General fresh produce

Cayman Islands must reduce hundreds of millions in food imports

It will come as no surprise to the average Caymanian that almost all food consumed on-island is imported. Given that imported foods (even in the case of fruit and vegetables)…

Onions on 216,800 - tomatoes on 65,600

Pakistan: Potatoes to be cultivated on 465,400 ha

Pakistan has set a target to cultivate potatoes over 465,400 ha of land, onions on 216,800 ha and tomatoes on 65,600 ha during the 2019-20 rabi  (winter crop) season. The aim is…

Fruttattiva company takes stock of the market situation

Italy: good performance for autumn-winter productions, weak market for grapes

As regards trade in summer fruit, after a still summer, during which supply was higher than demand and a slowdown in sales was registered, from last week a recovery has been taking place. "The amount of supplied volumes of late-ripening stone fruit has decreased. As a consequence prices are rising…

Productive season for fruit and veg growers in the Crimea

Crimean agricultural producers have provided some figures on the fruit and vegetable production on the peninsula, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of…

US-Japan interim trade agreement: A big win for Virginia farmers

According to an article on augustafreepress.com, Virginia farmers stand to benefit from the recently signed U.S.-Japan interim trade agreement. The agreement will lower or completely cut tariffs for many agricultural products, including fresh and frozen beef and pork, according to a statement from the…

Lorenzo Carrasco, of Grupo LC:

“The Spanish import campaign has started with quality and stable prices”

At the end of September, the European import campaign started in Spain with apples and pears from Italy, France and the Netherlands; Italian table grapes, Italian and Greek kiwifruit, etc. “The origins and channels of our import markets are highly consolidated, with stable quality and prices. We continue…

Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports increased by 6.8% in 2019

Between January and August 2019, Peruvian agricultural exports grew by 5.3%, mainly driven by fresh fruits and vegetables, which registered an increase of 6.8% over the same period of 2018, according to data provided by the Association of Agricultural Producer Guilds of Peru (AGAP). Fresh fruit exports…

Vegetable farming in Bangladesh rises sharply

The vegetable production numbers in Bangladesh have recently increased sharply as the farmers in the country have started farming on a more commercial basis. According to…

Indian government reviews tomato price situation

In view of rising prices of tomatoes, which have crossed ₹60 per kg (€0.77) in some parts of the country, including Delhi, consumer affairs secretary A.K. Srivastava on Friday…

Honghui Fruit and Vegetables invests 280 million yuan in Malaysian tropical fruit orchard

Honghui Fruit and Vegetables Joint-Stock Co., Ltd. (hereafter referred to as 'Honghui Fruit and Vegetables'), announced on the 9th of October, 2019, their investment of 280…

The Spanish food distribution sector grew by 1.5% in 2018

According to the '2019 Sectoral report of the Spanish economy', prepared by the Risk Unit of Cesce, the Spanish food distribution sector saw its turnover increase by 1.5% in 2018 thanks, in large part, to the purchase of more expensive items. The report points to the commitment to fresh products and the…

Spanish agro-food exports to the United Kingdom broke records in 2018

According to the Bilateral Report on Agro-food Trade between Spain and the United Kingdom, released by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA),…

Demand for Peruvian products in Saudi Arabia on the rise

Peru, one of the world's fastest-growing Latin American nations, is all set to expand its exports of a wide range of goods to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), a move that is…

Carrefour Brasil incorporates blockchain for the traceability of premium oranges

As reported by the Bitcoinfeed and TIinside, media, Carrefour, the international supermarket chain, has announced that it will carry out the traceability of oranges harvested and sold in its supermarkets in Brazil through the use of blockchain.  According to the media outlets, the idea is to guarantee the…

Different fruit and veg sold at wholesale markets in Guangzhou & Hong Kong

Fruit and vegetable wholesale markets in Hong Kong and Guangzhou have one thing in common, that is, both have a large number of imported products. However, in Hong Kong, the quantity and variety of products are more diverse than those in Guangzhou. In wholesale markets in Guangzhou, more locally produced…

Protests in Ecuador causing issues for exporters:

"Roadblocks are preventing us from getting our product to the ports"

Protests in Ecuador are still ongoing, and the violence has not yet died down. Roadblocks have been put into place since October 3rd, causing difficulties for producers and exporters because they are unable to move their product. Depending on the product, some companies have already experienced losses,…

Peruvian Hass avocado from Valle del Cauca attracts international investors

Businessmen from Japan, Korea, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Colombia went to Cali for the celebration of the “Connect with the Port of Buenaventura and the Agroindustrial Potential of Valle del Cauca” Avocado Tour, to learn about the offer of the Valle del Cauca region and its possibilities. The…

Will Brexit open up a new market for Latin American agri products?

