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Kaufland draws a positive balance after completion of tests

Wonky vegetables now available throughout Germany

From the end of June onward, Kaufland will be selling fruit and vegetables with visual defects and unusual shapes throughout Germany. The company is thus completing the test…

US farmers hopeful after Mexico ratifies USMCA

Mexico became the first country in North America to ratify the proposed United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) on June 19. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador described the ratification as “very good news.” “We celebrate the approval in the Senate of the [USMCA], to maintain our economic…

Bad weather first half of June said to be the cause

Ukraine: Price of tomatoes flips 2.3 times within a year

Experts at Kyiv-based Pro-Consulting LLC say prices of tomatoes in Ukraine over the past 12 months soared by 2.3 times, up to UAH 33- 35 (US$1.26 - 1.34) per kilogram.…

Leaf lettuce continues to be Monterey County's number one crop

According to an industry report unveiled Tuesday, the value of Monterey's County's top economic engine, agriculture, came down in 2018. The gross value of ag commodities grown…

Spain exported 8% more fruit and veg in the first quarter of 2019

From January to April 2019, Spanish fruit and vegetable exports grew by 8% in terms of volume and by 6% in terms of value compared to the same period of 2018, totaling 5…

The volume exported by air amounts to 33,757 tons

Peru: Asparagus makes up 45% of exports by air from Callao

Peru's Foreign Trade Company, Comex Peru, reported that a total of 33,757 tons of products had been exported by air from Callao in the first quarter of the year, i.e. 11.3% less than the volume dispatched in the same period of 2018. Between January and April, the asparagus (fresh or frozen) was the main…

Bulgaria: Register of fruit & veg traders to protect domestic production

Deputy Minister of Agriculture Chavdar Marinov told the Bulgarian National Radio, that a register of fruit and vegetable traders will be set up, with the aim of complete…

First decline in onion exports since turn of the millennium

"The extremely dry summer of 2018 left its traces. After years of strongly growing onion export, the dramatically low yields per hectare of export this year caused a heavy dent. The Holland Onion harvest of 2018 was a real limited edition all of a sudden. There has never been as much paid for a Holland…

ZimTrade: Zimbabwean farmers urged to grow fruit

In a bid to increase exports, national trade development and promotion organisation ZimTrade is coordinating horticulture farmers in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland to grow fruits that…

Vegetable exports from Pakistan increase 12.19 percent

Vegetable products export from Pakistan grew by 12.19 percent during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year compared to the corresponding period of last year,…

India: Rain causes seasonal fruit prices to increase

Although the temperatures in Chandigargh, India have dropped, the increasing demand for seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with the rain have caused prices to go up. Prices for fruit and vegetables are higher than they were a week ago. According to vendors on the market, the rain has affected the…

BLE Market Report KW 24/19:

'Peaches & Nectarines: deliveries extended according to the season'

Spain apparently dominated the peaches and nectarines market, Italy and Greece complemented it. The deliveries extended according to the season. Demand also picked up, especially on Thursday; sales accelerated thanks to the friendly weather. Nevertheless, a total clearance did not always come about. So…

Vietnam encounters difficulty after China raises bar on imports

Data from the Agricultural Product Processing and Market Development Bureau under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam shows that many agricultural…

Mexico intends to make export agreements with 16 countries

The Mexican government is working on opening 38 new export markets in America, Asia, Africa and the EU, in order to market more than 90 products that would directly benefit Mexican producers and ratify the country as one of the most competitive in the international arena. The National Service of Health…

India: Monsoon hits drought-stricken Maharashtra

Finally, India’s annual monsoon has covered some parts of the western state of Maharashtra. Conditions are becoming favourable for further advancement into the southern part of the country, a weather department official said on Thursday. The monsoon has covered southern parts of Maharashtra and drought…

Adverse weather in Uruguay affects fruit and vegetable production

The adverse weather and the increase in the price of the dollar have negatively affected Uruguay's fruit and vegetable production and final consumers. The adverse weather has generated sanitary problems in the crops, making it necessary to use agrochemicals that are paid in dollars, which has increased…

Swiss vegetable campaign picks up speed

Newly harvested carrots, slight increase in domestic fruit & vegetables

In Switzerland, the local vegetable campaign is currently gaining momentum. In the major growing areas, many outdoor crops are harvested, such as lettuces, cabbages, as well as products such as carrots and potatoes. The market share of greenhouse crops is also growing, several wholesalers told…

Emil Augustin Gemüsegroßhandel GmbH & Co.

