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Valeriya Silanteva

Horticulture might guide Kenya's economic rebound from COVID

Experts have expressed their hope that Kenya’s horticulture sector will guide the rebound of that nation’s economy, as the country rediscovers growth amidst the COVID-19…

Gavin Echterling

Colombia: 3% growth in agri-food exports during pandemic

Colombia's agri-food exports grew by 3% year-on-year between January and July 2020. According to the latest data from Dane and analyses by ProColombia, exports for the period…

"Our new customers have increased dramatically. So, for us, it's been fantastic."

Retail fruit and vegetable supply up during Victorian lockdowns

COVID-19 lockdowns and the closure of foodservice and hospitality establishments in Victoria have meant more supply for fruit and vegetable retailers during the winter period. Director at Alexanders Fruit Market Oakleigh, David Zahlan, says there has been especially good availability of two staple…

Webinar and matchmaking session on 29 September

EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement means great opportunities for fruit and vegetable importers

The EVFTA (EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement) came into force on 1 August. The Vietnamese embassy is, therefore, arranging a webinar and matchmaking activities. It will be on Tuesday, 29 September. It will highlight Vietnamese fruit and vegetable export opportunities. The country wants to bring these to…

China extends waiver of additional tariffs to some US products

China's State Council's Customs Tariff Commission announced that it would extend the exemption of additional tariffs for one more year to 16 products from the United States.…

Argentina and Chile work with Pinduoduo to develop agricultural exports to China

"Argentina and Chile have been working together with us since the beginning of this year to expand the sales volume of Latin American agricultural products and agricultural by-products. The sales volume has already increased by 310% in comparison with the same period last year." This is according to Chen…

Arlette Sijmonsma

Increase of Azerbaijani fruit and veg exports in first 8 months of 2020

In January-August 2020, Azerbaijan exported 372,967.67 tons of fruits and vegetables worth $ 376.25 million, as reported by Interfax-Azerbaijan with data from the State…

Finance Minister Israel Katz

Israeli Minister approves lifting vegetable taxes on the eve of Jewish New Year

On Thursday, Finance Minister Israel Katz signed an order to approve tax-free import of various vegetables into Israel until late July 2021. Katz was slammed for not enforcing…

Queensland University of Technology researches better fresh produce storage

After examining plant tissue behaviour and how biological cells behave when dehydrated or dried, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers are designing ways to…

Elizaveta Galitskaya

India: Heavy rainfall leads to Rs 1.38 billion loss for West Bengal farmers

According to the West Bengal Agriculture Department, heavy rainfall that spread across three subdivisions in West Midnapore over a period of 10 days in August, has caused…

Spain: Unsatisfactory results in fruit and vegetables exports

Between January and June 2020, total Spain’s sales abroad of fruit and vegetables grow in value, but fall in volume. During the same period, exports to the United Kingdom grow…

European greenhouse fruit and vegetable producers launch a promotional campaign

The European producers brought together in the organizations APROA, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organizations of Andalusia, HORTIESPAÑA, the Spanish Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization, and EUCOFEL (FruitVegetables Europe) have launched the promotional campaign…

Daniel Frey (Frey Gemüse AG) on the convenience market

"Corona has hit high frequency locations particularly hard"

The Corona crisis has had a serious impact on sales in the food industry, especially in the hospitality industry. This is also being felt by manufacturers and suppliers in the convenience sector. "The sales sectors that are important for us, such as canteens, service stations and petrol stations -the…

Caucasus Business Week

Republic of Georgia

Glenberries plans construction of 300-hectares hothouse

Chilled fruit and vegetable processing and storage company Glenberries is set to arrange a hothouse on 300 hectares in two years, investing GEL 200 million (€52 mln) in the project implementation. Company founder Rafael Maghalashvili stated that the market demands natural and high-quality products, but…

BLE market report KW 37 / 2020:

"First Regal Seedless grapes appear in Hamburg and Munich"

Italian table grapes dominated, with Italia, Michele Palieri, Sugraone and Crimson Seedless leading the way. The first Regal Seedless appeared in Hamburg and Munich. The presence of Victoria and Red Globe obviously diminished. From Turkey came Sultana and Crimson Seedless, whose importance had increased…

France Relance: consequences for agriculture?

