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Promotion of European agro-food products in the UAE

The European Commission organized a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates from February 16 to 19, headed by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. The objective was to…

Istanbul: 2,894 tons of vegetables sold at special sales points

According to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, more than 2,894 tons of vegetables were sold at the 50 municipal direct sale points that opened in Istanbul's 34 districts on February 11. Eight different types of vegetables are sold at affordable prices at 50 municipal direct sale points, established with the…

'Ugly produce' might be losing its appeal in the US

Is the ‘ugly’ produce trend already nearing the end? Walmart and Whole Foods in recent years tried selling some blemished fruits and vegetables at a discount, produce they…

Prof. David Zilberman - University of California, Berkeley

"No genetic engineering means people die"

"One day, when my son brought his new date to our home. I heard him tell her: 'I made a salad for you. It's organic!,'" relates Prof. David Zilberman. "I understood that what he meant…

Namibia: Temporary ban on vegetable imports

Because of an abundance of local vegetables, the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) has banned the importation of certain vegetables until the end of February 2019. In a public announcement issued on…

China & US start new round of trade talks in Washington

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin co-chair the formal opening of a fresh round of high-level economic and trade talks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb.…

Pushing the boundaries of creativity in fresh produce

These days image is everything in the fresh produce industry, as consumers become more brand conscious and aware of what they are eating and where the product comes from, not to mention how sustainable it is. Specialists agree that the brand stories and images conveyed on the packaging are of paramount…

Study

Promoting experiences rather than health benefits to improve fruit and veg consumption

According to a study carried out by Sentient Decision Science for the Produce Marketing Association, promoting experiences; that is, the connections that people have with…

BLE Market Report KW 07/19:

Sweet peppers: Spain dominated, bypassing Turkey and Morocco

Spain dominated the sweet pepper market, more so than Turkey and Morocco. The offerings coming in from Moroccan were the cheapest, but they were missing completely in Cologne and Berlin. In the city of Munich they usually went straight into food retail. In Cologne, meanwhile, red Turkish varieties were…

India & Argentina sign Memorandum of Understanding

On February 18, after extensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of the Argentine Republic, Mauricio Macri, India and Argentina released a Joint Statement. President Mauricio Macri is in India at the invitation of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of the celebrations of the…

Export Saint Lucia assists young entrepreneur entering UK market

In the export of agricultural products from Saint Lucia there is still room for innovation and growth. Recently, Mangal Trading, spearheaded by entrepreneur Nila Mangal,…

Philip van Geest, Van Geest International:

"I still can't imagine Brexit causing a heap of trouble for fruit and veg exports"

On 29 March, the Brits will officially leave the European Union. Working groups, meetings, and lobbies aside, Philip van Geest is not too concerned yet. Van Geest is a Dutch…

Price of Turkish peppers and tomatoes cut by half

The Turkish government has launched a project to sell cheaper fruit and vegetables directly from municipalities to consumers. As a result, prices have fallen by half, reports the local newspaper Yeni Safak, cited by BTA. The aim of the measure is to fight food speculation in the country. The Turkish…

India strikes back at Pakistan over Pulwama attack

In protest against last week’s terrorist attack on its paramilitary soldiers, for which it blames Islamabad, New Delhi has raised duties on major Pakistani products. Around 300 trucks carrying cement, one of Pakistan’s major exports to India, were stuck at the Wagah border after duties were suddenly increased 200%. This…

Fruit export value may reach milestone of 1 billion USD

Brazil will emphasize conquest of Chinese market this year

According to an article on br-cn.com, Luiz Roberto Barcelos, chairman of Abrafrutas (Brazilian Fruit Export Association), stated that 2019 could be the year that the value of…

Mexico: Progress in the protocols to export products from Jalisco to China

The National Agricultural Food Health, Safety, and Quality Service (Senasica) stated that there had been progress made in the phytosanitary protocols to export avocados, pecan…

With chaotic Brexit looming, UK supermarkets battle to secure stocks

According to food industry officials, if the UK leaves the European Union next month without agreeing on trade terms, Britons could face shortages of fresh food, price rises and less variety. With no deal in sight as Britain’s March 29 exit date approaches, supermarkets are stockpiling, working on alternative supplies and…

