fresh fruit and vegetables had been processed by Armenian companies. Apricots, in particular, made up a large volume of the processed fruits, amounting to 7300 tons.“7100 tons.....

Germany top export destination for Turkish goods

According to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) data, Germany ranked first among Turkey's export markets in the January-July period of 2017 with $8.2 billion.Exports to Germany, Turkey's largest export market for many years, increased by 6.2 percent in the first seven months of the year compared to the same.....

Poland was the EU’s largest producer of apples, cherries and carrots in 2016

A total of 2.8 million hectares are devoted to the cultivation of fruit in the European Union, while another 2.1 million hectares are used for the production of vegetables, according to Eurostat data.As far as the fruit acreage is concerned, Spain is in the lead. Last year, the country had 942 thousand.....

France intensifies controls to determine traceability of Spanish fruit

The pressure against Spanish fruit and vegetables in France seems to be moving from the producers' pickets to the controls of the agents of the French Anti-Fraud Department, who have recently been intensifying their surveillance on the roads to determine the traceability of the Spanish products transported by.....

CPMA leadership in California to discuss the importance of free trade

Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) President Ron Lemaire and CPMA Chair Rick Alcocer met with State officials in California the last week of July to highlight the benefits of free trade between Canada and the United States for fresh produce.The meetings, on Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28 in.....

Riders raise more than $165,000

Tour de Fresh completes record-breaking fourth year

This year’s Tour de Fresh event continued to break records to bring more support to Salad Bars to Schools than ever before. Year four’s starting leg of the race began with the $150,000 goal being surpassed – a first in Tour de Fresh history.While this ride presented many up-hill battles, including the.....

Food bloggers weigh in on the hottest food trends

Full Tilt Marketing recently surveyed 37 food bloggers from across the country to get their perspective on what they view the as the hottest food trends. From what’s in to what’s out – food bloggers weighed in.“When it comes to consumer trends, food bloggers offer a unique perspective,” stated Full Tilt.....

The ALDI Bistro is moving on

With a final concert of the Cologne-based rock band CAT BALLOU, the ALDI Bistro said goodbye to Cologne on the weekend. After about three months at the Mediapark, the new concept will be continued in Munich, starting from early September.The stay in Cologne began just as spectacularly as it ended festively......

Structural data published for organic agriculture in Germany in 2016

Organic farming: "Acreage reaches record-high"

The growth of organic farming in Germany surpassed the average in 2016. The increase of acreage is especially high: In 2016, organic foods were produced on 1,251,320 hectares - an increase of 14.9% compared to the previous year (2015: 1,088,828 hectares). The number of farms producing organically was 27,132,.....

Export markets to taste Australia through massive trade drive

Hort Innovation today launched the biggest ever trade push in Australian horticulture’s history with an ambitious plan to significantly grow exports by 2025, complementing an investment of more than $10.5M into trade activities over the next year.Officially announced by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and.....

UK Fresh Produce Consortium announces new President

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) is delighted to announce that Alan Forrester of Greenyard Fresh UK is the newly elected President. Council directors voted unanimously at a recent council meeting held prior to the Annual General Meeting.Alan is Managing Director of Greenyard Fresh UK and Greenyard Flowers;.....

STK Stockton CEO Guy Elitzur to speak at Chemical Industry Regulations Conference

Guy Elitzur, CEO of STK Stockton will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Chemical Industry Regulations Conference in Nice, France, September 5 – 7, 2017. His presentation, “The 4th ‘P’ of Sustainable Agriculture”, will kick off the Biopesticides Session on September 6.The ‘3 ‘P’s’ for achieving sustainable.....

European fruit processing sector worried over raw material shortage

The European fruit processing sector is very concerned over shortages in this year’s fruit crop due to extreme weather conditions over the past months, including high temperatures or frosts during the blooming period in the months of April and May in several countries.The production of a number of crops is.....

No sign of abating drought places jobs and food security at risk

As the earth tilts towards the sun and winter turns into spring, Ceres Witlof grower Fanie van der Merwe describes the drought in the Op-Die-Berg area of the Koue Bokkeveld region of the Western Cape farming area, as the worst in a hundred years.Although the Witlof is grown hydroponically in water Van der.....

Heavy rains bring relief for South Australian growers

South Australian farmers say the heavy falls recorded across parts of the state over the weekend might be enough to turn their failing seasons around.source: @JamesHeff80There was 10–30mm in the gauges across towns in the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula, with parts of the Lower Eyre Peninsula and the South East.....

Vietnam fruit & veg export value could reach $3B

Vietnam’s vegetables and fruits by mid-July continued to enjoy a rosy export growth, boding well for the export revenue of 3 billion USD for the whole year as forecast.Latest statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs showed that the country pocketed nearly 1.85 billion USD from vegetable and.....

Iraq bans Egyptian fruit & veg exports

Iraq has tightened regulations on imported vegetables and fruits from Egypt to ensure that pesticide and heavy mineral residue remain in accordance with the international standards. Iraq has banned the entry of any and all vegetables and fruits unaccompanied by an official certificate from the Egyptian.....

Wall Street Journal digs into produce trends

What makes produce trend? Wall Street Journal writer Karen Stabiner sought out to answer that question in the newspaper’s latest food trend story, “Forecasting the Next Food Fad: Are ‘Kohlrabi’ and ‘Yacon’ the Next Kale?” published on July 27.The author reached out to Karen Caplan, president and CEO of.....

PMA’s 2017 Foodservice Conference & Expo draws more than 500 diverse buyers

Produce Marketing Association’s 36th annual Foodservice Conference & Expo, July 28-30 in Monterey, Calif., featured engaging education sessions; menu tastings that pleased all manner of foodies; plus, top-notch networking between suppliers and a diverse group of over 500 buyers.The three-day event was.....