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EC to promote European foods in new markets

The European Commission (EC) has launched a campaign to promote European agro-food products in new markets, especially in countries with "growth potential", such as Canada, Japan, China, Mexico or Colombia. 169 million Euro will be allocated to the initiative.This is a call for producer organizations and.....

The Netherlands shows interest in Colombia's Cauca Valley

The Cauca Valley’s agro-industrial vocation and the opportunities offered by the Port of Buenaventura to develop logistics projects are two of the many reasons why the Netherlands has set its sights on the region.The agro-industrial sector is of such relevance that a report of the Chamber of Commerce of Cali.....

China: Yiguo.com plans IPO next year

According to Bloomberg experts, Chinese fresh food e-commerce platform yiguo.com is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States next year. Yiguo.com wants to raise about 500 million U.S. dollars. The plan is in development, so the specific details such as the size of funding may change. It.....

Swiss supermarkets prefer the better protected pre-packed tomatoes

“Waste of unpackaged tomatoes too high”

During the last weeks, the import of Spanish vegetables has continued to increase. After the cold December weather, in important agricultural regions such as Almería and Murcia, the quantity of popular vegetables, such as sweet peppers, cucumbers, and of course tomatoes, has increased to a satisfactory level......

Upcoming meetings of Spanish-French-Italian tomato and strawberry contact groups

The Spanish-French-Italian tomato and strawberry contact groups will meet next February in Spain to analyse the results of the 2017 campaigns and the forecasts for this year, among other issues.The contact groups are made up of representatives of the producers and the administrations of France, Spain and Italy.....

New supermarket quality assurance scheme

Frustrated Australian growers threaten a boycott

With the implementation of the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS), a streamlined process for selling to multiple supermarket retailers should have been realised.In fact, the process has been anything but harmonious; small to medium-sized family farming operations are reporting they have been.....

Taiwan continues strong support for agricultural sector in St. Kitts and Nevis

Once again the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) pledged its support to the agricultural industry in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, handing over of the Vegetable, Fruit and Upland Crop Quality and Safety Improvement Project Facility and a cheque to the tune of US$ 241,000 for the Eco-Park.....

Vietnam:

Special preferential import tax policies: taking effect from 2018

The Vietnamese government has just issued ten decrees to implement Vietnam’s special preferential import tax commitments made in its Free Trade Agreements with various partners.There are some outstanding features in the 2018 special preferential import tax. The decrees outline the special preferential import.....

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.....