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Bonduelle sees increase in sales in Russia
The food embargo and plummeting rouble have increased demand for canned vegetables, leading to a 20-65% growth in sales for the sector’s leaders. French group Bonduelle, specialising in frozen and canned vegetables, were the first to announce a clear increase in sales. In Bonduelle’s report of the first.....


Export EU not less, but value decreased
Russia and Egypt let go of dollar
Russia and Egypt report they will soon let go of the dollar, using the rouble and Egyptian pound to trade instead. Rating agency Moody's lowered the credit rating of districts and companies in Russia. Moscow and St Petersburg were among those being downgraded. In Russia, prices increased because of the.....


Looming potato shortage for Russia
When Putin announced the boycott in the summer of 2014, he knew he could count on a good harvest. Local fruit and vegetables were available in abundance, and the country generally succeeded in finding new suppliers, for instance in China, Turkey, Israel, Morocco and the southern hemisphere. For the coming.....


China invests in export facilities on border
South Africa main citrus supplier to Russia
This weekend, the presidents of France, Ukraine and Russia and the chancellor of Germany agreed to meet on Wednesday in Minsk, to discuss a solution for East Ukraine. The starting point is the ceasefire, which was agreed upon in September last year, but hasn't been observed. The chance of the talks resulting.....


Weak rouble could cost Metro 200 million
Russia postpones lifting sanctions
The Russian phytosanitary service reports postponing plans to lift the sanctions. The service wanted to relax the restrictions on meat and potatoes, but blames the EU for not appreciating this step. The EU denies that there have been talks. The inspection does visit Moldovan apple growers. Afghanistan.....


Serbia and Russia partner against illegal import
EU extends sanctions Russia
The European ministers of Foreign Affairs have reached an agreement on extending the sanctions against Russia. There was some uncertainty on the Greek point of view beforehand, but in the end the Greek minister acceded. The government leaders still need to have their say on the agreement. Moldova, meanwhile,.....


"Junk status Russia unjustified"
Egypt seeks free trade zone with EEU
Egypt is said to be on the verge of signing a free trade agreement with the EEU, the union of former Soviet republics. The ties between Russia and Syria are also being strengthened. According to Russia, the downgrade to junk status is unjustified, with the Russian economy's strengths not being taken into.....


No end to boycott if European sanctions remain
Prices Russia up to +654%
As long as Europe doesn't tone down its sanctions, Russia will maintain its boycott, the Russian government reports. A study in Russian supermarkets in Samara, Central Russia, shows that prices for vegetables have gone up significantly. And if a proposal by the government is voted through, Russia will be a.....


Greek peach growers threaten actions
Partial end boycott on Russian terms
Following a summit meeting between the EU and Russia on trade last week in Berlin, a deal was struck on the end of the boycott. Russia is allowed to determine what products and from what countries export will be allowed again. It is not yet known for what products the borders will open up again. And in case.....


Potato prices Romania significantly lower
Majority of Russians support boycott
The Russian inspection service has once again sent back a shipment of fruit to Belarus. It consisted of 137 tonnes of oranges, mandarins and apples, of which the included documents weren't in order. In Romania, potato prices are 36% lower because of overproduction and the boycott. The Chinese apple export to.....

Russian veto
Spain: 3 million kilos of produce withdrawn by Murcia
Since the Russian market was closed to European products, Murcia has withdrawn a total of 3 million kilos of produce, mainly table grapes, peaches, nectarines and plums, which entailed some 900,000 Euro in aid for the sector.The Region of Murcia showed its support to the withdrawal of produce for charitable.....


Fewer plums in Russia due to boycott
Positive signals EU and Russia on sanctions
From both European and Russian sides, careful signals are being heard about relaxation of the sanctions. Russia is convinced that the sanctions will be lifted, but doesn't mention a time schedule. President Hollande says he's willing to discuss the sanctions, if the talks this week in Kazakhstan about the.....