First German free-range carrots on the market

"In the past, the first weeks of the season were always seeing very high prices; nowadays fruit and vegetables are already cheap coming onto the market," says Thomas Reitmeier, Managing Director of Emil Augustin Gemüsegroßhandel GmbH & Co. Since the start of the month, he already has had the first…

Canadian vegetable prices rising at fastest pace in three years

Canadians are paying a premium to eat healthy as fresh vegetables are becoming far more expensive. According to new data released by Statistics Canada on June 19, prices for…

US: More collaboration necessary between Niagara agribusiness and other sectors

Niagara’s thriving agribusiness sector - which runs from basic operations to high-end commercial products - consists of vineyards, fruit trees, wineries and greenhouses that…

USDA comes up with Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program school grants

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is changing the way children see fruits and vegetables in schools by offering a competitive fresh fruit and vegetable program grant that provides healthy snacks along with nutrition lessons. The USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program requires…

Fallout could be severe for Israeli growers

Trade talks may result in Israelis seeing more US products

This week, Israeli farmers from the Golan Heights and the Galilee were on hand to protest demands of the Trump White House to ease restrictions on imports of American agricultural products. What those demands are is anyone’s guess. US and Israeli trade negotiations have started discussing Washington’s…

Bernd Jäger, Jäger GmbH:

"Reichenau cucumbers are cheap, but tomatoes are quite high priced"

In the far south of Germany, on the island of Reichenau, locally-grown vegetables are currently harvested in large quantities. Bernd Jäger, owner of the same name wholesale, which offers the Reichenau products on the open market: "Cucumbers are cheap, but tomatoes are in the high-priced segment and are…

December 3-5, Kiev

Organisers of Fresh Business Expo 2019 see growing interest in Ukrainian market

In some 5 months' time the 7th edition of Fresh Business Expo will open its doors at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kyiv. The exhibition will take place from 3-5 December 2019. Being the only trade event in Ukraine that focuses exclusively on the Fresh Produce Industry the organisers of the…

Central America: Vegetable exports up 15%

During the first nine months of 2018, Central American vegetable exports totaled $132 million, 15% more than in the same period in 2017, an increase explained by the behavior of company sales in Guatemala and Honduras. Honduras Leading Regional Sales During the first nine months of 2018, the main…

Erratic rains in Kenya benefit Ugandan and Tanzanian farmers

Rains in the east Africa's biggest economy of Kenya failed this season. They only started in May -instead of March- and have since declined in most parts of the nation, including in breadbaskets, according to the meteorological department. This means that Kenya has become a big market for food exports…

Costco wants to distribute New Zealand apples and blueberries

The world's second-largest retailer, Costco Wholesale, wants to buy and distribute New Zealand goods to its 94 million member shoppers around the world. Patrick Noone,…

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS analysis shows negative effects of Mexican farm imports

A new economic analysis conducted by a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) team in Gainesville has confirmed Mexican imports have significantly harmed fruit and vegetable producers in the Sunshine State. A steadily increasing surge of Mexican products has entered…

Photo report online!

"Frankfurt Fresh Center is characterized by a diversity of products and providers"

"The Frankfurter Frischezentrum is characterized by the diversity of its products and suppliers," says Wolfgang Lindner, Managing Director of Lindner GmbH, headquartered at the Frankfurter Frischezentrum, describing the mood on the wholesale market. In addition to being a very cohesive lot, he also…

South Africa to increase export of fruit to Russia

South Africa plans to increase the supply of fruit in Russia. This issue was discussed at the negotiations of phytosanitary institute Rosselkhoznadzor with the State Service…

Photo report of trade show

Increased engagement at renewed United Fresh Show

On June 11 and 12, the United Fresh Show was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. The theme of this year’s show was ‘Change is Here’ and the organizing committee had made many changes compared to previous years, resulting in a higher level of engagement and intimacy. A Partner X-Change that paired up…

BLE Market Report KW 23/19:

'Deliveries of German strawberries noticeably extended'