Agricultural trade and market access

Food Security in Africa

Agri-food markets in Africa are not well integrated at the local, regional an international levels. Trade barriers are hampering both exports and imports as well as the value chain development. Trade via better market access has the potential to create income and welfare, while improving the food security situation, i.e.…

Aftermath of Pulwama attack: Madhya Pradesh tomato farmers won't export produce to Pakistan

Just days after 40 personnel from the Indian Central Reserve Police Force lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack, tomato farmers in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh have decided not to export their produce to Pakistan anymore. The decision was taken by the farming community in order to mark their protest against…

Europe: More consumers want local produce

A new trend is clearly emerging: European consumers like to buy local products and want big companies to offer more. This is shown by a study carried out in 17 countries by…

Iran: Exports to Russia up 36 percent in 2018

As reported by Eghtesadonline this Sunday, Iran exported US$533 million worth of commodities to Russia in 2018. This is a growth of 36 percent in Iran's exports to the northern neighbour, compared to the year before. Iran's exports mainly included pistachio, raisins, dates, apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, fish, shrimp,…

'With the right products, right audiences, right messages’

Outlook for US fresh retail sector looks bright

John Toaspern, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Potatoes USA assumed the new position of Chief Marketing Officer at the National Potato Promotion Board in July, 2014. As the Chief Marketing Officer John oversees both the international and domestic marketing programs at Potatoes USA as well as the…

EU imported 3% more fruit and veg from third countries

The EU's fruit and vegetable imports from third countries grew by 3%, totaling 9,322 million Euro. Of that figure, 7,745 million Euro corresponded to fruits and 1,576 million…

"Spanish lots dominated both round tomatoes, flesh tomatoes and cherry tomatoes"

Tomatoes Spanish batches dominated with regard to round tomatoes, flesh tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Only in the case of cherry tomatoes did Italy surpass Spain a little bit. Morocco, the Netherlands, Turkey and Belgium also participated in the business. The first Greek products opened the Greek season…

Annual Report DFHV: Record sales of the previous year 2018 held

According to preliminary data, sales of fresh fruit and vegetables (excluding potatoes) in the German retail trade in 2018 will be exactly the same as in the previous year. In…

Bulgaria: Significant increase of walnut production in the last 10 years

In the period 2007 to mid-2017 the acreage planted with orchards in Bulgaria increased threefold to 678,207 acres. This is shown by the latest data on the structure of the…

Egypt: Daltex begins reclamation & cultivation of 8,500 hectares to increase exports

The Daltex Corporation has begun a plan to reclaim and develop 8,500 hectares in the New Valley governorate earlier this year. Hesham El-Naggar, managing director of Daltex,…

Brand protection is key in agricultural industry

A brand is the most important intangible resource in any industry, and the agricultural industry is no different. Brand protection helps to consolidate market share in the middle of fierce competition. It is of vital importance to improve brand value. Any company that wishes to establish a strong brand…

Securing new access to Chinese table grapes market

Portugal strengthens bilateral cooperation with China

Portugal and China have sealed their commitment to strengthen cooperation with 17 bilateral agreements in areas such as economy, trade, science or culture. One of the agreements signed was…

"Change is here"

United Fresh 2019 registration now open

Registration has opened for United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo, June 10-12, in the North Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, attendees and exhibitors will…

Guam: Shipping delays lead to empty shelves

On the island of Guam, Pay-Less Supermarket's Mike Benito said a week-long shipping delay led to a shortage of perishable goods and veggies: "We're just getting those containers this week so they did their best to try to air freight as much of that product as possible but its kind of difficult to make up…

Newfoundland storms

Canadian grocers have few options when it comes to storm-delayed produce

Ensuring fresh produce is available for their customers is an ongoing challenge for every grocery store. They don’t need stormy weather, like the three days of high winds and…

Spain: Andalusia breaks new horticultural export record

Andalusia, Spain's leading horticultural exporter, has broken an all-time record by reaching 4,844 million Euro between January and November, which represents an increase of…

Florencio García, of Kantar Worldpanel

"Spanish consumers are willing to pay more for unique products"

