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Export of Chinese pears and apples to India will hopefully resume soon

China-India Fruits Business Seminar officially in session

The Agricultural Trade Center of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development arranged for 7 Chinese fruit companies to visit India in an effort to advance business relations between China and India, as well as to develop the fruit trade. The economic attache of the Indian embassy in China…

Just store them at exactly the right temperature

Keeping your fruit and veg fresh longer than ever imagined

Many people would like to cut down on food waste, but if your fruit is forever turning mouldy and vegetables going mushy, it's hard to stick to good intentions. Now experts have revealed the best way to store fresh produce to ensure it stays fresher for longer, with hardy vegetables such as parsnips lasting as long…

Excellent quality, abundant yields and satisfactory prices

A good year for South Tyrolean vegetables and berries

Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, potatoes, cauliflower or red beets with the South Tyrol quality  label: The year 2018 put a smile on farmers' faces. All in all, it was a year…

Higher demand for Spanish products due to ‘Yellow Vests’ Movement

France: “It is easier to import cauliflower from Spain than to get it from Brittany”

The ‘yellow vests’ are still causing a lot of blockages. “Much of the merchandise does get through, but you never know if it will make it to the customers,” explains Charles Farran of Frutas Ponche France, a wholesale retailer in Perpignan. “At the moment, it is easier to import cauliflower from Spain…

Morocco is Spain's leading supplier of fruits and vegetables

According to data published by Fexpex (Spanish Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters), Morocco remains Spain's leading supplier of fruits and vegetables, with an…

President Dodon: ‘Moldova seeks closer cooperation with EAEU countries’

Moldovan president Igor Dodon said at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council that producers from his nation are very interested in achieving a new, higher level…

Canadian experts:

‘Buy local to keep grocery bills down as fruit & veg prices expected to rise’

Fruit and vegetable prices will be on the rise in 2019, if predictions in a new report on food prices in Canada are accurate. The report, a collaborative effort by the…

Up to October, blueberry beats records

Peru: Fruits and vegetables boost agricultural sector's exports

According to the Association of Agricultural Producers' Associations of Peru (AGAP), Peruvian agricultural exports, up to October 2018, registered a growth of 15% over the…

New Primavera association unites five companies from first processing stage of the food industry

Switzerland: New food industry association

The members of Primavera include Florin AG (vegetable oil), Frigemo AG (potato and vegetable products), Groupe Minoteries SA (flour), Kadi AG (potatoes) and the Schwiss Sugar…

DFHV on the new foreign trade strategy of the Federal Government

Rich assortment of fruits and vegetables only possible through open markets

"Particularly in the fruit trade, open markets and a well-functioning agricultural trade are of crucial importance. That is why the German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV)…

BLE Market report KW48/18:

Spanish ice berg lettuce dominated, as did Italian batches of colorful lettuce

Ice berg lettuce came almost exclusively from Spain. Only in Frankfurt were there Turkish products, which were placed at €6 per 10-pack. More new loads and a demand that could…

Jordan: Vegetable prices skyrocketing

On Monday, December 3 2018, the Jordan National Society for Consumer Protection (NSCP) issued a statement on the prices of fruits and vegetables in Jordan according to…

China is world leader in production of these 25 items

When the Peoples Republic of China is mentioned, the first things that come to mind is the recent economic resurgence and of course the huge population. Indeed, a country of…

Vietnam Agriculture Ministry optimistic about fruit & veg export prospects

With effective cooperation between farmers, businesses and State management agencies, Vietnam is likely to realise its goal of 10 billion USD in fruit-vegetables export…

Morocco consolidates as Spain's largest non-EU fruit and veg supplier

The Spanish import of fresh fruit and vegetables from third countries grew by 18% from January to September compared to the same period of the previous year and was worth…

China: Produce has easier access to Central Asia

Fresh farm produce from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (northwest China) and other provinces now are more quickly served on the dinner table of families in Central Asia,…

Panalpina targets growth in Kenya – expanding cold storage at Nairobi Airport

Panalpina has doubled its cold storage space at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, with the aim of growing the perishable volumes flown out of Kenya. The facility has been expanded by 1,500 m2 and offers Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's only dedicated loading bays for skidded or…