Currently 73% of all UK agricultural imports come from the EU. That heavy dependence sparked a report by the British parliament expressing concern about the UK’s food security…

2018 net fresh fruit imports for Singapore totaled $528 million USD

USDA Report on retail foods in Singapore shows that the net fresh fruit imports for 2018 came out to $528 million. The top four major supply sources for Singapore were…

Collapse of Bulgarian fruit and veg exports

Еxpоrts оf Bulgаriаn fruits аnd vеgеtаblеs аrе соllаpsing, as shown by dаtа frоm thе Ministry оf Аgriсulturе, Fооd аnd Fоrеstry. In thе first six mоnths оf this yеаr, Bulgaria…

Polish fruit production falling by 20 to 25%

In Poland, this year's fruit harvest from trees in orchards is estimated at nearly 3.4 million tons, or nearly 25 percent less than the record production achieved in 2018, as…

Syria: Unprofitable tomato season for Daraa province

Although Syria’s Daraa province witnessed high efficiency and abundant quantities of tomatoes this year, still the farmers were stricken with losses. The reasons for this are…

'Costa Rica most heavily exporting country of Central America'

The Presidents and Executive Directors of COEXPORT of El Salvador, AGEXPORT of Guatemala, FPX of Honduras, APEN of Nicaragua, CADEXCO of Costa Rica, APEX of Panama, and ADOEXPO Dominican Republic, are all members of the Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters of Central America the Caribbean…

Arnaud Gavila, Euronego SL:

“Supermarkets want better quality fresh produce"

“Supermarket consumers want more and more quality products, in France and in Europe. For now, I work mostly with wholesalers, but my next goal is to expand my work with retailers,” explains Arnaud Gavila of Euronego SL, an import-export company located in Spain. “Supermarkets used to be seen as ‘cheap’…

Australian scientists want hairy & motivated flies

Australian scientists are on the lookout for energetic flies with… well, plenty of body hair. Yes, you read that right. Flies wanted with a lot of body hair to pollinate crops and help expand Australia’s fruit, vegetables and nut production. Pollination is vital to the success of many fruit, nut and…

BBC2 documentary

“What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day”

Nationwide Produce, based in Lancashire, is one of the largest, longest-established and most diverse produce companies in Europe. IT is involved in growing, grading, packing and buying and selling sell fresh produce. The BBC shot a documentary at Nationwide’s new distribution center in Evesham, titled…

Drop in quotations at the Lusia fresh produce market

September was rather stable when it comes to the weather, with mild temperatures and well-distributed rainfall.  After the positive past few months, the trend at the Lusia fresh produce market remained positive with quotations on the up for good part of the products thanks to the lively demand, while others…

93% of the value of Spanish fruit and vegetable exports came from the EU

According to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, during the first seven months of 2019, the turnover generated by Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports stood at 8,673 million Euro, 8,035 of which corresponded to the EU market. This is 93% of the total and 4% more than in the same…

US importers set to deal with new round of tariffs on European goods

Importers in the United States are still assessing the impact of the recently announced new set of tariffs in imported goods. This time, the United States will impose a raft of additional duties on European imports. These range from aircraft to Scotch whiskey to clothing, but there are also certain…

Spain: Almería’s horticultural season started earlier

The 2019-2020 season in Almería is already underway, which means it is several weeks ahead of its usual dates. However, this might be quite important, as the horticultural…

Eurostat

Trade statistics on fruit and fresh vegetables sector in the EU

About 1.5 million holdings in the European Union manage fruit orchards and about 0.8 million farms cultivate fresh vegetables A little over 1.5 million farms in the EU managed fruit orchards in 2016, which was equivalent to about one in every seven (14.8 %) of all the EU's farms which had some utilised…

BLE Market Report KW39/19:

