Frost hits southern Italy

Out-of-season frost has caused great damage not only in northern Italy, but also in the rest of the country. The umpteenth harsh drop in temperatures between April 8th and 9th affected Basilicata, Campania, Apulia and Calabria as well, damaging stone fruit, kiwifruits and vegetables. Basilicata"We knew a cold front was coming,…

A tribute to the essential work of fruit and vegetable producers during the pandemic

Eucofel launches the 'CuTE-4You: Cultivating the Taste of Europe for You' campaign

The FruitVegetablesEurope (Eucofel) association has launched the 'CuTE-4You: Cultivating the Taste of Europe for You' campaign to highlight the essential work carried out by…

Taiwan growers lose NT$400 mln due to water shortages

In Taiwan, agricultural losses caused by the current water shortage have exceeded NT$400 million (€12 million), with farmers in Pingtung County affected most. As of Friday,…

Russia lifts tomato import ban for more Azerbaijani enterprises

The Russian Federation has lifted ban on tomatoes imports for seven more Azerbaijani enterprises. This step followed negotiations between Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency and…

Chairman of new UK political party, Robert Kimbell:

‘Morocco to outperform Spain as UK’s main supplier of fresh produce’

According to the chairman of new UK political party TIME, Robert Kimbell, Morocco is set to outperform Spain as the main supplier of fresh produce and olive oil to the UK.…

Baiju Kantaria, Elgon Kenya explains

Why Kenya and UK must cultivate trade relations in the wake of COVID-19

For over a century, Kenya and the United Kingdom have enjoyed strong ties hinged on trust, enhanced cooperation, and mutual benefit across key sectors among them trade, tourism, security, health, and education. In this article, Baiju Kantaria, Director at Elgon Kenya, explains his view on trade relations…

Australia: Produce prices may spike as farmers warn they will not plant crops

As Covid travel restrictions and the subsequent labor shortages have had a heavy impact on the operations of Australia’s fruit and vegetable growers, some of these warn claim…

Vietnam: Ninh Thuan cooperatives link up with various companies to sell produce

According to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, agriculture cooperatives in Vietnam’s south-central province of Ninh Thuan have linked up with…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.78 per kg

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 from Colombia stood at…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products - Weekly Update

Mexican asparagus crossing through Calexico and San Luis again expected to decrease slightly

The USDA has issued its weekly report, providing trend analysis of the volume and prices of Seasonal Perishable commodities. Volume represents current week and prices represent open (spot) market sales by first handlers on product of generally good quality and condition unless otherwise stated and may…

Vietnam's produce export value in March reached US$380 million

Vietnam’s total produce export value reached approximately US$380 million in March, showing an increase of 6.3% compared to the same period of last year. From January to…

CPMA Fresh Week

Montreal-based wholesaler launches re-brand and announces acquisition

This week, from April 12 – 16, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association holds its annual convention. The event will be fully online and is free to anyone who would like to attend. “It is an important event for us,” says Jessica Dubé with wholesale company Canadawide. “The event always brings new…

Post-harvest losses remain major challenge in Nigeria

While Nigeria struggles to ensure food security for its growing population, massive quantities of food are still being lost due to spoilage and infestations. One of the major…

Pune Market Yard: Produce likely to flood in after weekend lockdown

The Gultekdi Market Yard, which is the biggest wholesale market in the city, is expected to get an excessive influx of fruits and vegetables due to closure of the market for…

Prices may soar as Chennai vegetables hub closes due to Covid restrictions

Fruit and vegetable prices are expected to rise as nearly 2,000 retail vegetable and fruit shops are likely to be closed in Chennai's largest vegetable market at Koyambedu,…

Sri Lanka: 20 billion annual loss to economy due to harvest problems

The Sri Lankan Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has disclosed that about 270,000 tons of fruits and vegetables are being wasted annually, with a resulting loss to the…

Not applying to tomatoes or peppers

Russia lifts temporary bans on plant product imports from Uzbekistan’s Fergana region

In an official statement on the Rosselkhoznadzor website, it says that the department deems it possible to allow the import of all plant products from Fergana since April 7,…