From South African street vendor to fruit exporter

Fourteen years ago, Mthokozisi Mkhwanazi dropped out of college, to become a street vendor. Now the 36-year-old Mkhwanazi from KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal has successfully…

New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority:

“India trade deal is a valuable prize”

According to a statement from the Horticulture Export Authority, India could become a major export market for fruit and vegetable growers if progress could be achieved on reducing tariffs on New Zealand goods. Exports of apples and avocados to India have roughly doubled since 2016, while kiwifruit sales…

Prof Dave Hodgson, University of Exeter:

"The humble carrot is the only British native in the Christmas dinner"

At an event called "The Science Of Christmas" in Falmouth on December 6., professor Dave Hodgson of the University of Exeter will explain the origins of Britain’s favorite…

Vietnam vegetable exports reach US$ 3.5 billion in 11 months

Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export value hit US$ 3.5 billion in the first 11 months of 2018, up 11.6 percent year-on-year, said the Agro Processing and Market Development…

China: Imported fruit "loses status", cherries are first to suffer

Wholesale fruit traders state that the market price of fruit dropped more severely this year than it did in recent years. More recently the price has fallen to an absolute…

New Smithfield Market -The market that opens while Manchester sleeps

East of Manchester’s city centre, tall, imposing brick buildings, fronted by huge green shutters, loom large out of the darkness. Inside, there are pallets full with every conceivable fruit and vegetable, delivered from every corner of the world, piled high as far as the eye can see. There's an unmistakable smell of…

Peru: Producers San Lorenzo Valley protested against low mango price

After more than four hours of negotiations, the mango producers of the San Lorenzo Valley called off the 48-hours strike they started last Monday, after establishing a Dialogue Table, they granted a truce until today the 3rd December 2018 to discuss the Fruit price with exporters, where the regional…

Indonesia abolishes up to 30 import duties on Pakistani products

Indonesia has abolished import duties of up to 30 percent on 20 Pakistani products in a trade deal to secure more than one billion dollars of palm oil exports to the south…

Hm.Clause India’s first open day in the Hyderabad region

On 21 November 2018, Hm.Clause India held its first ever open day at one of its ten local experimental stations in India, near Hyderabad. Nearly 200 customers from all over India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came to discover nearly 90 varieties of more than 20 different vegetable species. The visit of the area was…

Xi Jinping state visit

China & Spain pledge 'more balanced' trade ties

This week, China and Spain pledged to re-balance their trade ties during President Xi Jinping's state visit. This is a direct result of Madrid’s complaints of a "chronic…

BayWa Venture GmbH invests in Irish start-up FarmHedge Ltd.

BayWa Venture GmbH, a subsidiary of BayWa AG, and Austrian company RWA Invest GmbH, have each acquired an 11.3 percent interest in the Irish start-up FarmHedge Ltd. FarmHedge is an…

Border security authorities praised for keeping stink bug out of New Zealand and Australia

Hort NZ has praised the New Zealand and Australian governments for their border security efforts in keeping the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) out of the countries. This week authorities from both nations ordered two vessels out of their waters, after the bugs were discovered in pre-arrival checks. "We don't have…

Malaysia: 16 agri commodities show over 100% self-sufficiency

Recent research conducted by the Malaysian Statistics Department has shown that 16 out of 33 selected agricultural commodities had a self-sufficiency ratio (SSR) of more than…

England’s oldest wholesaler gets new Birmingham market home

Birmingham’s original fruit and vegetable wholesale market opened in 1883. Another site was built to replace it in 1973, and served the city until April this year. The new £50 mln Birmingham Wholesale Market is run as a 50-50 partnership between the traders –of whom there will eventually be 78 on site–…

BLE Market report KW 48/18:

Small citrus fruits: Demand increased and quality improved

Regarding Clementines, Spain dominated events. Italy sent a few batches, Greece and Portugal not so much. Moroccan items completed the range, which, however, did was not too convincing with regard to size, taste or appearance and therefore could not be completely marketed. Regarding Satsumas, Turkish…