The deliveries of strawberries from Germany have expanded noticeably and were almost doubled in comparison to 22. KW. The few Dutch, Greek and Italian batches were hardly significant. The quality of the domestic fruits, however, was not very persuasive. Among other things, the customers complained about…

Numbers confirm multi-year trend

More fruits and vegetables from third countries in the EU

Last year, more fruits and vegetables from third countries were imported into the EU. The numbers confirm a trend that Spanish vegetable producers and exporters are looking to…

Spain

Mercabarna expects 9% increase in fruit sales

According to a study carried out by the Fruit and Vegetable Guild of Mercabarna, fruit sales this summer are expected to increase by 9% compared to the previous year, reaching 235,000 tons. The launch of new products, such as melon-shaped watermelons and sprouts, or the campaign "Summer Taste with…

Prices for winter veggies cool down in New Zealand

According to a report by Stats NZ, winter vegetables were cheaper in May. Broccoli, potatoes, and cabbages all dropped in price that month. In May, broccoli fell 12 percent,…

China: Pinduoduo Inc sells $969 million of agricultural goods in 12 days

This Wednesday, shares in Pinduoduo Inc. increased nearly 2 percent, to $20.41 apiece.This happened after the "Guangxi Harvest Festival" began on Friday, June 7. Pinduoduo…

Satisfactory year for fennel from Metaponto

May 30th was the last day fennel was processed at Op Primo Sole in Montescaglioso (MT). The vegetable was not affected by the bad weather as peppers, melons, watermelons and strawberries were. FreshPlaza talked about it with sales manager Rosangela Appio. "The fennel campaign between October and December…

Guy de Meyer, Demargro:

Exceptional Belgian cabbage prices: old white and red cabbage 2 euro per head

“All products from the winter range are still fairly expensive. Cauliflowers were relatively expensive, but the old white and red cabbages were all around €2 or higher per head as well. These are exceptionally high prices for cabbage varieties,” says Guy de Meyer of Demargro. “Celeriac, which is actually…

Eurasian Economic Union

EEC recommends boosting trade of fruit and berries in member states

In member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), over the last five years, the gross crop of apples and pears has increased by 1.7%, to 2.3 million tons. This is according to recent numbers of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Apples account for 95% of the crop. The berry crop rose by 0.5%.…

State of Karnataka, India

Supply nosediving - vegetable prices soar in Mysuru

The prices of vegetables like beans, capsicum, tomato, cabbage and carrot have skyrocketed this summer. For women, it has become a hard choice to use veggies which are less priced, when compared to beans and carrots. Tomatoes, which usually cost Rs 10 per kilogram, has gone up to Rs 40 per/kg. Similarly,…

'Fresh Grocer' talks about greenhouse tomatoes

We follow 'Fresh Grocer' Tony Tantillo to the vegetable aisle, where he talks about greenhouse tomatoes.

"The sector's disorganization prevents better prices in Almeria"

On the occasion of a new Agroateneo meeting, this analysis forum, organized by La Voz de Almeria, Cadena SER and Agricultura 2000 with the sponsorship of the National Association of Vegetable Producers (ANOVE) and the collaboration of the Tecnova Foundation and the CUAM (El Ejido Municipal Analytical…

Between January and April of 2019, they amounted to 4.249 billion dollars

Peru's non-traditional exports increase by 7.6%

According to the BCR, Peruvian non-traditional exports increased by 1.8% between January and April 2019, reaching a value of 4.249 million dollars. The volume shipped increased by 7.6%. In the first four months of the year, there were higher sales of grapes (18.6%), avocados (8.5%), blueberries (69.4%),…

Bioversity International presents a report on the diet of rich countries

"More varied diets, but not very sustainable"

According to a new report presented by the Italian research center Bioversity International, the most developed countries have a great variety of foods in their diets, but…

Zest Labs research

US: Study detects big differences in produce shelf life

Produce shelf life can vary widely between supermarkets and about half of the products sampled in a recent study spoiled prematurely, according to new research from Zest Labs.…

Price levels expected to remain high for another month

Water shortages and heat are hiking prices of Indian vegetables

A lack of water resources and the searing heat have taken a toll on production of vegetables, sending prices of several vegetables soaring this month in the Indian city of…