Trade performance review of the agricultural sector of South Africa – 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has released the 2020 trade performance review, that sheds light on South Africa’s trade performance of agricultural products, relative to the prior year. Among the take-aways are the facts that SA’s agricultural product exports…

Prepackaged fresh produce sales soar amid Covid-19 pandemic

A new Freedonia Group analysis projects US sales of fresh produce packaging to grow 3.7% per year to nearly $7 billion in 2024, as demand continues to rise among both…

Agri-Ethique: new fruit sector with the French fair trade label

After wheat, barley, milk, meat, eggs, honey, dried vegetables and condiments, fruit are now also part of the Agri-Ethique approach, the first French fair trade label. This initiative is led by Le Domaine de Marcerolles, a brand located in southeastern France. Starting in May, cherries, apricots,…

Ian Yule - PlantTech Research Institute Limited

"We're not trying to create new sensors or robotics, but rather use AI systems to better utilise the technologies"

Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into fruit and vegetable growing operations, and making sense of all the data that exists, takes an 'all of industry' approach rather than a purely scientific one, according to a leading New Zealand-based research and development organisation. PlantTech…

Wholesale prices of fruit and vegetables on Casablanca market

This is an overview of the weekly wholesale prices for the most sold fruit and vegetables on the wholesale market in Casablanca (Morocco). These are minimum and maximum sales prices in Moroccan dirhams per kg. Of the 38 wholesale markets for fruit and vegetables in Morocco, the market in Casablanca is by…

BLE- Market report week 13 / 21:

'Spanish oranges formed the basis of the offers'

The basis of the supply was formed by Spanish blond oranges and, above all, Lane Late and Navelate. From Egypt came mainly Valencia Late, which were purchased primarily for juice production. Turkish Washington Navel disappeared from the stores selectively. Italian products, Moro and Tarocco, predominated…

SEPC

Southern Exposure wraps up successful in-person event

Last month, in-person trade shows returned to our industry with Viva Fresh in Texas. This week, it was SEPC’s turn with their Southern Exposure show. After postponing the event from its usual February date, the Southeast Produce Council was able to successfully hold the event with both in-person and…

Due to increase of Covid cases

Chennai prices likely to rise as 2,000 fruit and veg shops at Koyambedu are shut

The decision to close retail shops at the Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex in view of the new restrictions announced by the state government will probably result in bigger…

Industry partners call for complete removal of vegetable import quota

Russian Federation proposes raising quota for Turkish tomatoes

Russian officials have proposed to increase the quota for tomato imports from Turkey. According to a publication on a government website on Wednesday, Russia’s Agriculture…

Fortune Agribusiness - Southbank, Victoria

Fruit grower gets largest Northern Territory water licence ever

Fortune Agribusiness is a Southbank company that plans to build a massive Central Australian fruit and vegetable farm. Last Thursday, it was handed the biggest water license…

The frost in Spain in the third weekend of March caused damage worth 55 million euro

According to the claims reports received by Agroseguros, the abrupt drop in temperatures and frosts recorded during the weekend of March 19 to 21 in Spain affected nearly…

PMA virtual town hall

Overview of technologies that help fighting food waste

This week’s PMA virtual town hall focused on technologies that work to reduce food waste. Ed Tracy, PMA’s Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustainability, explains: “More and more consumers are looking to support brands and organizations whose goals align with theirs. Among the values they look for is…

How produce performed at retail stores throughout the pandemic to date

SEPC Southern Exposure’s annual Power of Produce presentation

After being postponed from its usual February date, SEPC Southern Exposure 2021 kicked off this week. Yesterday featured the annual Power of Produce educational session, where Anne-Marie Roerink, President of 210 Analytics, discussed a few of the key point of this annual report which is available through…

South Carolina Department of Agriculture

South Carolina farmers excited for 2021 growing season

After a difficult year, South Carolinians can look forward to the simple pleasures of juicy red strawberries, sweet watermelons, refreshing cucumbers, ripe peaches, fresh…

How the New Zealand agriculture industry is preparing to enter the "golden age" of robotics