The Consumer Goods sector grew by 0.7% in terms of value in 2018, according to the report "Balance of Retail and Consumer Goods 2018", presented by the leading consumer panel consultant Kantar Worldpanel. In terms of volume, the market has fallen by 1.1%, weighed down by a slowdown in population growth…

Turkey: vegetables at half price to fight inflation

In Istanbul, dozens of people queued for hours to buy fruits and vegetables at half price. With this initiative from the Turkish government, the authorities opened their…

Erdoğan may expand cheap vegetable sales scheme nationwide

Following next month’s local elections, the Turkish government could expand a scheme to sell cheap vegetables in Istanbul and Ankara across the country, said President Erdoğan on Wednesday. Turkish authorities this week opened their own markets in İstanbul and Ankara to sell affordable vegetables and fruits to consumers…

South African food now more expensive than UK food

South Africa’s cost of living has risen sharply over the last ten years. Increases in VAT, petrol prices and higher electricity bills are hitting consumers hard. Inflation rates have spiralled, with the rising cost of food being one of the main driving factors. Food prices have risen so dramatically, it could be…

AU: North Queensland banana growers lucky to only suffer minimal flood impacts

Recent flooding across the north may affect the look of some banana stocks reaching supermarket shelves, however shoppers are being assured, the fruit inside still has the same great taste. Australian Banana Growers’ Council Chair Stephen Lowe said continuing wet weather in the coastal growing areas may mean that…

India: All eyes on Srinagar-Jammu highway as empty markets await supplies

Now the Srinagar-Jammu highway has re-opened for traffic on Tuesday after almost eight days of continuous closure, markets in Kashmir are anxiously waiting for supplies to…

Philippine Statistics Authority

Philippines: Fruit output higher in fourth quarter

On Wednesday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) brought out numbers on agricultural and horticultural achievements in the fourth quarter of 2018. Banana, mango and pineapple production rose…

Botswana government advises populace to consume more fruits and vegetables

Botswana has a population of approximately two million people, and as a nation has 1,600 new cancer patients per year. Despite universal access to free health care, documents from the Botswana Cancer Association show that breast and cervical cancer are the most common forms of cancer for women in…

New produce to plate on Valentine’s Day

When it comes to produce that takes the spotlight on Valentine’s Day, there are the usual reddish suspects—think watermelon radishes, beets and of course… strawberries. But, thanks to increasing domestic availability and the influence of the high-end restaurant scene, there are more and more unique items being featured…

Fresh produce exports earn Kenya Ksh153 billion in 2018

In 2018, Kenya’s earnings from fresh produce exports soared to Ksh 153.68 billion (€1.53 billion), a 33 percent increase over the 2017 earnings. This is according to statistics released by the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) and Fresh Produce Consortium of…

Spain: New line of premium "Ready to prepare Bouquet" vegetables

The "Bouquet para preparar" ("Ready to prepare Bouquet") line consists of trays with the necessary vegetables for the preparation of creams, soups, vegetable dishes, salads or smoothies. At present, Anecoop has most of its production for this line in the Region of Valencia, where it will continue to…

G’s Fresh Group presents new snacks of its Love Fresh brand

British company G's Fresh Group took advantage of its presence at the international Fruit Logistica trade show, held in Berlin between the 6th and 8th of February, to present to professionals of the industry its next range to be released into the European markets. Launching under the new Love Fresh® brand, the G's…

Cambodian treatment facility approved for export to South Korea

The Hyundai-owned fruit treatment facility in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province said the company is ready to export mangoes to South Korea following fruit treatment…

Philippine companies eye agriculture exports to Singapore

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said technical teams from Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority just started a 10-day on-site inspection of vegetables, fruits,…

Morocco does not cover its needs for organic products

Faced with the growing foreign demand for organic products, the Moroccan Export Association wishes to set up a PPP structure. A meeting was organized recently by ASMEX with…

Southampton University – funded by National Institute for Health Research

Study will test if a healthier supermarket layout improves diet

Researchers are leading a new study on the impact of product placement in supermarkets, and whether this influences the diets of families. A research team at Southampton University is working…

Turkey: Storm might further increase vegetable prices

Erkan Tosun, Vice President of Antalya Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Association said that heavy rains and storms in the city caused a lower production and a lower quality in fruits and vegetables. Tosun stated that the weather conditions in Antalya may further increase vegetable prices. Tosun emphasized that farmers spent more for…