On September 3rd, 2020, the French prime minister presented the plan “France Relance”, a recovery plan focused on the economic, social and ecological rebuilding of the…

New on-the-go product line targets new "from home" era

With working and learning from home a new reality for many consumers, the need for fresh, convenient, ready-to-eat meals is surging. FiveStar Gourmet Foods has developed Simply Fresh 2Go®, its first product line targeted concurrently to both retail and school foodservice channels. With 12 new SKU’s, each…

UK: Polymer Logistics helps tomato producer APS Group to optimise supply chain

With 500 million tomatoes grown every year, the APS Group is the UK’s largest supplier of British tomatoes to the high street, being responsible for around 30 percent of…

Tony Bosse

Jamaica: 100 growers to benefit from $3.6-million project

According to Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, approximately 100 growers across the island will benefit from the distribution of 70,000 vegetable seedlings and…

EU publishes regulation that makes spending on operational funds exceptionally flexible

On September 14, the Official Journal of the European Union published the Commission  Delegated Regulation (UE) 2020/1275  of July 6, 2020, amending the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592…

Ralf Rapp - Rapp Früchte & Gemüse:

"As a catering supplier we are in competition with the discounters"

The catering industry is slowly getting back on its feet after the difficult first half of the year. This means a sigh of relief for the wholesalers who have specialised in this sector. However, normality has not yet returned; public festivals in particular are painfully absent from the annual turnover…

US retail sales report

Produce closes out summer on high note

Labor Day boosted virtually all departments back into double-digit gains over year ago, particularly with the holiday weekend falling a week later than it did in 2019. For the week of September 6th, fresh fruit and vegetable sales increased 11.6% over 2019 — actually surpassing growth in shelf-stable…

Fruit Box & Co

Indian start-up decided to exclusively sell fruits and vegetables

In 2018, Rishi Sakhuja and his sister-in-law Radhika Singh launched a business exclusively selling fruits and vegetables. The duo started Fruit Box & Co in 2018, with just a…

Ruili - Shan State, Myanmar

Border town lockdown might affect trade between Myanmar and China

Ruili is the major border crossing between China and Myanmar, near Muse in Shan State. Trade between Myanmar and China could face disruptions after the city was placed under lockdown on September 15 following the detection of COVID-19. "There will be damages. Export negotiations are now being made at the…

India: Tomatoes more expensive than apples

In India, one can now find tomatoes that are costlier than apples. The price hovered around Rs60 (€0.75) per kg, somewhat higher than that of the golden variety of apple,…

Vietnam: Agricultural exports to EU are enjoying EVFTA tax incentives

Vietnam plans to export several kinds of agricultural products to the European Union on September 16-17 under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), following the…

"We are calling on young Aussies to take this opportunity to get the 'backpacker holiday experience' at home"

State governments invest heavily to attract Aussie workers to horticulture jobs during COVID-19 pandemic

Tasmanians are responding in droves to the recent agricultural jobs campaign, according to the State Government, which is encouraging the residents to roll the sleeves up and help vital primary industries. Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett says this is a great opportunity for…

‘Government should allow people on JobSeeker payment to work on farms’ Olaf Speier

Young Australians could be given Jobseeker payments as incentive to pick fruit

After Australia closed its borders to international travellers because of the coronavirus pandemic in March, the number of people in Australian on the WHM visa has fallen from…

Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham

'Australia should plan respectfully for trade tensions with China'

According to Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, the nation’s agricultural sector should not expect a speedy resolution of the delicate trade and geopolitical tensions…

Minister Parker takes 'hardass' approach to labor shortage

Australian MPs back proposal to give refugees residency for fruit picking

Both Australian government and opposition MPs are backing a proposal to have refugees fill vital fruit and vegetable picking jobs left behind by backpackers, who are locked…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average price of Bramley's seedlings down 9%

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. Average prices of Gala apples collected from various national wholesale markets, currently…

Fruit and vegetables exported to 43 countries Kenny1

Iran authorizes duty-free potato exports

The export of potatoes from Iran has been exempted from tax and customs duties by the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade. According to Mohammad Reza Kalami, a senior…