The horticulture and agritech industries are at the start of the golden age of robotics and automation, according to a leading New Zealand-based company. Rocos provides the support to connect robotics to what 'The Cloud' has to offer including AI, 3rd party API's and visualization, as well as helping to…

Vietnamese fruits and vegetables sector targets $10 billion in exports

Vietnam’s agricultural sector is determined to improve the quality of its products to meet import market standards and achieve the export target of $10 billion by 2030.…

US letter raises alarm over deteriorating trade relationship with Mexico

Twenty-seven US food and agriculture associations have raised the alarm over what they claim is a rapidly deteriorating trade relationship with Mexico, as relating to food and…

Swing.bio producers and Ekölo association

France: Launch of a collaborative vegetable garden to reconnect children with nature

The Ekölo association, based in Bréal-sous-Monfort (near Rennes, in Ille-et-Villaine), and producers of the Swing.bio apple (Sarthe) are joining forces to build an educational…

UAE consumer chooses locally-grown fruits and vegetables

Barakat is an important supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables in the UAE. In many parts of the country, consumers began valuing fresh produce sourced locally, hoping it would…

South Korean agri exports hit all-time high in Q1

South Korean agri exports products reached an all-time high in the first quarter of 2021, on the back of strong demand for kimchi and processed foods. The record amount of…

Prices of Ugandan tomatoes are up due to rising demand in Kenya

Kenya’s decision to re-open its market for Uganda’s produce has increased demand for all kinds of produce from the country. This, in turn, has led to an increase in the prices…

Russian quota on tomato exports from Turkey to expire soon

Russia’s export quota for tomato producers and exporters from Turkey will soon expire. Industry officials are looking for a complete removal of the quotas that are currently…

Abu Dhabi: Silal signs up 850 farms to supply fresh produce

Abu Dhabi's new fresh produce and agritech company Silal has signed agreements with more than 850 local farms to supply more than 30,000 tons of fresh produce during the…

Spanish fruit and veg imports up 190% since 1995

Spanish fruits and vegetables compete with Italian produce both on the national market and abroad. Since Madrid entered the common market in 1985, but above all since the…

USDA

2020 United States Agricultural Export Yearbook

Canada remained top US export market, accounting for 49 percent of total

The 2020 US Agricultural Export Yearbook provides a statistical summary of US agricultural commodity exports to the world and the United States’ primary trading partners. In 2020, the value of US fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the world reached $6.9 billion, a 2- percent decline from the prior…

Statistics Canada

FCC publishes 2021 Food and Beverage Report

'Creating opportunity from resilience'

The FCC Food and Beverage Report highlights opportunities and risks for Canadian food manufacturers to help navigate the economic recovery.  The onset of COVID-19 provoked shockwaves throughout the agri-food supply chain. Shutting down foodservices caused significant disruptions as manufacturers were forced…

Wholesale prices of fruit and vegetables on Casablanca market

This is an overview of the weekly wholesale prices for the most sold fruit and vegetables on the wholesale market in Casablanca (Morocco). These are minimum and maximum sales prices in Moroccan dirhams per kg. Of the 38 wholesale markets for fruit and vegetables in Morocco, the market in Casablanca is by…

Yarrabilba Circular Food Economy

A Queensland project utilising horticulture production and waste reduction to create a sustainable food city

A community in Queensland is on track to become Australia's ‘sustainable food city’, featuring digitally integrated urban horticulture and community composting systems. Yarrabilba is a 2,062-hectare purpose-built town in South East Queensland, and the project, which is being co-ordinated by the Food…

Vietnam sees encouraging results from fruit and vegetable exports

In the first two months of 2021, Vietnam exported US$610 million worth of fruit and vegetables, up 14.6% over the same period last year. In addition to strong growth in…

Covid increases risk of European companies ‘dumping' products in NZ

Experts claim that New Zealand industries need to be on the lookout for overseas companies intent on dumping their surpluses in New Zealand. For instance, the potato industry…

The European Commission sees favorable prospects for EU agricultural markets in 2021