Tomatoes: Dutch and Belgian lots central in a lush assortment

Dutch and Belgian lots were at center stage in a lush range. Poland mainly sent tomatoes. Italy mostly contributed cherry tomatoes. Germany and Spain had a complementary character. The sales were quite uneven. In general, demand could be covered with ease and the quality usually left nothing to be desired.…

Potato harvest in the final stages, quiet market for onions and carrots

The Austrian table potato market shows a balanced picture. With mostly optimal soil conditions, harvesting progresses rapidly in many places - supply pressure is still not on.…

José Luis Hernández, president of COATO:

"The recent heavy storms won't cause any market shortage issues"

“This year's table grape campaign, which takes place between July and December, is marked by good production volumes, even for the local Crimson variety with seeds. So far, the prices have been acceptable. It is true that the quality has been variable and the rains have had an impact on it; however, the…

China initiates protocols for the import of Dominican products

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, in a press release, revealed that it has begun the process of sanitary validation for the export of locally produced Hass avocado, cocoa, mango, pineapple, and bananas to China. The negotiations are being carried out within the framework of the new…

How natural and political unpredictability impacts demand for global produce

Vanguard International Group recently published a piece commenting on global trade and how political uncertainty and natural events have an impact on the produce industry. Below is the article that Vanguard published, along with a link: In the fresh produce industry, unpredictability is a given. Early…

Australian producers and retailers:

“Don’t prod fruit to check out whether it is ripe”

Who among us isn’t guilty of some questionable supermarket behaviour? But does that include squeezing fruit to find out what is ripe and what will only have a few hours…

China: "To guarantee quality of fruit and veg we need efficient post-harvest management"

Freshness is an important concern in the agricultural market. China has continuously increased the requirements for the safe and environmentally friendly use of chemicals in…

Workshop discusses supply chain trends in China

On September 28th, the “Future Agriculture and Fresh Supply Chain” workshop, organized by vcearth.com, a service platform for the agriculture sector, took place in Beijing, when around 250 people took part. This workshop discussed technological innovations “from the field to the table”, where guests from…

Kenya intends to rescind GMO ban

Kenya, that has had a ban on GM technology in place since 2012, is set to soon allow genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and products. Kenyan officials have revealed intentions to lift the ban…

Three servings of fruit and six of vegetables per day

Study on slowing down memory loss in men

Eating fruits and vegetables every day helps ensure a healthy physique, but according to a recent study they also may be essential for a strong brain too. The study found that…

FAO trains Syrian refugees in Turkey

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has organized vocational training for the Syrian refugees in cooperation with the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The training program was provided for Syrian refugees and the local people in Sanliurfa to acquire skills and…

5,000 hectares of crops in Peru have been abandoned due to a lack of irrigation infrastructure

The president of the Board of Users of Irrigation of the Middle and Lower Piura, Julio Taboada Yarleque, stated that S/23 million had been allocated for the reconstruction of irrigation systems in the valleys of the region, but that only 20% of the project has been completed because only nearly S/12…

US-Japan agreement to profit California specialty crops

California farm groups say the US' new trade deal with Japan will be a boon to their state's exports, including walnuts, as the 10 percent import duty imposed on these by the Asian nation will fall to zero immediately. President Trump and Japanese President Abe signed the deal today (Sept. 25) to…

Province of Tien Giang develops specialised vegetable-growing areas

The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has developed specialised vegetable growing areas that yield higher profits than rice. They include vegetable areas in Chau Thanh…

Turkish exporters aim for top spot in Russian fruit market

Turkish fresh fruit and vegetable exporters want to again be Russia’s top supplier as the relations between the two countries is normalising. As part of their efforts to achieve this target, the fresh fruit and vegetable sector attended WorldFood Moscow 2019 organized Sept.23-27. A total of 33 Turkish…

Michel van den Berg, De Best AGF:

"Dutch market traders hardly ever pass their stalls from father to son anymore"

Michel van den Berg of De Best AGF is a Dutch wholesaler. He mainly supplies market vendors. This is a category that has undergone many changes in recent years. "There are hardly any businesses being passed from father to son anymore. Children see their fathers leave at 4 am, and not return until the…