BLE Market Report KW 05/19:

"Italian shipments continue to shape the German pear market in a monopolistic way"

Italian shipments continued to dominate the German pear market in a monopolistic way. The amounts of Abate Fetel and Santa Maria shrank. The supply of the two Williams Christs did not change significantly. Domestic Alexander Lucas in 60/70 and 70/80 mm as well as Dutch Conference, Gellert or Alexander…

Americans and Canadians over the moon about Fruit Logistica Berlin

This year, about 78,000 people attended the world’s largest trade show for fresh produce. Altogether, exhibitors and trade show visitors represented 130 countries, making for a truly global event. North America’s presence at Fruit Logistica is increasing as many involved in fresh produce know what this…

But inflation still hurts the common man

Turkish food fight: Fines & raids

Turkey has found that fighting words alone aren’t enough to deter the people it blames for runaway food inflation. After weeks of bashing those marketers they are calling price-gougers, traitors and even terrorists, president Erdogan’s AK Party is backing up threats with deeds. Fines are on the way after raids of…

Alanar Fruit (Subsidiary of Tekfen Agri) announce their partnership with a Peruvian grower during Fruit Logistica/Berlin

“We will be the first company to supply high quality figs year round”

During the Fruit Logistica trade fair in Berlin, Turkish exporter Alanar announced a partnership with a Peruvian grower. This partnership should result in Alanar being able to supply the world with figs all year round, something no other fig exporter has been able to do until now. Alanar is a Turkish fresh fruit exporting…

Down 8% versus 2017

Russian port of Tuapse handles 13 million tons of cargo in 2018

The Russian Black Sea port Tuapse Sea Commercial Port (TSCP Group - UCL Holding) handled 13.04 million tons of cargo in 2018, down 8% versus the result of 2017 mostly due to…

Unifying brands and logos of different operators

French fruit and veg sector adopts an environmental certification system

France's fruit and vegetable sector has begun to adhere to the HVE (High Environmental Value) environmental certification system for agricultural holdings created by the…

Alternatives to large retailers are developing

General awareness of consumption and nutrition is growing: eating healthier, consuming more responsibly, or promoting the short chain as a way out of the agricultural crisis.…

Sudan officially lifts ban on importing Egyptian commodities

On Wednesday, the Sudanese authorities announced the official lifting of the ban on Egyptian commodities. "Any person who has a trade registry can import commodities and goods from Egypt," Abdul-Rahman Agab Ahmed, under-secretary of Sudan's Ministry of Industry and Trade, was quoted as saying. The import and export…

To enhance access to China, South Korea, Japan, India, the USA and Europe

Uzbekistan: President discusses increasing exports

On 6 February, a video-conference meeting was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, dedicated to the most important tasks of increasing exports in industries and regions. Export is an important factor in the stability of the Uzbek economy. A sharp increase in…

Japan food exports mark record in 2018

In 2018, Japanese food exports -including farm and marine products- hit a record, as the world's taste for the country's cuisine continues to grow. Figures from the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry show exports amounted to about 8.3 billion dollars last year. That's up 12 percent in yen terms…

Turkey: Antalya exported 396 million Euro worth of fresh produce

Hakki Bahar, president of Western Mediterranean Exporters' Association (BAIB) stated that Antalya exported 449 million USD (396 million Euro) worth of fresh fruits and…

US: Mexican tomatoes anti-dumping investigation

The Commerce Department has indicated the United States will withdraw from a previous agreement with Mexico and resume an anti-dumping investigation into imports of Mexican fresh tomatoes. The measure is supported by the American Farm Bureau. “The renewed anti-dumping investigation against Mexican fresh tomato imports…

Egypt’s agricultural exports face challenges and tough competition

According to the Head of Egypt’s Agricultural Export Council, Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, Egyptian agricultural exports face various challenges, such as with the limited…

At Minimum Support Price

Kerala will buy produce from north Indian farmers

Widespread protests by farmers have been seen in the recent days across many states in the country. And the Left government in Kerala is all geared up to latch onto this…

Spain: Organic farmers would be less affected by a crisis than conventional producers