Russian crisis negative for European ports
Turkish export to Russia decreased
Early this week, the rouble recovered a bit after the rapid fall last month. Its value increased by almost 3% compared to the euro and the dollar. The economic situation in Russia may have consequences for logistical parties and ports in Europe. The port of Hamburg saw the export to Russia go down by 5.9%.....

Russia crisis:
“We all need to do something to compensate for Russia”
Frank Döscher 2nd from left and Björn Wieneke on the right from Elbe-Obst:Exploring new markets in the Middle EastThe import ban from Russia for European fresh produce hits the growers in the European Union pretty hard. Growers of fruit and vegetables are affected. The European countries face considerable.....

Russia stops 200 tonnes of fruit and veg
During the first few days of the New Year, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has stopped more than 200 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. The produce has been returned to Belarus.The "Rosselkhoznadzor" reported that it stopped more than 90 tonnes of Polish and Moldavian.....


Oligarchs profit from boycott
German fruit and vegetable growers have had a couple of tough months. Because of the boycott and a good harvest, the prices decreased and the warehouses are full. At the Russian side of the trade war, prices for fruit and vegetables are expected to increase for the coming months. Additionally, the.....

Market situation unlikely to change in January and February
Russian retail decrease quality standards
RK Marketing/Fruit News Director, Irina Koziy, reports that the consequences of the Russian embargo for the country’s retailers are exactly those that had been predicted. “The product range is smaller than it used to be, and prices are significantly higher. There are products coming from other countries,.....


Iran and Russia close trade agreement
Weak rouble negatively affects India and China
Although the EU imposed new sanctions on Crimea, the tone towards Russia also changed. Several political leaders said that the sanctions could be discussed if the Crimea agreements are observed. These agreements arrange a cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine. In European industry, there have also been calls not to.....


Russians start to stockpile
Moldavian apples for the EU
The European Parliament has voted on a proposal to open the borders for small volumes of Moldavian apples, grapes and plums. The fruit will most likely be set for the Romanian market. The parliament also voted for a cooperation agreement with Georgia, where political and economic ties with the country were.....


Rouble crisis could head to Europe
Although the Russian economy is going down, and the rouble got into a free fall, president Putin was elected 'man of the year' in his country. The poll showed that 68% of Russians would grant him this title. The devaluation of the rouble and the weak economic position has consequences for fresh produce.....


Medvedev: "Russia self-sufficient in the medium term"
Switzerland still suspected of illegal export
Although the oil price continues to go down, the rouble is still decreasing in value compared to the dollar and inflation is on the rise, Putin also remains popular. Putin's popularity even went up in the past six months. Also dwindling rapidly in recent months, are the country's foreign exchange reserves......


Inflation 2015 rising to 10%
Indian grapes to Russia, not to EU
The Russian government is working on stricter rules for foreign parties wanting to purchase farmland. Investors from Turkey and China would be particularly interested in the land, which the government now tries to discourage. For next year, the Kremlin expects price increases of up to 10%. And with the.....


Moscow makes Top 3 in retail market
Russian cucumbers to UAE
Russia has started with the export of cucumbers to the United Arab Emirates. This is a lucrative business according to an exporter. Alongside this, Russia would like to strengthen its economic ties with Zimbabwe. Russia is especially interested in the agricultural products from the African country. Many.....


Rouble in freefall
Russia boycotts Albania
Export from Albania is added to the Russian ban. Russia saw Albania as a possible transit hub for illegal produce from Europe. The documents handed to Russia by Albania reportedly contained traces of fraud, after which Russia closed the border. Russia is facing economically tough times. The rouble is in.....


Russian veto to affect 13% of Spanish exports
The Russian veto enforced since early August will have an impact of 360 million Euro for Spain, which represents approximately 12.8% of the country's total exports in 2013, according to estimates by the Ministry of Economy.The effect on Spanish exports is estimated at 229 million Euro for fruits, vegetables.....


Polish apples to Singapore
Rouble reaches new low
Russia has doubts about Switzerland’s export figures. The Alpine country exported a lot more to Russia since the boycott, which causes Russia to suspect banned products are also being exported. And after tightening inspections of transport to Kazakhstan, Russia sent back 360 tonnes of vegetables from Greece.....