CEO of Tesco says No-Deal Brexit is a real issue for fresh food in Britain

Speaking with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2019 in New York, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis says the issue in case of a no-deal Brexit is fresh…

Consequences for Canada both good and bad

“US ag industry nearing a marketing disaster”

These past few weeks, hardly a day goes by without some bad news from the American agri media about some market calamity as a result of President Trump’s trade war with China. It’s all because China has basically instituted a boycott of most imported US farm commodities in retaliation to high American…

Spanish fruit and vegetable imports down 4% between January and July 2019

According to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes published this week and processed by FEPEX, between January and July 2019 the volume of Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable imports fell by 4% compared to the same period of the previous year, totaling 1.9 million tons. Meanwhile, the value…

US Senator Gillibrand calls for investigation into produce pricing

While in the US in general, prices of fruits and vegetables have increased for both consumers and for wholesale buyers, the prices that farmers receive for these same products…

‘Impact of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables’

US researchers awarded $3.1 million grant for breast cancer risk study

An interdisciplinary research team from University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to measure the…

Reginald Jordens (Vita World) sees opportunities in the German market

"Greek fresh industry must reinvent itself after the Russia embargo"

For the Greek fresh food industry, the boycott of Russia introduced a few years ago was a great disappointment: For years, the Russians were among the most important importers of Greek fresh produce. Exploration of new markets is the motto and the first steps in the Western European trade have already been…

Produce market Rungis to foster partnership cooperation with Lusaka City Council

France: Largest fresh produce market pledges to partner with Zambian farmers

After France’s largest fresh produce market, Rungis, has pledged to work with the Paris Mission to foster partnership cooperation with Lusaka City Council (LCC) and Local Farmers in Zambia, Ambassador to France Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, undertook an exploratory tour for the Mission to learn and assess…

Twice the size of US market

China becomes most important export market for Chile

Chilean export data shows that the most important export market for Chile is China. The Chinese market buys around one third of all Chilean exports. That is twice as much as…

Diverse sales models in Chinese fresh produce sector

With the development of the economy and the improvement of living standards, China's fresh produce industry has gown quickly. Over recent years, there have been many emerging sales channels. Qing, Manager of vcearth.com, a service platform for the agriculture sector, talked about the development of the…

Josep Tejedo, director of Mercabarna:

"The largest European fruit and vegetable market is in Barcelona"

Josep Tejedo, director of Mercabarna, the largest fruit and vegetable market in Europe, was interviewed by the digital medium El Periódico about market dynamics and the…

India, a market with possibilities for Spanish fruits and vegetables

India, the second-largest producer of fruit and vegetables in the world after China, has increased its production in the last decade by a rate of 7% per year and currently produces around 275 million tons of fruits and vegetables, 65% of which correspond to vegetables. The international commercialization…

Spanish horticultural exports grew by 11% between January and July 2019

According to the latest data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, made public this week, Spain's vegetable sales between January and July 2019 amounted to 3.5…

Romania’s fruit and veg imports continue to outgrow exports

Romania's statistics on fruit and vegetable imports and exports have raised some concerns, as the country is paying more for imports each year, while the revenue generated…

Azerbaijan increases vegetable and fruit production

The nation of Azerbaijan has seen increase in the production of fruits and vegetables between January-September 2019. As of September 1, 2019, 1.28 million tons of vegetables and 382,400 tons of fruits and berries were harvested in Azerbaijan. These indicators are higher 11.3 percent and 5.6 percent…

USDA National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Advertised prices for specialty crops at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets

This week retailers offered the best of summer and fall together. Late season peaches, plums, zucchini, and cantaloupes kept the summer vibe going while new crop apples, tangerines, persimmons, and pears brought a taste of fall. Grapes, avocados, tomatoes, and berries spanned the season nicely. Potatoes,…

Solid year for UK fruit and vegetable wholesaler

Some solid numbers have been reported by a Birmingham-based global importer and wholesaler of fresh fruit and vegetables for its latest financial year. Minor, Weir and Willis,…

Intent on boosting exports

Myanmar draws up standards for 26 agricultural products

According to the Agriculture and Market Information Agency Monday, Myanmar has drawn up standards and specifications for 26 agricultural products to ensure them meet…