Qiming Yao

Government of Pakistan bans import of Iranian vegetables

Pakistan’s Department of Plant Protection (DPP)’s quarantine unit, which is responsible for keeping a check on the import and export of edible goods, has banned the import of…

FPSC encourages developments in audit process report

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC) is an industry-led, not-for-profit company established to enhance fresh produce safety across Australia and New…

'This just cannot happen'

New Zealand: $ 9.5 billion at risk as horticulture sector struggles to find labor

In parts of New Zealand, the shortage of horticultural workers due to Covid restrictions is putting $ 9.5 billion of the country’s economy at risk. This was made clear by New…

Boarding1now

Prolonged flood will push up vegetable prices in Bangladesh further

The lengthy floods have severely been affecting early winter crop farming in many Bangladesh districts. This is causing fears of further hike in prices of vegetables including…

'Dramatically expanded scheme could be forthcoming'

Optimism over seasonal worker scheme UK

According to an industry lobbyist, an announcement from the British government on an expanded Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme for the horticultural sector could be…

Adil Celebiyev

Armenian exports of greenhouse products increasing

Exports of several products from Armenia have increased, despite the COVID crisis that essentially delivered a blow to virtually all sectors of that nation’s economy.…

“Spain Food Nation”

Spain launches campaign to promote national foods abroad

The Spanish ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) and of Industry, Commerce and Tourism have agreed to allocate 4 million Euro in Spain Food Nation, a campaign…

"We have a customer-focused business here, so we are looking after the client as best we can"

How direct-to-customer deliveries are driving sales for one Queensland company

The direct interaction with customers has helped a Queensland fresh produce delivery service build-up a strong local customer base through focusing on "top-class" satisfaction, according to its owner. Efresh supplies fresh produce to restaurants, foodservice and community facilities, including aged care…

Food Corporation of Bhutan resumes onion and tomato imports

On September 8, just days after easing the nationwide lockdown, Thimphu received its first load of onion and tomatoes. The Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperatives…

Senegal incurs 25 percent crop losses due to lack of storage infrastructure

Every year, Senegal faces crop losses of 25 percent due to lack of storage infrastructure. The Agricultural and Rural Prospective Initiative (IPAR) and the Market Regulation…

Over 30 million Euro invested in first smart farm in Kuwait

The Sultan Center Company of Kuwait has closed a deal with the UAE company Pure Harvest Smart Farms to build a smart farm devoted to the production of fresh fruits and…

Wikipedia

South Korea’s agricultural food product exports increased by 4.9% in 8 months

South Korea's agricultural food product exports have increased by almost 5% during the first eight months of this year compared to the same period of 2019, despite the spread…

Viacheslav Popov

US intent on banning tomato imports from Xinjiang, China

US Customs and Border Protection officials have prepared orders to block imports of tomato products (as well as cotton) from China’s western region of Xinjiang. Although a…

Punjab province, Pakistan

Multan fruit and vegetables market faced with staff shortages

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Multan fruit and vegetables market Akram Chawan stated that the market was facing acute staff shortages. It needs new recruitment to ensure…

Possible overpayment of millions of dollars for fresh produce

USDA investigates Fresno Unified fresh produce payments

The USDA is investigating whether the Fresno Unified School District has been overpaying millions of dollars for fresh produce in recent years. An audit of the district’s…

Citrus and kiwis among the products that increased sales abroad

Chile's trade exchange falls by 12% in 2020

According to a report by the Undersecretariat of International Economic Relations (SUBREI) based on data from the Central Bank, between January and August 2020, Chile's trade…

The Dominican agricultural sector lost millions of dollars to storm Laura

The Provincial Council for Agricultural Development of the Province of Azua (Coproda) stated that the damage caused by tropical storm Laura in the region as it passed through…

Iberhanse-NaturGreen Spain

"By the end of 2020, we hope to reach 2,000 hectares of bio-inclusive crops"

Bio-inclusive agriculture is a revolutionary model of agricultural production that guarantees natural and sustainable practices for the environment. It works in the recovery of flora and fauna in cultivation areas, combining food production with the protection of biodiversity. In Spain, the leader in…