Russia suspects apple trafficking
Due to the large increase in exports from Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Russia suspects that they are side-stepping the embargo on European agri-food and are trafficking agricultural products imported from the EU. Apple and pear exports between January- September 2014 are 100 times higher than the same period in.....


Trucks Lithuania not allowed into Russia
Russians spend 40% household budget on food
Russia has limited transport of products from Belarus with destination Kazakhstan. This trade is only possible through a number of specific checkpoints. According to the Russians, too many shipments are disappearing, ending up on the Russian market. In response to Russia's accusations, Macedonia has launched.....


Italy: Testimonies on impact of Russian ban
One of the main issues everyone talked about at Interpoma 2014 was - what will become of the market without Russia? Is its closure really so hermetic? The answer seems to be split: Russia is "off limits" if you grow or sell apples and "not so much" if you work with others along the chain.Martijn Meeuwse."The.....

Macedonia checking information on re-export of EU products to Russia
The Macedonian Government has instructed the relevant departments to carry out checks and examine the information on the re-export of fruits and vegetables from EU countries to Russia.As reported Wednesday by the Macedonian Minister of Economy, Bekim Neziri, the country's cabinet has ordered the Ministry of.....


Russian region harvests 1.26 million tonnes of vegetables
Greece closes export deal with Saudi Arabia
The Italian apple market is under pressure from the boycott. The biggest problem is not the closed border, but Polish apples flooding the market. Polish growers took to the streets and blocked some main roads in the country. Growers are demanding better compensations. Polish workers in Brussels handed out.....


ABN Amro: cause - crisis in the organization sector
Dutch acreage is not very large and the boycott is not the cause of bad prices
The main reason for the decrease in greenhouse vegetables this year is the surplus in production caused by the good weather in Europe. The Russian boycott is now cited as the straw that broke the camel's back, but the core of the problem lies deeper. At least that is what ABN Amro has concluded in the.....


Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina also suspected of illegal export
Hefty decrease Russian import
Several European countries that fall outside the boycott, are facing possible sanctions. Russia suspects these countries of illegal export of European produce, and has requested clarification regarding increased export volumes. On the other hand, Russia is willing to negotiate with Moldova on lifting the.....


Gap Russian import partly plugged
India flooded with American apples
The first statistics over the months following the boycott show that Russia was not able to completely compensate for the lost European and American products. A number of countries have profited from the boycott, but volume-wise, trade lags behind. The Indian wholesale market at Mumbai is flooded with.....


Tensions between Russia and West rising further
Football player imports mandarins to Donetsk
Yesterday evening, the UN Security Council held an emergency session to discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine. NATO accused the Russians of entering into Eastern Ukraine with troops and military equipment in the past weeks. According to the Russians, these are hollow words and propaganda from.....


Russian economy takes nosedive
Western media had already been reporting that the Russian economy suffers from the imposed sanctions. Lately more and more Russian organizations are also admitting that the economy is going through a rough time. The Russian economy is facing a number of big problems. First of all the capital flight. In.....


Peru is South America's leading supplier of horticultural products for Russia
According to the the Association of Agricultural Producers Guild (Agap), as a result of the strong and sustained demand for Peruvian fruit and vegetables in Russia,Peru is currently considered Russia's main South American supplier of high quality fresh produce.Agap's executive director, Ana Maria Deustua,.....


Greece wants expansion aid package
Russian supermarkets adjust growth forecast upwards
According to LTO, the compensation currently offered by the EU to growers is too low. The compensation covers 10-15% of production costs. In Brussels, Agriculture ministers are talking about expansion of the compensation plan today, at the request of Greece. Greece would like peach and mandarin growers to be.....

Poland: Aid for onion, cabbage and apple producers affected by Russian embargo
Onion, cabbage and apple producers in Poland will receive one-off aid due to the decline in purchase prices caused by the Russian embargo. Support will be given in the form of "de minimis". The Council of Ministers, at the request of the Minister of Agriculture, amended the Regulation on the.....