Russia: X5 Retail Group interested in Lipetsk fruit and vegetable producers

In X5 Retail Group have declared interest in cooperation with manufacturers of the Lipetsk region. This was announced at a meeting between Igor Artamonov, acting head of the Lipetsk region, with local retail chains. "The intention to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with Lipetsk commodity producers during the…

A tour of three companies: Karantinos, Dentakis and Menelaos

Wholesaler’s market in Athens welcomes consumers

The old ruins of the Acropolis tower over the Greek capital. The foot of the mountain was once a fertile valley, but nowadays it’s covered with buildings and houses between 600,000 and 700,000 people. Not four kilometres from the historical centre of the city, the wholesaler’s market can be found, a…

Looking forward to festivities

A comparison with last year in Italy: more production but fewer sales

Due to the prolonged exposure to high temperatures, the quality of many Italian products has declined slightly and a number of discrepancies have been recorded. "The production of oranges and clementines was good in terms of quantity, but the quality was quite disappointing. We should be at the top of…

Nigerian Minister Abubakar lauds tomato producers for curtailing losses

Minister of State for Industries, Trade and Investment and the Supervising Minister, Women Affairs, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, has praised the Tomato Association of Nigeria (TAN)…

Spain: Horticultural imports grew by 7% between January and September

Between January and September 2018, the Spanish import of fresh fruits and vegetables has increased by 7% in terms of both volume and value compared to the same period of…

Wholesale market Karlsruhe has reinvented itself

Photo report: Convenience and regional products dominate events

The Grossmarkt in Karlsruhe celebrated its 50th anniversary last year: The marketplace used to be the heart of the regional wholesale trade (and beyond). Nowadays the larger suppliers use the halls as transhipment points. At the same time, smaller companies and direct marketers are also well represented,…

Greek sector recovering, but pain still felt

Crisis years offer opportunities to entrepreneurship

Crossing the street with a suitcase of money to pay for bell peppers, or writing a cheque to pay for tomatoes. It might sound like this is something that happened in the past, but this was something Greek companies did during the years of crisis. Panos Souras, of Souras Fresh Group, spent more time…

2018 Fruit and Vegetable seasons affected by the Weather

The National Interprofessional Association of Processed Fruits and Vegetables (Anifelt) has just published its annual report. It shows that the year was very much impacted by…

China: Seasonal and imported fruit dominated the market in October

The trade craze of September continued into October at the Jiaxing Fruit Market. Fruit sales in that month flourished. Data shows that the fruit sales volume and value…

Healthy trends gain ground

Spain: Consumers prefer supermarkets that offer fresh produce

80% of consumers associate innovation with sustainability and prefer supermarkets that bet on offering more fresh products. This is one of the main conclusions of the Shopper Experience Observatory (OSE), presented by Salvetti Llombart in the framework of the Healthy Food Challenges event. Healthy trends are increasingly gaining ground among…

Poland: Long warm autumn is a threat to winter plants

The warm autumn in Poland has caused some plants re-start the growing cycle, and this is a bad sign, says agrometeorologist Dr. Barbara Skowera. She explains that if the…

24% increase in value of Turkish fruit and veg exports to Russia

According to the Association of Exporters of the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey (DKİB), the Republic has exported 673,222 tons of fruits and vegetables to Russia in the…

Kenya must step up cargo handling capacity

On December 1, Kenya Airways will be sending its first non-stop cargo flight from Kenya to US. This is a great step forwards for Kenya’s flower growers as well as its fruit and vegetable farmers. For years now, they have decried the lack of direct and non-top flights to the US. But does this cargo route really stand…

Spain: Complaints due to "unjustified" fruit and veg price drops

COAG has denounced an "unjustified" reduction of fruit and vegetable prices at origin due to the roadblocks in France, as reported in a statement. The protests that are taking place in France are causing delays and making the movement of goods much more difficult, but the shipments are arriving and there is no…

China: Fewer visitors to fruit wholesale markets

People in the fruit industry share the feeling that business is not the same this year. First there is the problem of unmarketable fruit in many production areas. Furthermore, prices constantly…