ANE

Fruit and veg for half of Europe are grown on 3% of Almeria's acreage

The greenhouses of Almería account for just 3% of the total acreage of ​​this Andalusian province; however, these have the capacity to supply fresh fruit and vegetables for salads to countries and markets in more than half of Europe, mainly Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands,…

BLE-Market report KW 36 / 2020:

'Availability of native, Dutch and Belgian cucumbers was limited'

The availability of local, Dutch and Belgian cucumbers was limited. First Spanish offers arrived in Berlin and were with 4,- to 6,- € per 12-package much cheaper than the Central European lots. In general, the not particularly strong demand can be satisfied without difficulty. Nevertheless, valuations…

Fresh produce beats 2019 Labor Day results in tough week

The last full week of August saw the smallest increases since the start of the pandemic across virtually all departments. Prior months had shown weak final week of the month sales and, in this case, the results were further influenced by a much earlier Labor Day in 2019 that fell on September 2. That…

Gerold Grotelueschen

India displays growing horticulture edge

The NHM, a centrally-sponsored scheme, was launched in 2005-06 with one of its major objectives being to increase horticulture production and doubling farmers’ income.…

Rank Sol

Kenyan trade surges as COVID-19 restrictions lift globally

Kenya's exports and imports rose significantly in July as various countries lessened COVID-19 restrictions, boosting trade activities. The east African nation's month-on-month…

Regional roads washed away by week-long rains Hel080808

Produce goes to waste in Ghana’s Pusiga District

Vegetables farms in the Pusiga District of the Ghana’s Upper East Region are in trouble as roads linking the farms to market centres are washed away by the week-long…

Irina Akkulova

Azerbaijan boosts agriculture exports

Azerbaijan has increased its exports of fresh cherries and potatoes in the first half of 2020. Exports of fresh cherries increased by 7 percent up to 19,950 tons, with…

As Chuseok festival is approaching Beller

South Koreans faced with skyrocketing food prices

Chuseok -literally "Autumn eve"- is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in both North- and South Korea. For this year’s festival, many South Koreans are…

Benguet Province Sjors737

Filipino growers donate millions worth of unsold vegetables to citizens of La Trinidad

La Trinidad is the capital of the province of Benguet in the Philippines. Filipino growers and traders have been donating millions of pesos worth of unsold assorted vegetables…

Mzansi and US will team up to grow export markets

South African and US authorities intend to form a technical task force to facilitate better access to the American market for South African agricultural products. This came…

ZimTrade Export Development Manager Tatenda Marume:

'Zimbabwe horticulture could generate $1 billion in exports'

According to Tatenda Marume, ZimTrade export development manager, Zimbabwe has the potential to generate more than $ 1 billion from horticultural exports around the world…

Early detection of soil-surface ozone can help prevent damage to grape vines and apple trees

Farmers and fruit growers are reporting that climate change is leading to increased ozone concentrations on the soil surface in their fields and orchards – an exposure that…

Conor to supply US bases in southern Italy until 2024

American soldiers to eat Italian fruit and vegetables

It is a bad year when it comes to supplies for canteens and the H&R sector in general, but Conor managed a master stroke: Aribologna's operational branch has in fact obtained an exclusive contract to supply fresh produce to all US bases in southern Europe until 2024. Agribologna can currently count 2,500…

New 'myMigros' brand launched

Migros pools regional online supermarkets

Following a two-year test phase, Migros is pooling its two regional online offers Miacar and My Migros by the end of 2020. The two pilot projects will result in the "myMigros" brand, an attractive offer under which Migros will deliver the entire Migros range of products fresh, quickly and conveniently,…

"This season, due to current circumstances, the demand for citrus has been consistently strong"

Despite concerns heading into the season due to the coronavirus restrictions, citrus sales have been strong for Sydney-based wholesaler Goldenfruit throughout winter. "Our sales were very strong throughout the season especially for oranges and mandarins," Principal Jason Hendriks said. "Sales in citrus…

Kenya: Growers Murang'a urged to take advantage of lucrative exports markets

Murang’a county residents have been urged to take advantage of the modern, Sh385 million (€3 mln) market the government will build in Kangari town. This market will have a…