Lebanon and Turkey profit from boycott
Turkey profits from boycott
Lebanon has started exporting to Russia. The country wants to tap into new markets, now that export destinations in the Middle East are buying less. Turkey saw its export to Russia increase significantly over the first nine months of this year. Nevertheless, Standard&Poor's expects prices in Russia to go.....


Falling rouble slows down banana import
More support for Polish farmers
The Russian economy is going through tough times; inflation increased to 8.3% last month, and the rouble has already lost 26% of its worth compared to the dollar. Media are reporting there are no big consequences for consumers. The banana import is being slowed down due to the lower value of the rouble, with.....


Substantial price fluctuations in Ukraine and Russia
Copa-Cogeca: move unused part of EU support to 2015
Polish apple farmers demonstrated for a better compensation plan. According to the growers, the EU compensation is insufficient. In Ukraine, fruit prices went down by 14.4% on average. The decrease is a result of a stabilization of the Ukrainian currency. In the Russian region of Perm, large price.....


Onion harvest Ukraine forced to start
Russia: “Europe must address illegal export”
The Russians are asking Europe to look into illegal export to Russia. According to the Russian services, no response has come from Europe, despite reports of violations. Small farmers seem unable to benefit from the boycott. In the Rostov region, small companies are seeing that retail is mostly interested in.....


The European Commission will distribute 39 million Euro
Separatists luring voters with cheap vegetables
The European Commission will distribute 39 million Euro among a number of European organizations, to promote sales of agricultural products. To increase turnout for the elections in Eastern Ukraine, vegetables were offered at rock-bottom prices. It is unclear who is behind this action. Auchan is expanding.....


Cabbage harvest Russia partially destroyed by frost
Russia catches smuggler Polish produce
Russian authorities announced having sent back shipments of fresh produce in various locations in the country, because the documents weren’t in order. Bell peppers and eggplants were sent back to Belarus, and pomegranates from Egypt were refused. Most notably, the inspection caught a smuggler. The truck.....


Canada opens borders for Polish apples
Russia intercepts fruit from Netherlands
Russian authorities report having intercepted a shipment of 18 tonnes of fruit from the Netherlands. The country of origin indicated on the fruit reportedly did not match what was on the documents, and the labels were said to have been replaced. Belarusian customs held back 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables.....

EC inspectors to check all Polish compensation requests
On 17 November, the Polish Ministry of Agriculture will receive inspectors from the European Commission, who will check the applications for compensation issued in the framework of the Russian embargo.Controls will last until 21 November. The reason for this measure is the exceptional volume of requests.....


Greenhouse centre Russia put into use
Wider range of vegetables in Russian greenhouse
The European Commission is disbursing 5.3 million euros in compensation to Belgian farmers. The money is to be disbursed in the following weeks. China export more vegetables to Russia. Compared to last year, the volume increased by 45.3%, and the worth by 22.5% to 204,000 MT and 82 million dollars.....


French apples victims of Russian embargo
Effects of the Russian embargo decreed in August are being felt on the apple market. Producers in France’s number one apple production region, the Tarn-et-Garonne, are starting to worry. Claude Rehlinger, President of France’s biggest apple exporter, Blue Whale says that “the 500,000 tons of Polish apples.....


Moscow trades school textbooks and medication for fresh produce
British government forgoes compensation
Great Britain is the only EU country not to claim compensation for 3,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. All member states can get compensation for the removal from the market of 3,000 tonnes of produce. This way, the EU also wants to remedy the indirect consequences. The British government is forgoing this.....


Russia: Responsible for food adulteration executives to be proclaimed
Ministry of Agriculture of Russia intends to proclaim the names of company executives who have been caught red-handed in adulteration of food products, - has said the Minister of Agriculture of Russia, Nikolay Fedorov.Fedorov supports the initiative of Vladimir Pozner, the journalist who has suggested the.....