According to the 'Short-term Outlook for EU agricultural markets in 2021' report recently produced by the European Commission, the outlook for European agricultural markets in…

BLE Market Report - Week 12:

'Dutch cucumbers dominated'

Dutch cucumbers dominated the market. In terms of importance, German and Belgian batches came after these .Greek imports were available in sparse quantities, exclusively in Berlin. In general, the availability of large caliber cucumbers was rather low, which had a varying effect on prices, which increased selectively. On the…

PMA town hall

Foodservice sees improvement as restaurants wrap up a strong first quarter

This week’s PMA virtual town hall featured speakers from the foodservice industry and examined how the foodservice industry has been bouncing back in recent months. Peter Rosenberg, Director of Operational Support at Texas Roadhouse, Brandon Stewart, President and CEO of Starboard Investments and…

Produce industry comments on merger between PMA and United Fresh

Yesterday, the Boards of Directors of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) announced they reached an Agreement in Principle to create a new global trade association. Both organizations will combine their resources and expertise to enhance member…

#ZimAgricRising

Zimbabwe: Output of several farm products climbing sharply for years now

Zimbabwe is looking at one of the biggest harvests in a long time this year, thanks to good rains, improved preparation and an emerging wave of young farmers. The government…

Namibian state bodies ordered to buy more local products

According to the financial report for 2019, created by the Agro-Marketing and Trading Agency, government offices, ministries, and agencies (OMAs) only bought 200 tonnes of…

IAG Cargo breaks Kenyan record for biggest air shipment

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) shipped 53.8 tons of cargo on a cargo-only flight from Nairobi, Kenya to London-Heathrow in March – a…

Demers to build large fruit and vegetable greenhouses in Quebec

"This 70M investment will reduce dependence on imported fresh"

Productions Horticoles Demers, a Quebec greenhouse production company, will more than double its output with the construction of a new, 15-hectare greenhouse In Lévis.…

Farm-to-Fork Focus: SPAR Shandong’s sourcing success

Food quality and safety are becoming increasingly top of mind for shoppers around the globe. In China, SPAR Shandong’s farm-to-fork strategy meets these demands by raising the bar in direct sourcing. This approach is boosting efficiency, transparency, and traceability along the whole supply chain.  More than…

India: Nashik farmers affected by closures of weekly markets

Farmers from Nashik, who are already getting poor prices for their produce during the pandemic, are further distressed as the weekly bazaars have also been closed down. Most…

Aldi wants to carry more water-efficient fruit and vegetables

Aldi will be imposing stricter rules on its suppliers. That's regarding water usage in fruit and vegetable cultivation. The discounter wants water to be used more efficiently…

Ronnie Moorman and Loek Smets about Easter sales

"Trade priced quite high toward Easter"

The week before Easter always guarantees good fruit and vegetable sales. How are things going this year? What are the top sellers? What impact is the good weather having? And which products aren't in stock? We asked Ronnie Moorman of Willem Dijk AGF and Loek Smets of P. Smets & Zn about this. These…

Georgi Kirkov (Bulgarfrukt Ltd.) on the development of the Bulgarian agricultural economy

"Major investments in fruit protection, post-treatment, packaging and cultivation technology"

With the arrival of the first cucumbers from greenhouse production in early March, this year's harvest season has officially begun in Bulgaria. Exports of fruit and vegetables from the Eastern European country have developed rapidly in recent years. However, the huge potential of the agricultural economy…

Namibian agricultural production drops to 2016 levels

Namibia’s agri production dropped by N$2 billion last year, ending up at the 2016 production levels. The Namibia Agricultural Union has compiled production value estimates of…

Agriculture Sector Network ASNET welcomes UK-Kenya Free Trade Agreement

Kenya agriculture sector umbrella body, The Agriculture Sector Network, ASNET, has lauded the recently ratified Economic Partnership Agreement between Kenya and UK saying it will go a long way in boosting economic development and job creation. The trade deal allows tariff-free market access for Kenyan…