Pure Foods Tasmania executes growth strategy through acquisition of Daly Potato Company

Pure Foods Tasmania is acting on its charted growth strategy, revealing plans to buy the business and assets of Daly Potato Company for $1.8 million. The company listed on the…

Izak Heijboer

Potatoes, tomatoes and cucumbers: the most popular vegetables in Poland in August

In August 2020, apples were the most popular fruit in Poland, with 76% of respondents consuming them, including 15% at least 4-5 times a week. Compared to July, there was an…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica go for £0.83 in week 36

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.83 for bananas from Costa…

Twelve Kenyan counties to gain from Sh500 million project

Kenya’s four-year Market Access Upgrade (Markup) project seeks to boost food security and address supply and market access constraints in several agricultural value chains.…

Boarding1now

Downpours in Dominican Republic disrupt food prices

Some prices of food products in Dominican markets have declines, others increased in the wake of the damage caused by the floods of the two storms Isaías and Laura. Vegetables…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4Fruit Company:

"Early entry for Spanish cucumbers, peppers and mandarins on the market"

It is still early September, but the first Spanish cucumbers, peppers and mandarins are already arriving on the Dutch market. They share one common denominator; the prices are reasonable for Dutch greenhouse vegetables and overseas citrus on the market, so the Spaniards smell money. But, according to…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:

"Unusual European weather conditions now affecting fruit and vegetable trade"

The worst of the heatwaves in Europe seems to be over now. But their impact on fruit and vegetable production is becoming increasingly apparent. "We need to make up shortfalls throughout Europe. Especially for full soil products. It's evident in, particularly, cauliflower and broccoli," says Leon van den…

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to the United Kingdom continue to increase

Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the British market in the first half of 2020 continued on a positive trend as they totaled 889,157 tons and 1,160 million euro,…

Beijing wholesale market Xinfadi set for full recovery

Beijing's largest vegetable wholesale market, which was temporarily shut down due to a COVID-19 epidemic resurgence in the first half-year, is expected to fully resume its supply capacity before the upcoming National Day holiday at the beginning of October. On Sunday, the vegetable wholesale area in…

Intending to streamline Thailand's food supply chain

Freshket lands $3 million Series A led by Openspace

Bangkok based Freshket is a company that simplifies the process of getting fresh produce from farms to tables. Launched in 2017, the start-up has now raised a $3 million…

January 1 – September 2 Nataliia Mysak

Egypt: Agricultural exports exceed 4 mln tons

According to the Minster of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, El-Sayed El-Qusair, in the period January 1 – September 2, Egypt’s agricultural exports have increased to more…

Harvest to Home COVID-19 August fresh produce update

AU: Effects of lockdown on fresh produce shown in report

Harvest to Home is an interactive online dashboard that provides users with up-to-date retail information and consumer trend data on a range of vegetable commodities on a single platform. All of the data is provided by Nielsen, which collates it through a home scan service, that surveys around 10,000…

How to make a splash at Fresh Summit?

A little perplexed as to how your company is going to effectively exhibit at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit being held October 13-15, 2020? “The PMA has been building a program…

Farmpal: Removing middlemen and connecting growers to businesses directly

In Pune, start-ups like Farmpal have opened new collection centres to help growers deliver fresh produce easily by connecting growers to their markets and cutting off the…

Data disclosed by ICE. Italy is ranked 19th

Rises and falls in fruit and vegetable exports around the world

Spain is ranked first in the world for fruit and vegetable exports in the period January-May 2020, with 6.68 million tons exported and a drop of 2.77% compared to the previous year. Italy, in the same period, exported 1.44 million tons, showing a decrease of 7.64%. Such data was disclosed by Maria Ines…

Good Italian demand for Spanish Iceberg lettuce

Spanish Iceberg lettuce is not doing so well compared to last month. Prices went from €6 for crates containing 10 heads to €3.50-4.50, depending on quality. The produce arrives in Italy as well, where demand has been satisfactory. Giuseppe Iacovazzo, an Italian operator based in Spain, reports that "trucks…