Turkey: Fresh fruit and vegetable exports increasing

Turkey Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association Chairman, Ali Kavak, said: “Turkish growers are producing around 50 million tons of fresh fruits and vegetables annually. As exporters, we export around 3.5 million tons and we expect around 10-15% increase in our export figures. The summer season was too long…

India: Doubling of agri exports may remain elusive

India’s Commerce Ministry is working on a new agricultural export policy. The policy will contribute to doubling the incomes of India’s farmers, it is said. While details will be unveiled in course of time, data of the last four years are far from flattering. Since 2014-15, India’s agricultural goods exports have remained…

Kenyan fresh produce exporters say access to storage is key

High transport costs and limited access to storage facilities by exporters have emerged as the key issues that need to be addressed to further unlock Kenya's horticulture's…

Spain: Reduction of fruit exports and growth of veg shipments in September

Spanish fruit exports have fallen by 18% in terms of volume and by 10% in terms of value in September compared to the same month last year, totaling 342,032 tonnes and 353…

Germany: Hard times for fruit and vegetable producers

After three difficult financial years, the mood among the fruit and vegetable producers of NGA EGC NORDBADEN EG in Bruchsal (OGA) is currently somewhat gloomy. After weather-related crop failures due to extreme wet and frosty conditions in 2016 and 2017 and difficult sales in 2018, the people of the…

Taiwan's fruit & vegetables are a big hit in Palau

The first shipment of fruit and vegetables sent by Taiwan to Palau almost completely sold out just three hours after the produce went on sale at a local supermarket. It was…

USDA GAIN report

Côte d’Ivoire agricultural trade with US remains low

Côte d’Ivoire’s agricultural and related imports exceeded $2 billion in 2017, a new record for a nation in the midst of rapid economic growth. Meanwhile, beyond cocoa exports,…

Saint Lucia government co-signs Fruit & Veg action plan with Taiwan

Earlier this week the government of Saint Lucia signed an action plan to commence the project titled “Enhancing the Efficiency of Production and Distribution Supply Chain in…

Thai Airways International

THAI to offer snack boxes for interprovincial bus passengers

Thai Airways International (THAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand-based major bus operator The Transport Company to offer snack boxes and beverages for first class interprovincial passengers.  Each snack box features a Thai dessert and bakery product, or general dessert with a beverage. As part of…

BLE Market report KW 46, 2018

"The presence of Dutch suppliers has diminished"

Sweet peppers The presence of Dutch suppliers has diminished somewhat. In contrast, Spanish deliveries gained in importance. No real supply gap was recognizable. In Frankfurt,…

Ukraine and Israel signing FTA

First Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv will sign a free trade area (FTA) agreement with Israel. The decision was made at a government meeting on…

HF Brasil

"Brazilian fruit has the potential to be stronger in the world market"

"Brazil is 16th in the ranking of the largest exporters of fruit in the world (the calculated based on FAO data, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and Agriculture). The United States and Ecuador, for example, record sales four times higher than Brazil's. This is based on the information…

Hub of China

Fresh produce insights and opportunities in the Chinese market

Kenya’s fresh produce is now very welcome in China. On November 4th Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met his Chinese counterpart president Xi Jinping in Shanghai and a trade…

Peter van Pijkeren, IRI:

“The fresh category is changing quicker than ever and is full of opportunities”

Fresh is one of the most important drivers behind the growth of supermarkets in the past 12 years. While turnover within supermarkets was 27.3 billion in 2006, it has risen to 38.5 billion in 2018. The contribution of fresh to total turnover is the largest and increased by 4.7%. “The fresh category is…

Thanksgiving dinner

What went into your Thanksgiving dinner? In 2017, American Farmers produced 1.8 billion lbs. of green beans, almost 8 billion lbs. of sweet corn, and over 3.5 billion lbs. of sweet potatoes! Source: twitter.com

How Singapore's Redmart delivered in online fresh produce

Redmart, Singapore’s leading online grocery service, has improved its performance in the fresh produce category through consumer-led research and technology. According to Richard Ruddy, Redmart’s…

Greek fruit and veg exports may break new records this year

According to ELSTAT, in the first nine months of 2018, Greek fresh fruit and vegetable exports increased by 12.4% in terms of value compared to 2017, reaching 794.4 million…