Slovakia: Reducing VAT to 10% on certain food stuffs

Value-added tax on selected foods, including dairy products and many types of fruit and vegetables typically grown in Slovakia, will fall from 20 percent to 10 percent, as…

ASEAN countries competing for bigger slice of Chinese fruit market

At this point in time, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Philippines are competing fiercely for a larger share of China's fruit market. According to statistics from the Customs Department of China in 2018, that nation imported fruits worth US$7.62 billion, up 36 per cent from the previous year. The total…

Harvesting has the president's attention

Belarus harvests in full swing

In Belarus, the harvesting campaign is in full swing. The harvesting of cereals will be followed by vegetable crops. According to an article on eng.belta.by, crops are also being gathered in from experimental fields of the Belarus president. They claim the Belarusian head of state pays a huge amount of attention to agriculture.…

Zimbabwe to ratify bilateral trade agreement with UK

Zimbabwe is on the verge of ratifying a bilateral trade agreement with the UK, which it aims to use to secure favorable terms of trade ahead of the expected exit of Britain…

Over 70 percent of Lidl's turnover comes from trade in Polish products

Lidl reports that it cooperates with 425 Polish suppliers who, thanks to the contract with the chain, exported goods with a total value of 4.8 tn PLN (1.1 tn EUR) within 2…

“Diverse range of vegetables in Hong Kong wholesale market”

In Hong Kong, many imported fruit and vegetables are consumed in the local market or transported to mainland China and other Asian markets. With different trade policies form those in Chinese cities, more fruit and vegetables are allowed to be imported into Hong Kong, allowing for more diversified market…

China: E-commerce platforms bring new opportunities for wholesalers

With the growth of Internet technology, e-commerce platforms have been becoming increasingly popular and buying fresh fruit and vegetables online is also gradually becoming a trend. Poyee, COO of FreshJN, discusses the strengths and trends of the online fresh business.  With the support of Guangzhou Jiangnan…

Iceland importer Jóhannes Þór Ævarsson on market trends:

“The low-carb trend has a big influence on the market”

Iceland’s main supply of fresh produce depends on the import industry, because the country’s climate doesn’t allow enough local production to sustain the country. Jóhannes Þór Ævarsson, managing director of fresh produce for Innnes import and wholesale company, tells us: “Our local greenhouse technology…

APMC market – Lasalgaon

India: Vegetable supply drops by 40 per cent at market

With the monsoon drawing to an end, the supply of vegetables at Vashi’s Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market has been affected and the prices of fruits and…

Spain is the leading organic fruit and vegetable producer in Europe

According to the 2019 Spanish economy sector report prepared by the Spanish Export Credit Insurance Company (CESCE), Spain is the leading organic producer in Europe, as well…

BLE Market Report KW 37/19:

'First domestic Alexander Lucas, Gellert and Conference pears appear right on time"

With regard to pears, Italy dominated the events with Santa Maria and Williams Christ. In the meantime, Abate Fetels have increasingly been handled loosely in 15 kg packs. The presence of Carmen was obviously limited. German Williams Christ and Gute Luise played a bigger role in the assortment, Clapp's…

Nepal: Vegetable prices shoot up - vendors blame rain

In Nepal, the vegetable prices have increased significantly as the festival of Dashain nears. Unfortunately, the consumer had to bear the brunt as the price of potatoes,…

Colombia negotiates with US for access of more fruit and vegetables

The Colombian Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Laura Valdivieso Jimenez, met with the United States Undersecretary of Commerce, Gilbert Kaplan, with the goal of increasing exports of key products for Colombian agriculture such as mango, pitahaya, or paprika to that market. WorkThis work, which is carried…

Colombia plans to increase cape gooseberry exports to the US

Colombia's National Association of Foreign Trade, Analdex, has the objective of increasing cape gooseberry exports to the US to 800 tons per year. To do this, ICA and Analdex signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the production and export of this fruit to the North American market. “This agreement…

US-China trade war might have lasting effect on Oregon exports

Recent trade disruptions have not only reduced exports of Oregon agricultural products; they could also stymie future growth opportunities, say state officials and industry…

Specialty crops bolstered Top 10 US commodity cash receipts in 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture issued an initial overview of agriculture cash receipts for last year. The industry overall received almost $50 million,…