Helfei

Wild bees very critical to US agriculture

New research seems to affirm that wild bees, like bumblebees, mason bees and squash bees, are more essential to many agricultural crops in Pennsylvania than previously…

Heinz Teh Chee Siong

US: Rise in prohibited chile pepper and tomato imports at El Paso bridges

The chile harvest season is in full swing and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they are seeing an increase of individuals trying to import various peppers and…

Public consultation on the promotion of agricultural products in the EU will conclude on 9/11

The public consultation launched by the European Commission to hear the opinion of citizens and interested parties on the policy for the promotion of agricultural products in…

Mexico will respond to the US if they apply tariffs on agricultural products

The Government of Mexico has determined that, if the US applies tariffs on different Mexican agricultural products, which would include strawberries, blueberries, and peppers, it will respond by applying a mirror policy against products of United States origin. Bosco de la Vega, the president of the…

Spain

Fruit and vegetable prices are expected to go up due to the increase in production costs

The president of the Irrigation Community, Juan Marin, and the head of the Coordinator of Organizations of Farmers and Ranchers of the Region of Murcia (COAG), Miguel Padilla,…

Cooperative focuses on further strengthening the fruit and vegetable sector

Florian Hinrichs becomes managing director of Landgard Obst & Gemüse Holding LLC

Florian Hinrichs, managing director of Landgard Blumen & Pflanzen LLC since January 2020, has been appointed by the entire board of Landgard eG as a further managing director of Landgard Obst & Gemüse Holding LLC, effective 01.09.2020. In addition to his activities at Blumen & Pflanzen, he will now…

Gujarat government plans strategic partnership with Amazon Fresh for horti produce

The government of Gujarat state is working on a strategic partnership with multinational giant Amazon Fresh to ensure higher prices to horticulturists by giving them a…

Ruletkka

Nigerian growers try to boost agri export earnings through value addition

Generally, the idea behind value addition is basically to increase the economic value of primary agricultural commodities. There’s more to be gained in adding value to…

Nigeria: Anambra State exports 121 tons of agricultural products in 12 months

Anambra State, in southeastern Nigeria, has exported 121 tons of vegetables in the past 12 months. State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nonamdi Onukwuba made the disclosure…

AUSVEG

Labour plan will help fruit and vegetable growers supply fresh produce to Australians

AUSVEG, Australia’s peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, supports the labour plan submitted by the National Farmers’ Federation’s Horticulture Council that…

Mansum008

UK growers at risk of not being able to harvest amid wet weather

In the UK, damage to crops brought by Storm Francis has added further misery to a difficult growing season. Also, according to some analysts, imports may place a cap on…

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Strike at Choithram, Chhawani Laxmibai Nagar markets against Model Mandi Act

Indore is the most populous and largest city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. On Thursday, staff, traders and porters of the three main mandis (markets) of city -Choithram Fruits and Vegetable Mandi, Chhawani Anaj Mandi and Laxmibai Nagar Anaj Mandi- went on an indefinite strike against the Model…

Sascha Suler (Biotropic GmbH) on the market situation for organic bananas

"40-50% sales increase during the lockdown"

After several eventful months, the fruit and vegetable trade seems to be stabilizing again to some extent. So also has the market for bio bananas, confirms Sascha Suler, plant manager of the BioTropic LLC. "In March and April the market registered a rapid sales increase of 40-50 per cent. In the…

USDA

Advertised Prices for specialty crops at major retail supermarket outlets

US: Ads for berries, melons, clementines, tangerines, grapes & tree fruit featuring prominent

The first few ads for pumpkins appeared in the US this week. There was also a batch of ads for pumpkin spice foods and potted mums. Corn, berries, melons, squash, clementines, tangerines, grapes, and tree fruit were prominent. Local produce was well promoted, primarily from the Northern tier states.…

BLE market report KW 35 / 2020:

'Spanish and Italian peaches and nectarines dominated'

Spanish and Italian peaches and nectarines predominated, French and Greek ones had at most a complementary role. Locally, deliveries from France ended during the week, which marked the end of the season. Also the deliveries from Spain and Italy were apparently limited. But they were sufficient to satisfy…

PMA virtual town hall

"The Ethical Labor Charters gives us a common conduct as an industry"