AU: Highlighting the achievements and challenges on National AgDay

The second annual National Agriculture Day has been used to celebrate the the achievements and contribution farmers make to Australia, despite many doing it tough with the drought. The National Farmers' Federation says this year's theme ‘Grow for Good’. It’s all about highlighting the progress our industry is making…

Saudi Arabia: Prices go up as rain and labor shortages impact vegetable farming

Weeks of stormy and wet weather in various agricultural producing regions of Saudi Arabia has affected the farm yields, which were already suffering due to a labor shortage.…

Pakistan provincial government launches ‘Fruit for All’ campaign

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the four administrative provinces of Pakistan, located in its north-western region. The province’s government has planned a campaign of planting…

Turkey: Erdoğan vows crackdown on hoarding

This Tuesday, Turkish president Erdoğan vowed to make businesses that are stocking up on vegetables and household items pay a financial and legal penalty. The reason for this…

Juice package for ease and variation introduced

Jaguar, tfc introduces a juice package to prepare a vitamin juice and build up your immune system during the winter. A package full of fruit to make fresh juices. “Alleen Even… Persen” (You just have to.. Squeeze) is a pre-assembled fruit kit to give you a fruitboost in a quick and easy way. The supermarkets are filled…

Wholesale buyers in Ukraine face difficulties buying tomatoes

Wholesale buyers in Ukraine are finding it difficult to acquire large enough volumes of tomatoes. Some of them claim a shortage of these products on the market, the Ukrainian…

Rewe tests new market concept in Meerbusch

Fresh specialty market with unpacked fruits and vegetables

In Meerbusch-Büderich, near Dusseldorf, under the name "Marktliebe" Rewe has opened a fresh specialty market with a selection of around 4,000 items. At the heart of the 800 m2…

Relief for Pune consumers

India: Vegetable prices decrease post festival season

Because of an increased supply of select vegetables from surrounding districts, prices have been dropping in Pune. The prices of onions, tomatoes, peas and French beans went…

US: Minneapolis may adapt rules about healthy food convenience stores

Minneapolis passed an ordinance in 2014 that required licensed grocery stores to stock healthier foods in their stores. But the city is now proposing to amend its ordinance. In 2017, only 10 percent of the stores complied with the ordinance. And some store owners say no one is buying the items that the…

South Africa: Poor US fruit crop is good news for Pioneer

According to Pioneer Foods 2018 financial year results, South African fruit exports benefited from poor US crops and a weak Rand. Pioneer’s international division more than doubled its operating…

Now eligible for government loans

Nigeria: Vegetable farmers in Lagos vow to enlarge yields

More than one thousand vegetable farmers from the Iyana Iba Local Council Development Area (state of Lagos) yesterday benefited from the ongoing Federal Government social…

Iranian imports overtake local produce in Iraqi city of Basra

Basra vegetable seller Abu Mustafa recalls being able to get his produce from Iraqi farmers in the 1970's. But today, nearly 80 percent of the vegetables at his stall are imported from Iran. This, while most Iraqi families interviewed in Basra believe that the vegetables cultivated locally are fresher…

2017/2018 campaign

Spain: Murcian fruit and veg exports exceed 2.5 million tons

The volume of the Region of Murcia's horticultural exports during the 2017-18 campaign grew by 2.6% compared to the previous season, reaching 2,519,865 tons (about 20% of Spain's entire volume), as reported by the Association of Producers-Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of the Region of Murcia…

Chile sets new record as export season to China comes to an end

The Chilean Fruit Export Association (ASOEX) reported that Chile exported 2.78 million tons of fresh fruit in the recently finished 2017-2018 export season. That is an…

Indian Guwahati Airport starts direct clearance of air cargo

For the first time, direct custom clearance of air cargo has been initiated from LGBI (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi) Airport, with a consignment of vegetables exported on…

Australia saves New Zealand from billion-dollar stink bug invasion

Australian officials have stopped a ship bound for New Zealand after it was found to be carrying stink bugs.  Brown marmorated stink bugs represent a critical threat to New Zealand’s…

Nikos Katsaloulis:

“Kiwi fruit production is becoming more and more important for Greek growers”