Jordan Valley farmers welcome halt to citrus imports

According to a Jordan Valley Farmers Union statement on Tuesday, the Agriculture Ministry coordinates with farmers to protect local produce. There were reports of farmers protesting against the import of citrus fruits from abroad, President of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union Adnan Khaddam told The Jordan…

Mark Haynes - G's

G's looking to expand organic range into Asian markets

G’s have been attending Asia Fruit Logistica for the last four years, but this year was the first time they took a stand. “We work with Australian company One Harvest who are licenced to sell our ‘Love Beets’ brand, so it has been a good way to catch up with the team and other customers. This year we…

"Understanding overseas markets is the basis for expanding exports"

“In recent years, the ratio of fruit and vegetable exports from China has been shifting. Before 2018, vegetables were the main export products, mainly thanks to China being a large vegetable producer. In addition, the supply period of each production area succeed each other, which allows for stable…

First semester of 2019 remains negative for Italian exports

The negative trend of Italian exports continued during the first semester of 2019. According to the Fruitimprese processing of Istat data, an increase of exported volumes (6.8%) was met with a 3.5% drop in value. The balance went from the €320 million of June 2018 to the current €73 million (-77%).  Imports…

Growers have switched to other crops

Nigeria’s biggest tomato facility idle again

Nigeria’s biggest tomato plant is counting on the government’s restriction of food imports to sustain operations. This appeal was made after going idle again, just six months…

Exports of cucumbers from Armenia see growth of 174%

At a press conference in Vanadzor, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan presented the changes that have taken place in the agricultural sector in the first 8 months of 2019…

Brazil to import Egyptian garlic, grapes and citrus

On Monday, September 16, representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation received a Brazilian delegation -headed by Minister Tereza Cristina- to examine boosting trade exchanges. Egypt considers exporting garlic, grapes and citrus to Brazil. Within that context, the Brazilian…

New campaign starting in south-eastern Sicily

"It is still early to comment on the commercial season, because transplants are currently underway and will continue until December. We have 120 hectares destined to the production of PGI new carrots from Ispica plus 35 hectares of potatoes, 30 hectares of bell peppers and 45 hectares of zucchini, in…

More inspiring lectures about changing fruit industry at China FVF 2019

Initiated by China Entry and Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association and Great Wall Exhibitions, and organized in collaboration with strategic partners Xinfadi College for…

Hass avocado, cape gooseberry, and limes lead Colombian agricultural exports

Between January and August 2019, Colombian lime, Hass avocado, and cape gooseberry exports increased by 27% and 88%, exceeding the average 3.2% growth of agriculture in…

Chile: HortiTrade opens window for agricultural exports from O'Higgins

The celebration of the second edition of the Chilean horticultural fair HortiTrade 2019, in O'Higgins, generated a space for the growth and consolidation of new businesses for regional horticultural producers. In addition to obtaining important figures and data on the sector, entrepreneurs and producers…

Ghana: Vegetable exporters accuse Plant Protection Directorate of thwarting businesses

On Thursday, several Ghanaian fruit and vegetable exporters said they have folded up their businesses because of the undue delays by staff of the Plant Protection and…

"Structure of fruit sales market in China is changing"

With the rapid economic growth over recent years, China's middle class is constantly expanding, which means that the consumer base, with diversified demand for fruit and vegetables, is also growing. Exporters in many countries consider this growth as a good opportunity to export to China, but Mr. Liang…

Vietnamese fruit & vegetable exports drop 5.8 percent in eight months

The Agro Processing and Market Development Department (Agrotrade) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports…

Growers in Botswana want permanent ban on vegetable imports

Vegetable producers from all over Botswana are calling for a permanent ban on imports of tomatoes, potatoes, cabbages, carrots, beetroot and green peppers from South Africa (and other vegetable exporting countries). They recently approached the Botswana government to discuss the idea of a permanent ban…

Jordanian growers disappointed as Iraq agreements bring no relief

Jordanian growers expressed their disappointment and surprise regarding Iraq’s reception of their goods, saying they expected to play “a more important role” in Iraq’s…

Retailers warn:

‘Fruit and vegetables will be scarce and costly under no-deal Brexit’

Fresh fruit and vegetables are among the products likely to become scarcer and more expensive after a no-deal Brexit, according to several retailers.  Department store chain John…