Labor is a cornerstone of any industry, but in the fresh produce industry having enough labor at the right time is even more vital for the perishable fruits and vegetables to be harvested properly and brought onto retail shelves with enough time for consumers to purchase and enjoy them. Labor is,…

Regions hit by extreme drought

Zimbabwe opens up funding for water-wise farming

Small scale farmers in Lupane, western Zimbabwe, decided to switch away from irrigating their fields by flooding them, which wastes huge amounts of water. They chose this…

Prices almost doubled over past few days Nuthawut Somsuk

Surprise inspections in Kolkata to keep vegetable prices in check

Starting today, Kolkata Police’s enforcement branch will start visiting some of the biggest wholesale and retail markets in the city. Their brief is to check the prices of…

Cj Nattanai

South Korean agricultural exports up 5 percent through August

South Korea's outbound shipments of agricultural products rose nearly 5 percent on-year in the first eight months of 2020. These increases are helped by the rising demand for…

Syngenta-led initiative generates Rs 47 mln through various AE programs

Syngenta India is a leading agriculture company, headquartered in Pune. It has launched a series of national-level CSR interventions and support programs in response to the…

Bupa and Woolworths come together with a fresh idea to reward healthier eating

With Australians eating at home more and health top of mind in the pandemic, Woolworths Everyday Rewards and health fund Bupa are teaming up to reward customers for choosing fresh fruit and vegetables. It comes as an Ipsos survey of 2,000 participants conducted for Woolworths in June found that eating…

There are not only second class retailers in southern Italy

"Today I'm in Dubai", commented on LinkedIn Mario Gasbarrino, board member of Everton and Cortilia, who has a very long experience at the helm of large-scale retail chains, on a visit to a retail outlet of the Arena Group in Sicily. In the social imagery, Dubai is, in fact, renowned for its luxurious…

Peru's agro-exports aim at Asian markets

According to the executive director of the Association of Agricultural Producers Guilds of Peru (AGAP), Gabriel Amaro, currently the four most advanced destination market…

Spanish fruit and vegetable imports from Morocco increased by 18%

Spanish fruit and vegetable imports from Morocco in the first half of this year increased by 18% over the same period of 2019, totaling 548 million euro. This number accounts…

Biofruit supports the project "Düren. Healthy. Active."

Healthy, regional, sustainable and seasonal

Healthy and sustainable nutrition are at the heart of a project from non-profit enterprise DGA (Dürener Gesellschaft für Arbeitsförderung) under the heading: "Düren. Healthy. Active." Among other things, this modern gastronomy concept entails a canteen, in which thousands of meals can be prepared and…

Cedric Timo (Grassfields Trading) on the import of African food stuff

"Difficult air freight situation has almost returned to normal"

The number of flights and with these the airfreight capacity was rapidly reduced in the course of the Corona crisis. This had a serious impact on the supply of African fruit and vegetables to Europe. "Even in our main country of origin, Cameroon, capacity was quite limited for a while. This led to…

Increased export chances for Vietnam’s winter crops

According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the winter crop agricultural production areas in Vietnam’s northern provinces was expected to…

Demand for gourmet tomatoes high despite the cooler Queensland growing challenges

The current COVID-19 restrictions have driven an increase in demand for gourmet tomatoes, according to a leading Australian producer. Kapiris Bros Managing Director, Harry Kapiris attributes strong sales to the fact that the gourmet tomato is the most versatile variety, and can be applied to all food…

"Our 2020 harvest is looking very promising - we’re off to a strong start"

Solid volumes and an exciting new brand for a major NSW avocado grower

A northern New South Wales avocado grower is recording exceptional premium pack-out rates in the first few weeks of picking. Comboyne Avocados Managing Director Kevin Debreceny says overall volumes are reasonable; and while current yield projections do not quite match the best harvest to date in 2018, it…

Agriota E-Marketplace

Blockchain platform connects Indian farmers to food industry UAE

Food industry managers in the United Arab Emirates may soon be able to use a blockchain-based supply chain to obtain agricultural products directly from India. According to an Aug. 31 report, officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be using Agriota E-Marketplace, a new platform that employs…