India Hyderabad tomato prices dropping as new arrivals pick up

Hyderabad’s Gudimalkapur Market receives 400 tons of vegetables every day: With the rabi season coming to an end, the markets in the city, particularly the Gudimalkapur…

Hortyfruta is working so that the extension of the quality standard can be applied this year

The Interprofessional Organization of Fruits and Vegetables of Andalusia (Hortyfruta) held its XIV Ordinary General Assembly in El Ejido in which it presented the actions that…

Bangladesh

Dhaka's kitchen markets revving up ahead of Ramadan

In one week, the prices of most vegetables have doubled in Dhaka’s kitchen markets due to a supply crunch. Consumers have urged the government to take proper steps to control…

Philippines: Agricultural trade down by 6.8%

The total agricultural trade of the Philippines in the fourth quarter of 2020, amounting to US$4.66 billion, fell at an annual rate of 6.8 percent. This was faster than the…

Maharashtra farmers oppose more lockdowns

After an announcement by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, indicating that a state-wide lockdown could be imminent to deal with rising cases of Covid-19, Maharashtra farmers…

Michigan: March weather is waking up plants and some crops

For most plants warm temperatures -let’s say around 42oF- are like a wake-up call, informing them it’s spring. According to Dr. Bill Shane of the MS.U. Extension, if a day’s…

CEO of CropLife Latin America:

'Latin America & Caribbean could become one of the great food-producing regions of the world'

The CEO of CropLife Latin America, José Perdomo, recently issued a statement saying: "Latin America and the Caribbean is essential for food security and the provision of…

Former Vegetables New Zealand director Mark O’Connor:

‘Vegetable growers produce fresh, healthy and sustainable produce, yet are undervalued in NZ’

Former Vegetables New Zealand director Mark O’Connor says vegetable growers produce fresh, healthy and sustainable produce, yet growers are very undervalued in New Zealand. He…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week prices stood at £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon

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 stood at £0.80 for bananas from…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

'Continuing increases in fuel costs continue to affect domestic grower‐shippers and importers'

The continuing increases in fuel costs and associated trucking shortages continue to affect both domestic grower‐shippers as well as importers. The high costs combined with low demand mean that in many cases movement numbers are down, especially as the harvest season on certain commodities draws to a…

Casablanca market's fruit and vegetable wholesale prices

Here's an overview of weekly wholesale prices on the Casablanca wholesale market in Morocco. These are for the most traded fruit and vegetables. It concerns the minimum and maximum sales price in Moroccan dirhams/kg. There are 38 wholesale markets in Morocco. Of these, Casablanca is, by far, the largest.…

Fred Douven and Guus Coppus, abbGrowers, the Netherlands:

“New premium juice line, 1kg berries, and asparagus in containers"

"Squeezing everything out of blueberries." That's abbGrowers, in the Netherlands, credo. Fred Douven, therefore, stubbornly disregards requests to offer a broader soft fruit package. "Blueberries still offer a huge amount of potential. The market is growing by 15 to 18% annually. It's now the…

Fruchtgroßhandel Hübler on the current sales situation at the Leipzig wholesale market

"Stable wholesale business, deliveries at minimum levels"

Due to rising Corona numbers, once again there is the threat of a hard lockdown eastern Germany. Naturally, the current developments are keeping the market companies at the Leipzig wholesale market on their toes as well. The sales department of Hübler Fruchthandelsgesellschaft knows that renewed…

Produce industry excited to return to first in-person event

This past Saturday, March 27, Viva Fresh Expo was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX. It was the first in-person event in more than a year. Attendees were ecstatic about the great atmosphere. “There was a real excitement in the air as the industry embarks on its first live show since the…

BRICS countries might offer the agriculture markets SA needs

The South African agricultural sector is export-orientated, with exports accounting for about half of the production in value terms, about US$10,2bn (about R150bn) in 2020 (up…

Plant export Industry Advice Notice

New Zealand lifts suspension on export of all fresh cucurbit species produced in Queensland

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has released a new Industry Advice Notice (IAN), to advise industry that New Zealand has lifted the suspension…