Zimbabwe government to set up horticulture department

The Zimbabwean government is considering setting up a horticulture department, committed to creating a conducive regulatory environment for the sector to adequately thrive, a senior official revealed. Zimbabwe`s horticultural sector continues to face a number of challenges, the biggest one being on the…

Texas Crop and Weather Report:

“Fruit season above average for producers”

The harvest has been fine so far for fruit producers this season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension fruit specialist, Uvalde, said late freezes, spring storms and heavy rains have not negatively affected most orchards and warm-season fruit…

Balance sheets for Slovenian agricultural products 2018

In 2018, Slovene citizens consumed on average the most cereals, i.e. 126 kg, and vegetables, i.e. 117 kg; Slovene citizen also consumed on average 93 kg of meat, 88 kg of of fresh fruits, 67 kg of potato, 11 kg of eggs, 5 kg of rice and 1 kilo of honey. Self-sufficiency rates for vegetables, fruits,…

USApple statement on USMCA grassroots support letter

A letter urging ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was sent this morning to congressional leaders from nearly 1,000 food and agriculture organizations,…

Parts of India: Heat wave causes vegetable prices to rise 40% in one week

The heatwave sweeping through large parts of India has made vegetable prices skyrocket with some areas seeing a 25-40% rise in bills in the past 10 days. Traders said prices are likely to remain volatile until monsoon rain covers the main growing areas in the country. In April, wholesale prices of food…

Egyptian export opportunities to Italy exceeded €8 mln in first five months 2019

The Egyptian Commercial Representative office in Milan reported export opportunities worth more than €8 million over the past five months. According to First Undersecretary of…

Significant heat wave expected this week

California produce volumes growing

In the western US this week -mostly California- a significant heat wave will develop, with temperatures cracking the 100°F mark in some places. California has the largest…

AU: Entry deadline looming for Gippsland’s Excellence In Agribusiness Awards

Gippsland agribusinesses have got until the end of this week to enter the inaugural Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. Awards Program Coordinator Kate Gunn has already received a good number of entries across the nine categories, but there’s still plenty of time to grow that…

UK: London fruit and vegetable supplier announces debut café

Natoora, one of London’s most established and acclaimed produce suppliers, is launching a debut cafe at its new store on Portobello Road (Notting Hill). The brand, which supplies premium, “radically” seasonal fruit and vegetables to many of London’s best restaurants -and also Waitrose supermarket-has…

Peru's ten most important avocado exporting companies

Peru is the third biggest exporter of avocados in the world, only behind Mexico and the Dominican Republic. In 2018, the country's avocado exports, 95% of which were of the…

Chinese vegetable prices hit record high, what will happen in the next 6 months?

The prices of staple foods such as fruits and vegetables, pork and chicken, have all maintained a high position this year. What will happen now that the summer has arrived?…

Greek consumers purchasing more imported fruit and veg

Greece may be famous for its quality fruits and vegetables, but the bad weather that has prevailed in the country in recent months, in combination with some structural…

Turkey: Hoping to boost tomato exports to $1 billion

Hayrettin Uçak, president of the Aegean Union of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, stated that with the development of greenhouses in the country, Turkey is now able to…

Vietnam’s agri products face barriers to enter China

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development claims that many of Vietnam’s agricultural products –especially rice, vegetables and cassava– have faced barriers preventing their export to China. The ministry’s Agricultural Product Processing and Market Development Department said cassava is the latest…

Too few Norwegian cucumbers to meet demand

The supply of Norwegian cucumbers is a little too low to meet the high demand. This means there is room for imports. Next week, tomato prices will fall to more in line with…

35 tons of fruit and veg returned to Kazakhstan by Russian border authorities

Omsk border authorities sent 20 tons of onions and 15.18 tons of cherries and apricots back to Kazakhstan. According to the official report on the website of the Russian…

BLE Market Report KW 22/19:

'Asparagus supply was usually too lush'

The supply of asparagus was usually too lush. Certainly at the start, demand did not develop to the necessary extent. It therefore often came to stocks, which meant a corresponding discharge pressure. At least the upper limits of the price margins had to be lowered. Up to the intensification of demand…

Morocco consolidates as the Spanish market's largest non-EU supplier

The Spanish import of fresh fruit and vegetables from Morocco grew by 4% in terms of value in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period of the previous year,…