US retail sales report

Effects of virtual schooling on retail produce sales

Entering the latter half of August, the very different nature of this year’s back-to-school season is becoming evident. Wave 17 of the IRI COVID-19 shopper impact survey, conducted between August 7 and 9, finds a growing number of parents reporting their school-aged children will be partaking in virtual…

USDA

China presents new MRLs for horticultural products

On 15 July 2020, China announced 589 maximum residual levels (MRL). These are for 67 pesticides used on food. They notified the World Trade Organization's SPS committee of this. They…

New app to offer Caribbean organic produce to US consumers

The Caribbean produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and the prominence of their products on the US market has been increasing over the years. Free World Trade is an American importer who works with growers across the Caribbean and aims to grow the presence of Caribbean fruits and vegetables on…

Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh

Construction of fruit market stalled for six years in Bandrol

In Bandrol -in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh- the construction of a fruit market has been underway for the last six years. The construction of the yard has been pending since October 2014 when the then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had laid the foundation stone of the project. Still waiting for…

Rene van den Berg

Belgium: Groceries more expensive due to COVID-19

According to the Belgian government, Belgian consumers are paying up to 10% more for basic groceries when compared to 2019 due to the pandemic. The government bureau for statistics, Belstat, showed that prices have increased for fruit (+10%), fruit juice (+9%) and vegetables (+5%). On average, food…

Critiquing the USMCA trade agreement Evgenyi Gromov

Produce growers in south-eastern US need trade relief

The USMCA trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect in July. But growers in the south-eastern produce industry say they did not have their…

German supermarket giant enters Greenyard subsidiary

In Germany, fruit and vegetable seller Greenyard is creating a joint venture with supermarket chain REWE. Greenyard becomes one of the main suppliers of its regional fruit and…

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Gujarat state: Growers lose 60-70% of crops to rain

Continuous rain over the past few days has almost destroyed the monsoon crops in various regions of Gujarat. The growers there have not only lost money spent on seeds,…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bramley's seedling stand at £1.25 per kg

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas and fruit and vegetables by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. Average prices of Bramley's seedling apples collected from…

Northern China suffers severe damage from hail storm

A recent hailstorm was seen in parts of Jixian County, Shanxi, an important apple production area in China. Growers reported that the protective bags in the orchard were…

Son Son irradiation centre, HCM City

US plant quarantine expert to be sent out to Vietnam

An expert from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is scheduled to arrive in Vietnam on September 2. The brief is to…

"Optimal properties for product storage and presentation"

Enza Zaden offers new TOV E 15M.41641 from next season onwards

Enza Zaden offers a new tomato on the vine in the 100-115 g segment for the coming season, with variety E15M.41641. After a two-year test phase on Central European farms, E15M.41641 has proven its suitability for cultivation under a wide range of conditions. During the test phase, it showed positive…

Norwegian supermarkets saw fruit and vegetable sales peak: tomato sales rose most

Norgesgruppen owns supermarket chains like Kiwi, Meny, and Joker in Norway. There, locally grown fruit and vegetable sales rose by 11% this summer. Pål Westby heads the Norgesgruppen's fruit and vegetable division. He says, "Growers were uncertain in April and May. They were worried about not selling…

Thomas Stütz, Früchte Braun LLC:

"We still suffer from the effects of Corona, despite relaxation of restrictions"

Although in some places consumers seem to have already forgotten that we are in the middle of a pandemic, the situation in the fruit and vegetable trade is still tense. After serious slumps during the forced closures, especially of catering suppliers, the situation is recovering, but things are still far…

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Floods and COVID form a double blow to Bangladesh fruit and vegetable exports

The ongoing flood and Covid-19 pandemic have caused a double blow Bangladesh’ exports of fruits, vegetables and other perishables. Shipments have been negatively affected by the high air cargo freight charges during the pandemic, now being followed by the flood severely affecting the shipments. Arif Azad…

Amazon

An inside look into the new Amazon Fresh store

Stewart Samuel, who works on projects that focus on improving existing food retail formats, store of the future development and discovering new retail technologies. On his LinkedIn page he has a quick look inside the new Amazon Fresh store from Amazon. Video source: Amazon Open on an invitation-only…


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