5th Chile Week takes place in Shanghai

Chile’s food exports to China totaled $2.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 48.8% compared to 2017, with fruit exports accounting for $1.4 billion, a hundredfold increase…

Turkey's Mediterranean Region exported over $500,000 worth of fresh produce

The Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association's Chairman Nejdat Sin announced that the association's fresh fruits and vegetables exports in the first…

Presentation of CuTE, the first European campaign for the promotion of fruit and veg

On Wednesday, September 11, the first generic promotion campaign for European fruits and vegetables, promoted jointly by national associations of the sector, has been presented at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels. It is called "CuTE: Cultivating the taste of Europe” and has been…

BLE Market Report KW 36/19:

'Domestic goods determined events with numerous plum varieties'

Domestic goods determined the market with numerous varieties: In particular, there were Hauszwetschgen, Top, Cacaks Fruchtbar and Auerbacher. Also, First Elenas arrived. The presence of Fellenberg, Ortenauer and Presenta increased somewhat, that of Hanita, Cacak's Schöne and Buhler Frühzwetschge narrowed…

US Fresno County farms set $7.9 billion record for crop value

Farmers and ranchers in Fresno County produced a record value of almost $7.9 billion in agricultural crops and commodities in 2018. That figure represents the total gross production value of everything from alfalfa and almonds to wine and wood, and works out to an increase of more than 12.2 percent over…

Spain – Canary Islands

La Provincia: Brexit threatens to kill the tomato

The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union threatens to give the coup de grace to the Canarian fruit and vegetable export. In reality it is only the last, and very…

Walmart and US produce importers worried about Mexican Tomato Deal draft

The draft deal that may end the months-long stand-off over imported Mexican tomatoes is raising concerns among both southern Arizona produce importers and major US retailer…

Flights to open new markets for Australia’s South West

The implementation of direct flights from Perth to Tokyo could boost the export potential for fruit and vegetable growers in Australia’s South West. As the inaugural All…

Port of Manila

Philippines Customs seizes P53M of smuggled agri-goods

The Bureau of Customs in the Port of Manila has seized 16 container vans full of wrongfully declared agricultural products. These are valued at P53 million (€925,000), the…

Peruvian agricultural exports increased by 23% in July

According to data published by the Central Reserve Bank (BCR), Peruvian agricultural product exports amounted to 550 million dollars in July 2019, i.e. 23% more than in July 2018. According to the BCR, the increase in exports was mainly due to the higher volumes of agricultural products shipped, 22.6% of…

Wholesale markets still the mainstream

E-commerce gradually added to traditional wholesale model in China

Located in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, Jiangnan Wholesale Market is one of the top five fruit and vegetable wholesale markets in China. Covering an area of ​​about 400,000 square meters, the market opened its doors in 1994 and handles nearly a thousand types of vegetables and fruit. In recent years,…

Potato consumption growth in China and India shapes overall trend

World vegetable market generated $1,249.8 bln in 2018

According to the new "World - Vegetable - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights" report, the global vegetable market revenue amounted to $1,249.8B in 2018,…

Hort Innovation

Why prioritising international market access for Australian exporters is important

There is no problem with demand for Australian produce globally, it is just whether the nation can remain competitive, according to grower-owned research and development company, Hort Innovation. Trade Manager Jenny Van de Meeberg says Australia's role as an exporting nation needs to be put into…

Colusa County: $24.5 million increase in agricultural production

Agriculture accounted for almost $1 billion in business in Colusa County last year, according to the most recent crop report released by the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. Last year, Colusa County saw an increase of $24.5 million in agricultural production compared to 2017, for a total gross…

Produce industry cyclists invite industry to celebrate at finish line

TourdeFresh is just a month away and produce industry cyclists are training for an epic ride and an epic celebration culminating on the steps of the Anaheim Convention Center, and industry is invited. As many in the produce industry prepare for yet another large industry convention in October, there are…

Fruberica in How it's done:

"We want to keep surprising consumers with new greenhouse vegetables"

Fruberica has been active as a chain partner in the Dutch fruit and vegetable sector since 1999. "We have clients in the retail, industry, wholesaler, export, and hotel, restaurant, and catering sectors," says Michael Holslag on the Dutch TV show, How it's Done. He is the Managing Director at Fruberica.…