Ecological producers would suffer less than conventional farmers if there were a crisis, stated the general deputy director of Differentiated Quality and Ecological Production of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Javier Mate. For example, in the dairy sector the people that opted for organic production have…

Specialty crops help support rural communities

Specialty crops can be looked at as a kind of glue helping hold rural Wisconsin together—with $5.8 billion in economic activity and 25,000 jobs. The raw fruit and vegetable products generated by Wisconsin’s specialty crop industry are worth about $700 million each year. Jed Colquhoun, a UW-Madison professor in horticulture,…

Farm-to-table fresh produce

AR Systems develops ‘Micro Store’

California's Corona-based A R Systems is rolling out the FreshFirst automated kiosk that delivers consumers immediate access to a variety of farm-fresh salads and produce. The company said growers, restaurateurs, vending operators and entrepreneurs can use the kiosk to sell farm-to-table foods directly to consumers…

Fruit & Veg sector in Vietnam targets $ 4.2 billion in export turnover in 2019

Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable sector aims to gross nearly US$ 4.2 billion in export turnover this year, says the Department of Crop Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. To realise the goal, the sector will expand the fruit area to 1 million hectare and develop five main fruits in southern…

And to cut imports from Western Europe

Polish farmers want to resume trade with Russia

On Wednesday, several thousand farmers from different Polish regions held a rally outside the presidential palace in Warsaw, demanding that the government resume trade with Russia and limit imports of food products from Western Europe. Farmers demanded repayment of various compensations, control over the imports of…

China: Sufficient supplies in the national Spring Festival market

The Ministry of Commerce said on February 1st, that the national market is adequately supplied, the price is stable, and both supply and demand are booming. According to…

Peru: Agro exports break records

Peruvian agro-exports -which represent 12% of total shipments- reached US$5.86 billion in 2018, setting a historical record, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Edgar Vasquez stated on Monday. Some 68 products totaled more than US$10 million, the most representative ones in addition to blueberries and avocados, chestnuts (+39%), bananas (+13%),…

Data on the export of Panamanian products to the Netherlands

Jose Anibal Rincion, from the Agricultural-Business Aggregate of Panama in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), gave Radio Panama a preview of the export work undertaken by Panamanian…

Zimstat statistics:

Zimbabwean horticulture exports rising

Zimbabwe’s horticultural exports recorded a significant growth in 2018, after more than $112 million worth of produce was exported, up from $50,9 million exported in 2017. According to statistics provided by ZimTrade, the jump in horticulture exports was driven in part by the supply of produce that Zimbabwe was not…

Despite uncertain business environment:

Freshfel urges the fruit and vegetable sector to continue to stimulate consumption

Despite high uncertainty in the fruit and vegetable business environment, Freshfel Europe urges the sector to continue to stimulate consumption for the benefit of European…

VitaSafe GmbH: "Cooperation with packaging manufacturers to ensure environmental friendliness"

Multiple challenges for today's Fresh Cut industry

Interest in convenience and fresh cut items is booming in Germany. More and more retailers are adding ready-to-eat fresh produce to their product range, offering their customers an abundant selection of easy-to-use and attractively packaged food. Parallel to the steady rise of the To Go offer, however,…

Delicate products will no longer wait at the Russian customs longer than 12 hours

Russia offers Turkey a faster way through customs

An important obstacle for Russia regarding fruits and vegetables imports has been overcome. As of this year, problems such as pesticide remnants and insect infestation will no…

Just under 4,000 hectares of acreage affected by current trade stop

Austria: Domestic frozen vegetables in danger?

The Lower Austrian Chamber of Agriculture and producer organization Frozen Vegetables ETG are raising the alarm. Since frozen vegetables' sales have been falling for years,…

Region of Murcia

Spain: Up to 30% of grape and stone fruit exports threatened by Brexit

The fruit sector of the Region of Murcia, especially stone fruit producers in Cieza and grape exporters, is facing quite an uncertain situation due to the upcoming Brexit, as…

Freezing temperatures in US kept produce demand down

It certainly was very cold last week in the US with the Polar Vortex bringing freezing cold temperatures into central parts of the country. States such as Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and the Dakotas experienced temperatures approaching -40 degrees Celsius, with wind chills even lower. For produce…