Meeting to discuss fruit and vegetable price decrease in France
Three Ministers met on the 23rd October in Bercy to discuss with producers and retailers the threatening price decreases in the fruit and vegetable sector. All fruits and vegetables are effected by the decreasing prices. In 2014 the decrease reached 20% for salads, 11% for carrots and 4% for potatoes. The.....


Ukraine harvests 7% more vegetables
Not all Russians fear price increases this winter
The concerns about price increases in the winter months due to insufficient storage capacity in Russia, are not shared by everyone. The government of the Omsk region is not expecting problems, there's even said to be enough to supply to other regions as well. German retailer Metro wants to open additional.....


French apple sector concerned about market situation
EU extends free trade agreement Ukraine
The EU is extending its free trade agreement with Ukraine until the end of 2015. This is a unilateral agreement, established after Russia imposed sanctions on Ukraine in April. The agreement lowers import duties, and gives many agricultural products free access to the European market. The French apple sector.....


'Wholesale market' Moscow shut down for lack of cooling
Poland withdraws half of claims
The EU member states had until yesterday to check the compensation requests under the first plan. The compensation was halted after three weeks, because 'dubious claims' were coming in. Poland was blamed for these dubious claims, now it turns out that the country withdrew half of its claims. Ukraine.....


Morocco signs agreement citrus export
EU suspected of export Russia through Ukraine
Russia is expanding the sanctions. Following suspicions of European re-export through Ukraine, Russia is closing its borders. Kiev did not respond to the Russian request to explain the increased export volumes, after which the borders were closed. The boycott also goes for re-export. Sanctions against Europe.....


Turkish export Russia +30%
Russia sets up domestic food aid programme
In the first nine months of this year, Turkey exported 30% more fruit and vegetables to Russia. That means Russia has a share of 53% in Turkish export. Moroccan exporters are more cautious. Although the country is looking to increase export to Russia, exporters also fear a repetition of last year’s events,.....


Russia invests in storage
Polish apple growers welcome in Kaliningrad
Time and again, reports on agriculture investments in Russia talk about the lack of storage facilities to get through the winter months. Where a lot of money is invested in new cultivation projects on the one hand, storage is a particular problem. Regions that can, in principle, be self-sufficient, are.....


Ukraine asks EU to increase export quotas
Russia closes borders to Belarusian export
Russia closes its borders to products from Belarus on October 20. In the past months, the Russian inspection service intercepted 82 shipments that didn’t meet import requirements. Following warnings, the border is now closing. Ukraine is also being threatened with expansion of the boycott. Russia suspects.....


Insufficient apple supply in Russia
Russia stopped a shipment of Vietnamese cashews having entered Russia through Estonia. The country of origin wasn’t a matter for discussion this time, but a label was missing on the pallets. After thorough inspection of the pallets, the shipment of nuts was finally allowed into Russia. Russian producer.....


"Russia self-sufficient in 5 years"
Morocco halves citrus export Russia
The phytosanitary service has sent back a shipment of pears, because the documents did not match the product. According to the papers, the country of origin was Argentina, according to the label Chile. The shipment was re-export from a German company. And Russia remains optimistic about self-sufficiency......


Growers Lithuania refuse EU compensation
Dutch exporters smuggle through Turkey
Russia accuses Poland of illegal re-export, so it closed its borders last week for all products from Poland. The Eastern European country is reported to transport Polish produce under a false label as re-export to Russia. Traders from other countries are also reportedly using smuggling routes. The.....

Coexphal assumes Russian veto crisis will especially affect next season
Almeria's Association of Fruit and Vegetables Organizations (COEXPHAL) held its Ordinary General Assembly in El Ejido, in which they presented the annual report of activities during the 2013/2014 campaign and the association's financial statements, which were approved. They analysed the campaign results,.....

Polish growers demonstrate against situation caused by the embargo
The Fruit Growers Association of the Republic of Poland will demonstrate today, 14 October, to protest against the difficult situation caused by the Russian embargo, as most agro-food exports to this market were worth nearly 1.3 billion Euro.In addition to their financial problems, Polish growers feel they.....