Reaching $6.3 billion

Peruvian exports to the US grew during 2020

The long and strategic trade partnership between Peru and the United States is strong, successfully surviving the Covid-19 pandemic, with sectors like agriculture, seafood,…

University of California, Berkeley research

Ice-fighting bacteria could aid crops against frost damage

Every spring, California farmers have to be on the lookout for signs of frost. Faced with the prospect of losing an entire season’s harvest, growers spend millions of dollars…

Mexico and Morocco strengthen their commercial relationship and their technical and scientific cooperation

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) of Mexico, Victor Villalobos, and the Moroccan ambassador to Mexico, Abdelfattah Lebbar, held an online…

Global Fruit Latam Conference

"Diversification of markets and product branding will be key for Latin America"

The Global Fruit Latam conference wraps up today, March 26th, and multiple more educational sessions and discussions are planned for the day. Yesterday, one of the discussion panels looked at the challenges and opportunities for Latin America in the international market. The panel was led in discussion…

Rohlik Group present the appealing future of food: Apeel's longer-lasting fruit

Keep fruit & vegetables fresh for up to 2x longer than before. Rohlik Group have begun a mission with Apeel to create a more sustainable global food system by using the power…

Saint Lucia government aims for more resilient agri sector

The government of St Lucia has stated it is committed to building resilience in the national agricultural sector.  In a press release, the government stated: “The government understands…

Shortages and higher prices expected in short-term

Floods are hurting some NSW farmers

Local Northern NSW supermarkets have been stripped bare as freight companies struggle with the closure of major routes like the Bells Line of Road and the Pacific Highway on…

Indian government set to work towards GI tags

Goa’s famous Mankurad mango, the Taleigao variety of brinjal (aubergine) and Saat Shireacho Bhendo (lady’s finger) may soon find themselves on the global map if the Indian…

BayWa defies the Corona crisis and grows significantly in 2020

BayWa AG, Munich, significantly exceeded its targets for the financial year 2020 despite the restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. At €215.2 million, earnings…

Cushioning the loss of passenger traffic

Nigerian food export witness 50% surge as airlines scramble for cargo

Air cargodata is showing that exports are steadily on the upward movement, though imports declined due to the pandemic. This development is not unconnected with the growing…

Nginyii, Laikipia County

Kenyan village unable to deter elephants

The nightly routine of residents of Nginyii village in Laikipia County has been disturbed by an invasion of elephants. At night, the animals descend from the nearby Lolldaiga…

Different sales channels for Biotesoro

"I used to design cars for Alfa Romeo, now I produce organic fruit and vegetables"

Salvatore Palmieri is a young entrepreneur from Policoro (Matera), Italy, with a degree in architecture and design. He is the owner of Biotesoro, a company that disposes of 10 hectares and was founded about 3 years ago. The crops are grown organically. Salvatore Palmieri, owner of Biotesoro "After my studies,…

BLE Market Report - Week 11:

'Season for small citrus fruits consistently progressed toward its end'

The season for small citrus fruit was consistently coming to an end: both demand and availability were dwindling. In addition, the organoleptic properties of the offerings were dropping off visibly. Perfect quality batches were rare and therefore prices increased in various cases. Spanish Nadorcott and…

Global Fruit Latam conference kicks off

Global technology and market trends in the produce industry

Yesterday was the first day of the first edition of the Global Fruit Latam conference, which will last through Friday March 26th. The virtual conference features educational sessions and webinars, as well as a networking area and has participants from over 60 countries. The conference’s goal is to…

Philippines: Suspension of pesticide residue fees should boost fruits & veg exports

The suspension of the pesticide residue fees is expected to give Philippine exports of fruits and vegetables a big boost. This would follow a substantial decrease in 2020, it…

Prices of green pepper, green onion and cabbage 52.6 percent are up

South Korea sees inflationary pressure on a stagnant economy

Last February, South Korea’s producer prices went up for the fourth straight month, adding inflationary pressure on a stagnant economy. The preliminary producer price index…