Deputy Agriculture Minister Olga Trofimtseva:

“Agribusiness drives development technologies in Ukraine”

Once Ukraine was regarded as the breadbasket of Europe. Now, the nation is ready to be the ‘supermarket of the world’ as processed and high-end product manufacturing is…

Peru estimates agricultural exports will reach $8 bln

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), Gustavo Mostajo, said that the sector's goal for this year was to make agricultural exports for $ 8,000 million to the main markets in the world. During the Competitiveness and Productivity towards a Modern and Inclusive Peru Forum, he said that his portfolio was…

South Korean import of food products from China worth 4.8 billion in 2018

The South Korean Food and Medicine Safety Office announced that South Korean import of food products from China reached a value of 4.77 billion USD in 2018. The most popular…

Supermarkets charter planes and barges to get fruit and veg to flood victims

A barge filled with 300 tonnes of groceries is expected to arrive in Townsville on Thursday to refill stripped shelves at Woolworth stores. Meanwhile, a Coles spokesman said a…

AU: North Queensland farmers keep their eyes on the skies with the chance of major flooding

Some North Queensland farmers are nervously watching the weather over the next few days, and praying the rain eases, with the threat of flooding hanging over their heads. Leon Collins grows bananas in the Tully Valley, 210 kilometres north by road from the city of Townsville, which has been inundated by flood waters…

USDA Gain Report

El Salvador still relies strongly on food imports

The Salvadoran retail sector is growing, and increasingly offering innovative and affordable products for consumers. However, challenges and delays in registering processed products has a negative effect on the amount of different products that are imported. Moreover, as local production of foods has decreased, El Salvador…

BLE Market Report KW 4/2019:

Apple market: German market dominated by Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop

Germany continued to dominate the domestic apple trade with Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop. Italy mainly contributed Granny Smith and Golden Delicious to the range. France…

At Hofer, Austrian tomatoes are now in season permanently

Regional vegetables despite freezing temperatures

For Austrian consumers, regional products are important when selecting food products. Naturally, in winter, the share of regional products on the vegetable shelves is smaller than in the warm months. However, the demand for local vegetables is still high in the colder season. For this reason, the…

China: 20% price increase in Shanghai Fruit Market as Spring Festival approaches

Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] arrives in less than a week. Fruit is a common gift among Chinese during the last weeks of the lunar calendar. This seasonal…

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je:

"Fruit & vegetable prices in Taiwan will not fall after the holidays"

Wednesday, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said -after his first meeting with new Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co general manager Weng Chen-hsin that unlike last year, fruit…

Growers in southern Spain:

“Cherry tomatoes could cost 10% more 'within a week of Brexit'”

The cost of cherry tomatoes could increase by more than 10% if there is a no deal Brexit, say growers in southern Spain. On a site near Alicante, 60 million kilograms of cherry tomatoes are grown, picked and shipped every year and a third of them are bound for the UK. But growers are worried that a no…

AU: Victorian horticulture growers to be surveyed on labour challenges

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Horticulture Group will be visiting the Sunraysia irrigation district next week to survey growers on labour challenges in Australia’s…

'Torgservis' Group creates foothold on German soil

Russian discounter opens first branch in Leipzig, named 'Mere'

Sporting the slogan "Only Lowest Prices Everyday", the first branch of Russian grocery retailer Torgservis, name "Mere", opened in a former Aldi market in Leipzig. Against…

Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch

EU-Morocco deal to liberalize trade

According to Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch, that the negotiations between Morocco and the EU included talks on protecting “solidarity farming” to improve…

Turkey: Trabzon exports fresh produce to 27 countries

Saffet Kalyoncu, head of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters' Association (DKİB), reported that Trabzon, exported 294 thousand 884 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables to 27 countries in return for 179 million 46 thousand 128 USD (around 149 million Euro). Kalyoncu, in his written statement emphasized that the northern city…

FOOD freshly® sets new standards at Fruit Logistica

Sulfur-free products for shelf life extension in the convenience sector

In Europe in particular, the market for pre-cut fruits is growing every year in the double-digit percentage range. Since 1994, FOOD freshly® specializes in the extension of the shelf life of convenience fruit and vegetables. A classic example is the discolouration of apples, pears, lettuce and…