Kiwi fruit is the future of the Greek sector. The production is large, and demand comes from all over the world. Greek exporter Mitrosilis started the export of kiwi fruit some years ago, and he made this product group into an important pillar within the company. The harvest is in full swing late in October and early in November.…

Russia: Unusual drop of fruit and veg prices in October

In October, fruit and vegetable prices in Russia fell by more than 1% compared with September. It is the first time this has happened since 2012, reports RBC citing the…

Online company for fresh fruits and vegetables

Egyptian e-commerce platform raises $700,000 investments

Fakahany, a Cairo based farm-to-door fresh produce e-commerce platform has raised $700,000 in seed funding. Founded last year by Waleed Khalil and Ahmed Attia, Fakahany allows users in…

Half of Romanians choose to buy “Made in Romania” products

According to a new study, half of Romanians (51 percent) choose to buy Romanian products on regular basis. Local preferred products being dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables. In general,…

1.7% decline in fruit production

Turkey: 2018 annual agricultural projections have been updated

The Turkish Statistical Institute has released new projections for 2018, regarding agricultural production. These projections indicate a 4.2% decline in grain and other…

BLE-Market report KW 45/18:

'Availability of tomatoes grew, prices frequently dropped'

The supply of tomatoes was very diverse and shipments came from several different countries. Regular products came mainly from the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium, round tomatoes and beef tomatoes mainly from Belgium and Morocco. Italy and the Netherlands were ahead in cherry tomatoes. Here and there,…

José Illan, l’As du Ventoux:

France: "There will be a shortage of ceps for Christmas"

The wild mushroom season is quite difficult. The lack of rain has caused a shortage of some of the species found throughout Europe, despite the rain of these past few weeks. According to José Illan of l'As du Ventoux, there will be a shortage of ceps for Christmas. "The amount of ceps is really very…

Lebanon's route to Gulf markets choked by politics

Last month, Lebanese exporters were very happy when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war. This, they thought,…

Former top USDA economist:

‘No quick resolution in view for US-China trade war’

The US-China trade dispute is currently costing soybean producers about $2 a bushel, a former chief economist for the USDA told lenders at the National Agricultural Bankers…

Saint Lucia ready to launch Import Substitution Programme

The Saint Lucia Ministry of Agriculture, with the support of the government of Taiwan, will next year begin implementing an import substitution program for a range of crops in an effort to reduce Saint Lucia’s food import bill. Agriculture Minister, Ezechiel Joseph, made this statement last Monday, at a news conference.…

Bolivia: Garlic and onion producers ask authorities to close border to smuggling

The deputy governor of El Puente, Bartolome Lopez, reported that producers of garlic and onion have asked the National Government to close borders during the marketing season…

Significant shortfall in potatoes, apple sector satisfied

Baden-Württemberg: Harvest year characterized by dry summer

This Thanksgiving, the Statistical Office will give a first comprehensive overview of the harvest quantities in Baden-Württemberg 2018. After a long, cool spring, the year was…

China signs fresh produce MoU with Caribbean region

Yunxiang Supply Chain, part of the AliBaba Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dominican Republic on the last day of the first China International Import Exposition. This is the first fresh produce MOU between China and the Caribbean region. Official signing ceremony Xing Yue, vice-chairman of the AliBaba Group, and Luo Tong,…

Skepticism among customers, despite good quality fruit

"Difficult market for last strawberries of the year"

The long summer brings us not just small potatoes and long carrots - but also (for the first time) German strawberries in November. However, the market for the autumn products is particularly difficult. Consumers are not immediately accepting of German strawberries, harvested in November and that is why…

Poland courting East Africa as trade partner

Poland is revamping its relations with Africa, already having advanced a $110 million credit to Tanzania to improve its agriculture and food security sectors. Speaking to The EastAfrican in Warsaw, deputy director of the Department of Economic Co-operation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Konrad Pawlik said that,…

Kenya horticulture export earnings growing

According to the latest economic data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), in the first eight months of this year, Kenya's horticultural export earnings…

Namibia food imports still sky-high

During the 2017/18 financial year, Namibia imported an astronomical 96 percent of its fruits, 96 percent of wheat, 60 percent of pearl millet and 40 percent of white maize…