Constructionreviewonline.com

Kangari, Kenya

Construction of modern market facility has started in Murang’a county

The construction of a modern market complex has gotten underway in Kangari town, Murang’a county. Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i recently launched the US$3.1 mln project which should spur on horticulture and fruit farming in the region. According to Matiang’i, once completed, the project…

Vietnam aims for US$10 billion from fruit & vegetable exports by 2030

Vietnam hopes to gain US$8-10 billion from shipping fruits and vegetables abroad, with revenue of processed products accounting for at least 30 percent of the total by 2030.…

Spain: Andalusia smashes fruit & vegetable export record

Andalucia has broken a new record in fruit and vegetable sales abroad during 2020. It is an all-time high since there are comparable records (1995), entailing a 3.5% growth…

Ausveg

Harvest to Home Covid-19 trends

Fresh produce annual wrap-up of 2020

As part of the Hort Innovation-funded Harvest to Home project, global information and measurement company Nielsen has produced a comprehensive wrap-up of the trends on the fresh produce industry following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. AUSVEG presents a summary of the report. Fresh produce trends Total…

NL: Fruit Market International's webshop goes live

Fruit Market International (FMI) is a Dutch company. Their webshop is now live. "We've recently worked hard behind the scenes to develop it. Now we can proudly say our entire…

A focus on quality helps drive continued sales growth in Asia for table grape farmer in challenging year

A Victorian table grape producer is highlighting the importance of good quality fruit in a COVID-19 affected period, as it has helped him continue his sales growth in Asia. Budou Farms, in Merbein Victoria, supplies premium grapes primarily into the Japanese market, with the latest shipment arriving…

Honduras' trade deficit increased in January because of the decrease in fruit exports

In January 2021, the trade balance deficit of Honduras stood at 464.3 million dollars, i.e. 1.9% higher than in the same month of the previous year. In that period, exports…

But shortage expected to be short-lived

South Africa: Tomatoes suddenly in scarce supply and expensive

Quality tomatoes have been tough to find in South Africa in recent weeks, as heavy rains at the start of the year in the Limpopo valley negatively affected the harvests. This…

UK imports of Moroccan fruit and vegetables have increased since Brexit

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on December 31, 2020, Moroccan exports of fruit and vegetables to that nation have grown exponentially. Ever since the Brexit…

South African agriculture sees more export opportunities within BRICS countries

In the past decade, South Africa's agricultural sector has expanded. Compared to the sector's gross value-added in 2010, it has now expanded by 44%. In volume terms, South Africa's agricultural production has grown by 19% over the same period. This expansion has occurred across all subsectors of…

Dining Alliance partners with Loffredo Fresh Foods

Loffredo Fresh Foods, an Iowa-based food distributor long known and respected for its delivery of fresh produce across the Midwest, has partnered with Dining Alliance, the…

Fresh Innovation has a new brand name:

StixFresh USA, Inc. announces name change to Ryp Labs, Inc.

In keeping with its evolution as award-winning food and crop protection company developing and commercializing transformative, innovative technologies to significantly reduce…

Arup

If Bradford gets a Northern Powerhouse Rail station

St James Wholesale Market could become a 'northern food hub'

Interested parties state a 'northern food hub' could be created in Bradford if a wholesale market site in the city is turned into a station for the Northern Powerhouse rail high speed line. Yesterday, Bradford's council leader Susan Hinchcliffe said that St James Market, the biggest wholesale market site…

More Azerbaijani enterprises can now export tomatoes to Russia

The Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan and other relevant agencies continue to take joint measures to remove restrictions on the export of tomatoes and apples to Russia. As a…

Are onion and potato exports from Ukraine to Africa feasible?