“Local product”: the growing appeal of a complex identification

In an interview with Freshplaza, Hugues Decrombecque, director of IDfel (Development Initiative for the fruits and vegetables of the Loire Valley), explains that the concept is increasingly present in the mind of the consumers. “We observe a growing attention to local products by the consumers, and thus…

Turkey: Government intends to keep track of vegetable prices

The Trade Ministry has asked the governors of its 81 provinces to keep a close eye on the movements in the prices of vegetables and fruits as the government is increasingly growing uneasy over what it describes as “excessive prices.” The Ministry requested local officials to regularly visit supermarkets, street markets,…

Officials are looking at other Indian states

Maharashtra wants agri co-op revival

At six major cities across India, the Cooperation Department of the Maharashtra government has appointed managers to enhance agribusiness between cooperatives in Maharashtra…

Australia: Drought to push up fruit and vegetable prices

9News reporter Shannon Marshall McCormack is in Queensland's Lockyer Valley, where 80% of winter fruit and veg for Australia is produced. The long and short of it is that if…

Justin Leonard - Jackie Leonard & Sons

“If it is a hard Brexit things will just come to a standstill"

The fresh produce trade is very slow in Dublin this week according to Justin Leonard from Jackie Leonard & Sons. “Trade is poor, the weather is very cold and everyone is…

A hard Brexit would cause 12,400 deaths

UK: Supermarkets and fast food chains fear a rise in prices due to the Brexit

The main supermarkets in the United Kingdom and fast food chains such as KFC and McDonald's warned on Monday that a drastic departure from the European Union (EU) on March 29 would cause a shortage of food and an increase in prices. In a letter to deputies in the House of Commons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda, Marks…

France: decline in the agro-food surplus

In November, the French agro-food trade surplus was at 735 million euros [839.70 million USD], due to lower exports than imports. This concerns processed and raw products,…

Romania’s fruit and veg imports in first 10 months of 2018

In the first 10 months of 2018, Romania imported vegetables and fruit worth 1.14 billion Euro, while the value of exports amounted to 192.6 million Euro, according to data compiled by the National Institute of Statistics. During the aforementioned period, the value of exports dropped by 7.3%, while in the case of…

Bulgarian fresh produce exports grew in 2018

From January to October 2018, Bulgaria exported 46,000 tons of fresh vegetables and 43,400 tons of fresh fruit. This is 41.8% and 39.9% more, respectively, than in 2017, according to the latest operational analysis of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The biggest contribution to the growth…

Shouguang

China: Production resumes in major vegetable supplier region

This Tuesday, the local agricultural department has stated that China's major vegetable producer, Shouguang city, has resumed production after last summer's typhoon, Rumbia. Among 106,700 greenhouses flooded by the typhoon in Shouguang, over 94 percent have been restored, and the remaining 5,981…

Looking for additional trade worth $1.5 billion

India keen to triple exports to Argentina

India wants to triple exports to Argentina, eyeing an additional $1.5 billion worth of shipments. The Asian nation and is seeking market access for apparel, textiles, folding…

Turkey: Supermarkets to take some vegetables off shelves

In the face of skyrocketing prices, some Turkish supermarket chains have decided to stop selling certain vegetables. Their sole goal is to avoid confrontation with the…

France to see Chowbotics salad robots

Chowbotics and Bonduelle have come together to form the brand ‘Cabaletta’ for deployment in Europe. This means that 'Sally the fresh food robot' is set to make her European debut. After the robot was rigorously tested and endorsed last November, Bonduelle made a commitment to deploying several robots at their food…

AU: Grants to help expand WA value-added products into Asia

Eleven Western Australian agribusinesses will share in $408,000 in the third round of the McGowan Government's Grants for Asian Market Export, designed to stimulate new export…

Mango, maize and chili crops struck

Indian state of Telangana: Extensive damage from unseasonal rainfall

Unseasonal rainfall in different parts of integrated Karimnagar district of Telangana on 26th and 27th January has caused widespread damages to various standing crops resulting in huge loss to the farmers. Despite the fact that the showers had bought some relief to the farmers who had cultivated paddy, it crushed…

How old are the ‘fresh’ fruits and vegetables we eat?