Innovation award finalist presents plant-based dips

Good Foods announced it will be showcasing its recently launched line of Plant Based Dips at the United Fresh Convention and Expo next week in Chicago. The company says the dips have received positive feedback due to what it sees as an increased trend of plant based diets. The dips are finalists for the…

"Too often, Turkish vegetable and fruit exports denied entry into Russia"

Producers of fruits and vegetables in Turkey are concerned about the increasing cases of exports being sent back from Russia. Some claim that Russian phytosanitary watchdog…

Canova now producing organic strawberries, melons and watermelons

Ernesto Fornari, director at Canova, reports that, "now that the sun and high temperatures are back after weeks of rain, we can be hopeful once again. Orders are increasing and so it the quality of the produce." Canova, which sells products under the Almaverde Bio brand, can count on producers located…

Strawberry harvest increases by 100 tonnes

Norwegian growers harvested more fruit but fewer vegetables in 2018

The warm and dry summer of 2018 caused a bad vegetable harvest in 2018, whilst fruit growers had an especially good year. The total amount of harvested vegetables decreased by…

Turkestan region has at least 90 companies exporting

The Turkestan region is currently expanding its export potential. The region supplies various types of vegetables, fruits, berries and livestock products to the domestic and…

Exports to third countries decrease by 15%

EU fruit and veg imports from third countries increase by 7%

Community imports of fresh vegetables from non-EU countries in 2018 increased by 7% in volume, with 2.3 million tons, and decreased by 3% in value, with 2,621 million euro. The tomato was the most purchased vegetable with 628,067 tons in 2017, (+10%), and a value of 671 million euro (+3%). It was…

Jammu, India: Seedless cucumber commercial production launch

Progressive Jammu farmers, partnering with the Department of Agriculture, launched the commercial production of seedless cucumber at Krishi Bhawan. The programme was inaugurated by the Director of Agriculture P.S. Rathore, in the presence of the Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension), Anil Arora and a…

People are waiting for the monsoon

India: Vegetable prices in Maharashtra have risen by 50%

In the wake of a reduced vegetable influx, prices have shot up considerably in the state of Maharashtra. The prices are expected to go down only after rains, but over the last…

Juan Carlos Martínez, The Natural Hand:

"Exporting overseas: the harvesting moment and variety are the key"

"In Spain, work in the field is necessary in order to meet the demands of the Asian market. The Asian consumer is susceptible to sour tastes and demands firm fruit. In the case of oranges, firmness is extremely important. If the fruit softens during transport, the pieces will be rejected upon arrival,"…

China officially increased tariffs on some US products on June 1st

According to announcement no. 3 of the customs committee of the Chinese State Council, the customs tariffs on some US products were increased on June 1st, 2019. The committee…

"No winners in Trump's Mexico tariff plan"

With President Trump threatening Mexico with additional tariffs on goods, the fresh produce industry is certainly keeping a close eye on proceedings. At this stage, a 5 percent tariff is due to come into force on June 10, increasing by 5 percent each month up to a maximum of 25 percent by October. The…

India: Measures to expand Himachal Pradesh’s horti production

Horticulture is a major contributor to the economy of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, which can cultivate a wide varieties of fruits and vegetables due to its diverse climate and topography, and measures to expand the sector are underway. Horticulture Minister Mahender Singh Thakur said more than…

Branches in Hastings and Bexhill

Lidl offers 5kg veg boxes in fight against food waste

Lidl stores are offering 5kg fruit and veg boxes for just £1.50 to tackle food waste. According to a Lidl spokesperson: “After a very fruitful trial, our Too Good to Waste fruit and vegetable boxes are now available in all of our stores across England, Scotland and Wales. At just £1.50, the boxes contain…

Price fluctuations for vegetables, fruit and grapes

Republic of Georgia: Agri Review May 2019

On a monthly basis, Georgia’s price levels barely changed. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in April 2019 was 0.2% higher than the previous month. While in comparison to April 2018, CPI experienced a significant 4.1% increase. For food and non-alcoholic beverages, the month-over-month prices increased…

Also increased apple exports by 35%

Azerbaijan: 99.7% of tomato exports go to Russia

In January-March 2019, Azerbaijan exported 21,371 tons of tomatoes in the amount of $ 25.5 million. Compared to the same period in 2018, exports in quantitative terms…