Turkey: Annual agricultural production projections for 2018 have been updated

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) has released new projections for the year of 2018 regarding agricultural production. These projections indicate a 4.2 % decline in grain and other agricultural products, a 3 % decline in vegetables and a 1.7 % decline in fruit production. Grain production is expected to drop…

Discussions on how to avoid waste

Pink Lady Day at Mazzoni Group

A plant management that wants to avoid waste. This is the message sent during the Pink Lady Day held at the Gruppo Mazzoni on Friday 9th of November 2018. After the welcoming speech by the manager Luigi Mazzoni, the CSO president Paolo Bruni took the stage. From the left: Luigi Mazzoni, Sergio Trevisan, Paolo Bruni, Monica Artosi, Eleonora Barbero,…

Prime Minister Abylgaziev:

‘Kyrgyzstan cannot fully meet the needs of the domestic market’

At a recent government meeting, Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Mukhammedkaly Abylgaziyev sharply criticized the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Land Reclamation. According to Abylgaziev,…

University of Georgia

US researchers discover genes that define a vegetable’s shape

From time immemorial, vegetables have come in almost every size and shape. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have found the genetic mechanism that controls the shape of our favourite fruits, vegetables and grains. In article published Nov. 10 in…

Apple, banana, pineapple, fig, guava, mango, orange, grape and kiwi

Nepal: Imported fruits worth Rs7.58 billion in Q1

Nepal imported fresh fruits worth Rs7.58 billion (€57.4 mln) in the first three months of the current fiscal year, up from Rs4.74 billion (€35.9 mln) in the same period last…

Chile: Record fruit exports to China

According to information provided by the President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown Fernández, Chilean fruit exports during the recently…

BLE Market report KW 44 / 18:

'Supply of pears falling somewhat, but demand could be met'

All in all, the German pear trade was rather low-key. Italy dominated with its Abate Fetel, Santa Maria and Williams Christ. Supply was limited, but sufficient to meet the demand. The Santa Maria became more expensive, and had an appealing quality. In Frankfurt, Abate Fetel prices rose a little. From the…

Campaign for EU quality label “Europe, where quality is at home’

A three-year promotion programme to provide information about the guaranteed origin of European quality products will start in four countries soon. It concerns the products…

Trinidad and Tobago: Vegetables doubling in price after flooding

The cost of some vegetables on Trinidad and Tobago has soared after the devastating October floods. Following the severe flooding affecting areas of Trinidad during the period…

Peru: Fruit and vegetable exports increased by 21% up until September

Peruvian agricultural exports between January and September of 2018  amounted to US $4.312 billion, i.e. 13% more than in the same period of the previous year. This was reported by the Association of Agricultural Producers' Guilds of Peru (AGAP), who stated that this increase was mainly driven by the export of fruits and…

USDA GAIN Report - Fresh Fruit Market Overview 2018

Japan: Fresh fruit imports 1.62 million tons in 2017

The Japanese fresh fruit market is estimated at around 4.71 million MT demanded as of 2015. Currently, Japan imports one third of fresh fruit demanded, approximately 1.6 million MT in 2017, led by banana, pineapple, kiwi, orange, and grapefruit. The United States ranks second (after the Philippines) in value of…

Study shows growing number purchasing fresh produce items online

The Retail Feedback Group (RFG) has released the 2018 U.S. Online Grocery Shopper Study. This year's research found about half of online shoppers plan to purchase grocery…

Ghana launches agricultural product commodity exchange

This Tuesday Ghana launched a commodity exchange for agricultural products; the first in West Africa. This was done in an effort to better be able to guarantee market access…

Garden centres want fresh produce, but it’s not easy

The Dutch municipality of Duiven wants garden centre Intratuin to close its fruit and vegetable shop within six weeks. If they don’t, the garden centre will be forced to pay penalties amounting to 5,000 euro per week. The garden centre wants to keep De Groentetuin, as the sales outlet is called. “It’s…

Baltic countries to buy more fruits and vegetables from Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a nation that is focusing on diversifying its exports and developing its non-oil sector. It has turned to Baltic countries in order to increase its agri exports.…