Philip van Geest, Van Geest International:

"Bell pepper prices dip, more realistic picture for cucumbers, top price for loose tomatoes"

In the Netherlands, day trading prices for bell peppers have been very good recently. This is due to the bad overflow of settings during the warm weather. "Red bell peppers were being sold for €10-13 per box. The yellow ones were even going for €16-18 per box," says Philip van Geest of Van Geest…

Japan

Fukushima begins efforts to have produce restrictions lifted

Vegetable cultivation trials began in September in the town of Fukushima, which has been completely evacuated since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc) melted down in March 2011. The prefectural government has been putting on the trials with…

Russia is leading market for Turkey's fresh fruit & vegetable exports

According to data from the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB), Turkey exported around 2 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetable exports to 114 countries in the first eight months of the year, generating $1.2 billion in revenue. In the January-August period of 2019, Turkey exported $1.2…

Finnish importer Tomi Hakkarainen:

“In the future, there will likely be a shortage of growers in Finland”

Finland’s domestic fruit and vegetable production consists mainly of apples and greenhouse tomatoes and the country has to import many fruits and vegetables in order to supply the country’s demand. For import company and wholesaler Satotukku, Spain and Italy are the most important markets, though Poland…

New Zealand - AIMS Games

Food outlets in Tauranga brace for extra 11,500 mouths to feed

New Zealand's biggest annual sports tournament starts today and Tauranga food stores are getting ready to feed an extra 11,500 hungry young athletes. Papamoa Pak n Save store…

Qatar: Biggest Central Market opening soon

Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, with everything under one roof, customers will have everything at their fingertips at Doha's largest central market, located at Al…

Ag Report: Tomato prices down, volume increases

The United States imports of Mexican tomatoes showed gains in volume last month compared to a year ago, but prices were down. According to trade data from the USDA, imports of…

India authorizes exports of Chilean avocados, nuts, and blueberries

The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, announced that the Indian market has unlocked the entry of Chilean avocados, nuts, and blueberries after seven years of intense negotiations. India has finally eliminated the obligation to fumigate Chilean fruit with methyl bromide, so the exported products…

BLE Market Report KW 35/19:

"Demand for peaches and nectarines occasionally weak"

The markets were sufficiently supplied with the predominant Spanish and Italian batches of peaches and nectarines. The shops could have run more smoothly, but some fruits were qualitatively below par. In addition, demand was weak at certain points. Promotions to drive the sales, however, did not succeed consistently.…

Australian Bundaberg region can feed the world

Mayor Jack Dempsey said research undertaken by Council’s Economic Development team revealed the Wide Bay region was responsible for a significant portion of Queensland’s multi-billion dollar agricultural industry: “Almost 100 per cent of the state’s mandarins, nuts other than macadamias and oranges are…

LIDA Plant Research launches Ecothrin®

Organic insecticide to tackle "Tuta absoluta"

Motivated by our desire to continue launching new solutions and products for the improvement of yields and crop protection, we are presenting one of our latest innovations in the defense against pests: Ecothrin®. It is an organic insecticide with a unique microencapsulated formulation registered for…

Here is the man who guards America's ketchup

For some people, ketchup is a symbol of the problems with American food. They find it highly processed, mass-produced, and full of sugar. Historian Gabriella Petrick certainly saw it that way when she started digging into the archives of the H. J. Heinz Company. "I'll be honest, I came to my subject as a…

Fruit and veg prices up by 11.1% in Kyrgyzstan

In the first half of 2019, fruit and vegetable prices in Kyrgyzstan have increased by 11.1%. This was reported by the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. In…

Food Balances of Azerbaijan:

Tomato consumption in Azerbaijan decreases by 4.9%

In 2018, tomato consumption in Azerbaijan decreased by 4.9% due to a decrease in production volumes and export growth. Last year, the processing enterprises and the population…

Nigerian Customs seize illegal tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers from Benin

Earlier this week, Seme Customs Command of the Nigerian Customs Service revealed that its officers seized 269 baskets of fresh tomatoes, fresh pepper and sacks of cucumber, all imported from the Republic of Benin. Apart from the 269 baskets of fresh tomatoes, there was one basket of fresh peppers, seven…


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