Healthy Start programme underused

130,000 UK families miss out on free fruit and veg

In the UK, more than 130,000 families with young children who are eligible for free food are failing to claim what they are entitled to under the Healthy Start programme. This scheme was introduced in 2006, and it offers free vouchers weekly for pregnant mothers or those with a child under a four years…

Schlosser Gemüse: Cool weather influences current sales

"Demand for Palatinate organic vegetables still limited abroad"

The larger vegetable suppliers of Germany clearly notice the effects of the cool weather. In the Palatinate, the influence on sales is clear. Regarding cabbage vegetables in particular, prices are currently very high. Because of last year's heat wave too few commodities are currently available.…

Horticultural output in India marginally up at 314.87 million tons

India’s total horticulture production is estimated to rise marginally to 314.87 million tons in the 2018-19 crop year, according to official data. Last Friday, the agriculture…

Fruits – vegetables - root crops

Philippines: Ilocos region leads in mixed Q1 production

According to data by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the production of major fruit crops, vegetables and root crops saw mixed results for the first quarter (Q1).…

France: No Italian produce found in a supermarket in Strasbourg

A visit to an Auchan store in Strasbourg (France) revealed that the fresh produce department sold goods from Spain, France, the Netherlands and even Portugal, but nothing from Italy. The store was rather large and located in the historic city center, so it was popular not only with the locals but also…

Russia still largest export market for Turkish tomatoes

Turkey exported tomatoes worth some $163 million in the first five months of this year. During that period, Russia was the biggest market, importing approximately $62 million…

Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister keen to boost agriculture

According to Papua New Guinea’s newly elected Prime Minister James Marape, the nation should strive to transform the agriculture sector into a world standard revenue earner.…

Fruit & vegetable exports from Vietnam top 1.6 billion USD

Export turnover of fruits and vegetables has exceeded 1.6 billion USD since the beginning of 2019, a year-on-year rise of 8.9 percent. China remained Vietnam’s top market with…

Effects of hurricane Florence

US: Sweet potato production dropped 23% in 2018

Following a record-high sweet potato production year in 2017, hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina’s sweet potato growing region in September 2018. It was an event that contributed to the largest single-year US production fall in 48 years. 2018 US sweet potato production fell 23 percent to 2.7…

Florida produce growers say new NAFTA is of little help

Currently, Congress is expected to consider approval of the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The deal was brokered between the three nations as a more modern replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA. President Trump told reporters Monday he’ll work with congressional…

Pakistan: Fruit exports up by six percent in 10 months

The export of fruits from Pakistan saw an increase of 6.37 percent during the first 10 months of current fiscal year against the exports of the corresponding period of last…

India: Hyderabad reels under weight of vegetable prices

Vegetable prices in Hyderabad are rising steeply, along with the temperature. Tomatoes' cost increased three times while green chillies, cabbage and beans have almost doubled…

Event: VBT, LAVA and KDT

Photo report: Climate change and its influence on the fruit and vegetable production

On Tuesday, 28 May, VBT, LAVA and KDT organised the event ‘Climate change and its influence on the fruit and vegetable production’ in Salons De Waerboom in Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium. Writer and teacher of history and climate Pieter Boussemaere was invited to talk about climate change and its…

"Unless we embrace it, change will happen to our businesses without us"

Fresh produce businesses need to be aware of change and embrace it, or it will happen without them with devastating consequences, according to one of Australia's leading produce company managers. Austchilli's Innovation, Marketing and Sales General Manager Rob Pafumi spoke at the Australian Banana…

Freshmax Group Launches new Sydney Service Centre

Valleyfresh Australia, as a part of the Freshmax Group, launched its new Sydney Service and Distribution Centre. More than 100 attendees celebrated the Grand Opening of what is a ground-breaking facility in the Greater Sydney area. Based out of Marsden Park, the new centre offers: - 6,500 sqm…

Jörn Reimers, ARUS August Reimers & Sohn GmbH:

"The apricot harvest in Spain was very good - unfortunately, sales were not"

ARUS August Reimers & Son from Hamburg is a true full-line provider: "We market everything," says managing director Jörn Reimers. "But we're geared towards seasonal specialties in winter - our main products are citrus fruits in the winter, we trade strawberries and asparagus in the spring, and we've…