From Assam State, northern India

Guwahati vegetables delivered to European markets

Vegetables grown near the city of Guwahati are now going global; the produce from the state of Assam and the entire Northeast have found a place in the markets of Europe. The…

Nigeria resumes export of Zobo plant to Mexico

For Nigeria, the Zobo plant - or Hibiscus sabdariffa  - is a very promising cash crop; in 2017, Nigeria exported 1,983 containers of it to Mexico alone, earning $35 million within…

China: Gansu fruit export increased by 74% in first three quarters of 2018

In the first three quarters of 2018, Gansu Province exported 2,873 shipments of fruit with a total value of 830 million yuan [120 million USD], which is an increase of 74% in…

University of Arizona study

‘Imported tomatoes from Mexico worth $4.8 billion to US economy’

The United States is one of the largest tomato producers in the world, but imports play an important role in satisfying demand for fresh tomatoes, as most US production is…

Spain: Horticultural imports grew by 7% up until August

Up until August, Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable imports grew by 7% compared to the same period of 2017, totaling 1,830 million Euro. 70.5% of the purchases were made to…

Canned horticultural products, fresh and frozen fruits

Spain: Murcian exports to Canada grow by 8%

Exports from the Region of Murcia to Canada have grown by 8 percent so far this year; however, the regional government believes that this figure could still "substantially…

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Table grapes: Italian deliveries intensified again

Italian deliveries of table grapes have intensified again, especially those of the Italia and Michele Palieri. Italy has also been marketing numerous other varieties, including Regal Seedless, Red Globe and Sugraone. From Greece and Turkey came Thompson Seedless and Crimson Seedless. some complementary…

Fruchthof Regensburg has been supplying raw materials for more than 20 years

''Good season for Spanish onions''

Oversized onions are currently sourced during the winter months, primarily from Spanish fields. They quickly find their way into the German wholesale trade. In this year's season, as calibers are smaller due to the weather conditions, the Spanish onion business is particularly lucrative, says Metin Öner,…

Why is it difficult for Chinese fruit to be exported to Europe and the USA?

China is one of the largest fruit producers in the world, not only is the Chinese fruit industry rich in product variety, but production volumes are also large. Take apples,…

AU: Major visa changes set to bring more backpackers to address workforce shortages

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) says changes to existing visa programmes are a major step forward in more effectively meeting the farm sector’s chronic labour shortage. “Prime Minister (Scott) Morrison has listened and is following through on his commitment to address agriculture’s workforce crisis,” NFF President…

Qatar aims at self-sufficiency in vegetable production

The Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) is undertaking many initiatives to develop the agricultural sector through providing support to farms and investors. The agricultural strategy of Qatar is aimed at reducing the dependence on imports and achieving self-sufficiency in vegetables. It is based…

Greek sector focuses on Eastern Europe

In the European top 3 of the largest production countries for kiwis, peaches and nectarines, oranges, mandarins and watermelons for example, Greece has a firm place. This makes the country an important production area. A large proportion of the fruit that is grown is exported, but in large parts of…

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‘Hungry Harvest uses tech to combat food waste’

To the growing agricultural industry, the food chain system is filled with problems best solved by the latest technology. That includes food waste, a problem insiders argue is ripe for a blockchain solution, while critics say blockchain is no magic bullet. But it turns out food waste can already be…

Pakistan: Fruits, vegetables exports worth $163.6 million in Q1 2018

Pakistan’s fruit and vegetables exports from the country during Q1 of the current financial year grew by 49.34% and 19.17% respectively as compared the corresponding period of…

Dutch consultancy firm PUM cooperation with ZimTrade

Experts from the Netherlands to revive horticulture in Zimbabwe

Plans have been put in motion to establish model horticulture farms in Zimbabwe as a way of reviving this sector. The southern African country used to have a vibrant horticultural industry, but it was harmed quite extensively by former president Mugabe's chaotic land reforms in the early 2000s, aimed at…

Australian horticulture growers set to be among the winners under new Trans-Pacific Partnership

The National Farmers Federation has welcomed the ratification by the Australia government of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) trade agreement, which it says is a major…


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