Discovering the best fresh produce at your local grocery store or market is always a win, especially when you’re looking to cook up an appetising feast when family or friends…

Quebec: QPMA responds to the new Canadian Food Guide

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association (QPMA) is pleased with the recommendations from the new Canadian Food Guide, which encourages the consumption of fruits and vegetables…

Developments in Polish vegetable and fruit production

Whereas the Polish fresh fruit and vegetable market developed well in 2017, the estimates for the harvest of 2018 show some interesting developments. For different reasons, both the vegetable and fruit market faced a difficult year in 2018. The vegetable market saw a decrease in harvests due to drought,…

Blockade at French border announced

Spain: "New threat for fruit and veg exports by road"

A new threat looms over the export of fruit and vegetables by road, following the announcement made by the taxi drivers of Barcelona and the French "yellow vests" that the border will be blocked from both sides in La Junquera, as reported by the International Association of Road Transport (Astic) in a…

Some $2.6 billion is at stake

Saudi Arabia and UAE may cut Indian agri imports

While the Indian government is emphasising the need for increasing agriculture exports, there is a threat of the $2.6-billion Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE)…

India: 2000 trucks stranded on Jammu-Srinagar highway

Last Friday, the Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the fifth consecutive day. Goods Transport Companies Association president M.S. Ronga told the Greater Kashmir that almost 2000…

Spain imported over 3 million tons of fruit and veg up to November

The Spanish import of fresh fruit and vegetables up until November 2018 exceeded 3 million tons worth 2,500 million Euro, which is 8% more in terms of volume and 9% more in…

Heatwave conditions takes a toll on Australian fruit and vegetable growers

Most parts of Australia have sweltered through a heatwave over the past fortnight, with daily temperatures regularly in the high-thirties to mid-forties. On Thursday, South Australia's Port Augusta reached 49.5 degrees, just 10 days after it created international headlines for reaching around 49 degrees at the…

Indo-French joint venture company GSE Avigna

India: French connection to give Chennai state-of-the art food park

A 500-acre state-of-the art food park modelled on France’s largest fresh produce market in the world in Rungis is likely to come up on the outskirts of Chennai. This comes after an Indo-French joint venture company GSE Avigna signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government to invest 2,000…

Chile: Fruit exports grow by 6.13%

According to information from Expordata ASOEX, export of fresh fruits in the 2018-2019 season (from 01-09-2018 to 21-01-2019) amounted to 695,218 tons, i.e. 6.13% more than in…

BLE Market Report KW 03/19:

Small-sized citrus: Spain, Italy, Turkey, Israel and Morocco currently on the market

The mandarin market was dominated by Spanish produce, in particular Clemenvilla. These strengthened their presence and were mostly convincing taste-wise. Israeli Orris left…

India: Jammu & Kashmir state produces 600 tons of fruit annually

Yesterday, Governor K. Vijay Kumar emphasised the need for a holistic approach for the sustainable development of the horticulture sector in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. According…

Why Tanzania should now become a net food exporter

Tanzania recorded another bumper harvest in the 2017/18 season where 15.9 million tons of food was produced. This is a 20% increase from the previous season, when the nation…

Tanzania: Minister urges Zanzibar hoteliers to buy local produce

Rashid Ali Juma, Tanzania's Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, is encouraging Zanzibar hotel owners to source their food from local…

Is air freight still a viable option for transporting fresh fruit and vegetables?

There is an ever-growing demand for organic products. The reason - these are less damaging to the environment. Despite this, air freight transportation is gaining popularity in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. “You can often find pineapples, mangoes, and strawberries that are flown in, in the supermarkets. Many years…

A study by Nielsen, Vipshop, and Tencent News

Chinese consumers are increasingly more demanding

Many brands and e-commerce outlets are feeling the impact of the Chinese economic slowdown. A new report by Nielsen, Vipshop, and Tencent News points out some surprising opportunities in small cities. According to a study based on data from the e-commerce platform Vipshop (known for the sale of luxury goods at reduced…

US organic prices dip as demand and choices grow

At the moment, US shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premiums are dropping as organic options multiply. Last year, organic food and beverages cost…


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