Algeria: Price hike for fruit and vegetables

While the trade minister had announced a price drop after the first week of Ramadan, this has yet to take effect. On the twentieth day of the sacred month, the rise in prices…

"Trade flow between Peru and Colombia up 187.9%"

In an interview with the newspaper El Comercio, Flavia Santoro, the president of Procolombia spoke about the trade relations between Peru and Colombia, their export growth expectations, and the axes of her management. According to Santoro, in 2018 Peru invested 347 million dollars in Colombia, 187.9%…

Andalusia is the leading exporting region

Positive balance of Spanish fruit and veg exports

In the first quarter of 2019, Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports have increased by 8% in terms of volume and by 5% in terms of value, reaching a total of 3.8 million tons and 4.040 billion Euro, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes. The largest volumes corresponded to…

Bulgarian fresh produce market increasingly relies on imports

Bulgarians consume increasingly less domestic vegetables, as the availability of Bulgarian vegetables on the market is falling, according to an analysis of the Center for…

Small and medium-sized Mexican tomato exporters won’t be able to export

According to Mexico’s Economy Department US consumers can pay 38% to 70% more for berries following the US Commerce Department declared it might re-impose anti-dumping…

USDA Report

Fruit ads increase 7% in run up to Memorial Day

Retailers planned for sweet success over the Memorial Day shopping period by increasing fruit ads by 7% over last week. Seedless watermelon was of course highest on the list, but the short cherry season was capitalized on this week as it was the second most advertised fruit. Strawberries, new crop…

Netherlands: Good potato prices during Alvantho’s early first auction day

This week, the first early potatoes from the Dutch island of Tholen were auctioned by Alvantho. This year, the potatoes are actually early, because with the starting date of 28 May, auction manager David Hage even thought he had a record. However, a quick trip to the archives showed that the auction…

A difficult spring for fruits and vegetables

Late frost, a half-mast sun, cooling northeast winds ... the unfavourable weather conditions for agriculture followed one another this spring. "We had seven complicated nights…

Vietnam, a new export market for Chilean apples and cherries

After some arduous trade and diplomatic negotiations, Chile has opened a new market in Asia for its apples and cherries. The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, stated that the Ministry of Agriculture, through the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), had achieved an agreement on May 24 to…

Vietnamese produce wants to branch out into global market

Improving overall produce quality is an urgent, long-term solution to help Vietnamese farm produce make inroads into global markets, says Minister of Agriculture and Rural…

Due to imports and increasing domestic supply

Prices of Ukrainian tomatoes dropping

Last week, prices for greenhouse cucumbers increased, while those of tomatoes dropped somewhat. According to a report by the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA),…

Minnesota farmers: “Several veggies may come in late or be in short supply this spring”

More rain is in the forecast and it’s not welcome news to farmers who sell to markets and contribute to Community Support Agriculture, better known as CSAs. "The weather has been reasonably good except for all the rain," Fresh Earth Farms owner Chris James says. But James can’t complain too much. He…

President Mahamadou Issoufou visited Hangzhou

Niger eyes cooperation with China's Alibaba

Niger's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, paid a visit to Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou on Sunday. During this visit he expressed Niger's wish to cooperate with Alibaba. Niger wholeheartedly looks forward to cooperating with Alibaba Group Holding, not only to boost agricultural product exports with the…

Kenya: Reducing tomato losses in Kirinyaga county

Farmers in Kirinyaga, Kenya's largest producer of tomatoes, are grappling with 55 percent post-harvest crop losses. The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation…

Central Kenya: Growers switch from maize to bananas and cassava

Due to the high cost of production and market unreliability, central Kenya farmers are shifting from maize farming to other crops. Most of them are opting to grow bananas,…

Greece: Imports of fresh fruit and vegetables up in Q1

Imports of fresh fruit and vegetables grew by 33.5% in volume and 23.4% in value in the first three months of 2019, compared with the same period last year. This was reported by Incofruit-Hellas said in a report released on Tuesday. The volume of imports totaled 244,240 tons and their value stood at…

Becoming a reference in fruit and vegetable production for Central America

Honduras gets ready to implement state of the art agriculture

The abrupt climatic changes and atypical winters in Honduras and the region are causing problems in agriculture and a fall in the price of some products internationally. As a result, Honduras is ready to make a great leap forward to implement state of the art agriculture. The country, through the…