At the moment, Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most undervalued sales markets in the world, said Artem Gudkov, co-founder of Global Ukrainian Distribution, Investment and…

Diether Everaerts, Belgische Fruitveiling

“Belgian strawberry prices won't drop for three weeks”

The Belgische Fruitveiling received the first strawberries of the season late last week. "That's a little later than usual," says Diether Everaerts of this Belgian cooperative. "That's due to the weather and the slightly later planting. The strawberries' quality is good. We sell them under Truval, our…

Customers of Aldi, the Spanish supermarket chain, are purchasing more organic products

The supermarket chain Aldi is registering more sales of organic products. According to the company's own data, 24% of its customers incorporate at least one organic product on…

Australian postal ban could prohibit online farm sales

Growers want Australia Post to drop plans outlawing the sending of some foods through the post. They claim that for some farm businesses, the move to online trade during…

Southern Downs Region, Queensland

Stanthorpe welcomes soaking rains

Stanthorpe growers are singing in the rain as Storm King Dam levels peaked overnight. APAL director and apple grower Rosie Savio said some districts had received up to 180 mm…

Treating the technology uptake more seriously could have major growth potential for NZ's ag businesses

A leading New Zealand technology representative body has told a major agtech conference that not enough businesses across the country are thinking about or taking up technology, which can prevent growth not just to the individual business, but the wider economy. NZTech was one of nine presentations on…

Juan Marin, president of Eucofel:

"The future of the fruit and vegetable sector is bigger than its present"

In the last year, the fruit and vegetable sector has faced significant challenges that have tested its resilience. The sector, which faced the health crisis unleashed by…

Cirio is best-selling Italian tomato brand in the UK

In 2020, the Cirio tomato conquered the tables of the British. Despite all the Brexit troubles, it has confirmed its first place in the hit parade of the best-selling Italian…

Fruit and vegetable growers in flood affected New South Wales waiting to see full impacts of the disaster

Fruit and vegetable wholesalers are hoping that the impacts from the flooding in Northern New South Wales remain minimal to supply. In what the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian labelled as a "one-in-100-year event" for the Mid-North Coast, some towns have been evacuated and other regions are on standby to…

Central Queensland: Fruit growers see full dams for first time in four years

Although the heavy rains have been quite devastating for residents in parts of South East Queensland, producers on the now-lush central Queensland coast cannot complain, with…

Jammu & Kashmir government sanctions modified High Density Plantation Scheme

The Jammu & Kashmir government has sanctioned the implementation of the modified High Density (HD) plantation scheme, under which 5,500 hectares of horticulture land will be…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average week price £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon

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 £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon,…

Morocco: Organic farming sector still expanding

Morocco’s organic farming sector has seen rapid growth in the last years, and there are no indications it is slowing. Besides the Green Morocco Plan, the country has made…

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports fell in January

The volume of fresh fruit and vegetables exported by Spain in January fell by 7.4% compared to the same month in 2020, totaling 1.2 million tons, according to data from the…

China is the largest import market of Russian agricultural products

Russian agricultural export sets new record

The 2020 agricultural export report of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture shows that Russia exported a record volume of agricultural products despite the Covid-19 pandemic.…

US retail report

2021’s strong start for produce continues in February

“In December, we saw consumers moving around much more than any other month during the pandemic,” said Jonna Parker, Team Lead Fresh for IRI. “But come February, trips and basket size trends moved back to the patterns that we saw throughout most of 2020. Trips fell below 2020 levels in February, whereas…

Information Office for Fruit and Vegetables: annual statistics for the fruit and vegetable market in Norway

Developments in the Norwegian fruit and vegetable market 2020

From 2019 to 2020, the market for fresh vegetables has increased by 1% in volume, while for fresh fruit there was a decrease of 1%. Fresh berries had the largest decline of as…

Ireland allocated €1.8 mln in EU school fruit, vegetables scheme

The European Commission has announced the budget of the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme for the school year 2021/2022. An amount of €220 million has been made available for the next school year to distribute fruit, vegetables and milk. Ireland’s definitive allocation for school fruit and…

Uzbekistan tightens control over supply of tomatoes to Russia

Uzbekistan’s State Plant Quarantine Inspection under the Cabinet of Ministers has held a videoconference with the Rosselkhoznadzor. The parties discussed the measures…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update - Week of March 14-20

Mexican asparagus movement expected to decrease as season winds down

This report provides trend analysis of the volume and prices of Seasonal Perishable commodities. Volume represents current week and prices represent open (spot) market sales by first handlers on product of generally good quality and condition unless otherwise stated and may include promotional allowances…


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