Overall price of fruit is rising in Guangdong, China

One analyst from the Cathay Jun'an Agricultural Group explained that the prices of numerous fruits have recently shown a significant increase. The main reason for this…

Qatar: Vegetable sales surge over 3-fold under farms program

Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment has stated that sales of local vegetables have surged over three-fold in the second season of ‘Qatar Farms Program 2019’ compared to the previous season. The sales of vegetables jumped to 8,226 tons in 2019 season compared to 1,969 tons in 2018 season,…

Kenyan small farmers embrace export crops

Baby corn, French beans, snow peas, pigeon peas and bullet chilli were once not too familiar among Kenyan small-scale farmers; they were mainly grown by large growers for…

Great Limber, Lincolnshire

UK pub swaps homegrown vegetables for pints

The New Inn, in Great Limber in Lincolnshire, has launched a new concept called a Barter Board. This allows visitors to swap home-grown fruit and vegetables for pints or…

One year after Nipah scare

Saudi Arabia lifts import ban on Kerala fruits & veg

As Kerala marks one year of its successful battle against the Nipah outbreak, Saudi Arabia is lifting the ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from the state imposed in…

Caused by US – China trade war

Outbound shipments way down at NWSA, Port of Oakland

After China’s 2018 response to US president Trump’s tariffs by retaliating against $110 billion of US exports, almost all US farm exports to China became subject to retaliation last year. How have US agricultural exports fared in the interim? At the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), encompassing the…

Mexican tomato growers make new offer - Florida growers unmoved

More than two weeks after the deal governing Mexican tomato imports was terminated, negotiations for a replacement agreement do not seem to be going well. Last Wednesday,…

Industry veteran named 2019 honoree at United Fresh

With 27 years in the produce industry behind her, Jan Berk, chief operating officer of San Miguel Produce, Inc. more than earned her nomination as the United Fresh Show’s 2019 Women in Produce Breakfast honoree. Berk began with San Miguel in 2002 and was tasked with marketing and rebrand the Cut ‘N Clean…

Imperfect Produce launches new facility in Philadelphia area

In the coming months, Imperfect Produce will launch its new facility in the Philadelphia area and open its doors to the public. The company provides its customers with excess and “ugly” produce directly from farms to their doors. The idea behind this company is to eliminate waste that is caused by the…

Bangladesh: Project aims to have locally grown fruits available year-round

The goal of the Year-Round Fruit Production for Nutrition Improvement project is to make fruits available all over the year and meet the nutrition demand of the population. The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has been implementing it since 2014-15. An adult is supposed to consume 250 grams of…

Perpignan: Collective catering interested in local producers

In Perpignan, managers in the collective catering sector were invited to visit the Halle aux carreaux, last Friday, as well as local farmers to judge the quality of the…

Spanish fruit and veg exports grow by 8% in terms of volume in first quarter

The Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables in the first quarter of 2019 has improved by 8% in terms of volume and by 5% in terms of value, totaling 3.8 million tons and…

Chinese market declining for Vietnamese coconut sector

A Vietnamese husk coconut exporter is aiming towards other markets, after the Chinese market became less interesting and the market is currently dominated by coconut processing companies. To find their way to the European market, certain certifications are required. Jessica Nguyen is the sales manager…

Christiaan Rijnhout, Roamler:

"New monitor gives weekly insight into Dutch, Belgian, German, and British hard discounters' fruit and veg sales"

Dutch information technology company, Roamler, has been offering a service to retailers and trading companies for years now. They provide these businesses with detailed information and photos. Roamler does this using a smartphone community. In this way, growers, exporter, and retailers are kept directly…

Effects of drought in the Czech Republic are noticeable

Vegetables significantly more expensive

Vegetable prices in the Czech Republic are currently around 30 percent higher than last year, according to the statistics office. Czech vegetable producers blame the long…

Gastronomy in the Allgäu has reached a transitional phase

"Around Pentecost sales are expected to pick up again"

The relatively cold weather this spring has also affected the tourist regions of Germany. While large volumes of domestic and imported fruit and vegetable products had already been delivered to the catering industry at Easter 2018, sales are still limited for the time being. In the southern German…


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