General fresh produce

Packaged tomatoes getting more space in produce departments

The snacking trend continues to motivate retailers to allot more and more space to packaged tomatoes. “Packaged is where the trend has been moving to over the past five…

EAT-Lancet reference diet

Population Latin America and Caribbean struggles to afford nutritious diet

The EAT-Lancet reference diet is unaffordable for an estimated 1.58 billion people around the world, as its cost outpaces the minimum amount required to achieve nutrient adequacy. Latin America and the Caribbean witnesses the highest median cost per day, out of anywhere around the world, at $3.42. In the…

Predicted food trends for 2020 announced by U.S. grocer

FreshDirect, a Northeastern U.S. fresh food grocer, announced its top food trends for 2020. The trends list was curated by FreshDirect's in-house team of specialists. “By…

National Biotechnology Development Agency

Nigerian scientists develop GM tomatoes to combat post-harvest losses

The Acting Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Professor Alex Akpa has said that research was ongoing by scientists to develop a Genetically…

2019 Specialty Crops Program

Colorado’s specialty crop grants announced

Colorado’s famous peaches, sweet corn, chilis and melons, as well as an abundance of other specialty crops, will benefit from grants totaling more than $745,000 through the…

Ranking list shows the most harvested crops between 1961-2017

How do the yields of the most harvested crops worldwide differ from each other over the years? In the video below, Data for Farmers shows which crops from 1961 to 2017 alternated on the world ranking in terms of tons harvested in this period.   Top 5The most harvested crop in the world is pre-eminently sugar cane.…

70% of the fruits and vegetables imported by Andalusia come from Morocco

The organization ES Andalucía is joining the protests of the agricultural sector called for November 19 in Almeria. According to the entity, the unsustainable situation of Almeria's horticultural sector is due, in large part, to the growth of imports of the main vegetables in Andalusia. The organization…

BLE Market Report KW 45/19:

'Spanish sweet peppers dominate the market, conclusion of the Dutch season not far off'

Spanish sweet pepper shipments were dominating the market, quite obviously. The conclusion of the Dutch season was not far off and it had its effects had already reached some markets. The traders kept their prices on the previous levels for the Spanish products if they still had access to Central…

Vegetable prices in Pakistan are skyrocketing

Tomato prices in local markets of the city have shot up to Rs220-250 per kg while prices of other vegetables have also increased considerably. According to official rates as…

In first 10 months 2019:

Turkey's fruit and vegetable exports reach $1.6 bln

In the first 10 months of this year, Turkey generated $1.6 billion in the export of fresh fruit and vegetables. According to the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Union (DKİB) data, in the January-October period of this year, 2.7 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables were exported to 130 countries,…

USDA - Food Recovery Hierarchy

The best ways to store fruit and vegetables at home

Food waste is a prevalent issue in the United States, as it is in most other Western countries. In fact, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 30-40% of the country's annual food supply will go wasted. The estimated cost is $990 billion. To address this matter, the USDA and the US…

Turkey exported 224 million USD worth of fresh produce last month

In October alone, Turkey exported 224 million USD (203.6 million Euro) worth of fresh fruits and vegetables. Nejdat Sin, Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association (AKIB) said that lemons were the most exported product with 43 million USD (39.1 million Euro), followed by grapes,…

In Amsterdam also fruit and vegetables made in Italy

Italians abroad: with Vico Food Box, the flavors of the tradition delivered home

For Italians abroad who do not want to give up the culinary traditions of our Belpaese, here comes an online grocery shopping service in the main capitals of Europe. Fruit and vegetables made in Italy included, if you live in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The service is offered by Vico Food Box and was…

About 200 hectares of strawberries affected in a very serious way

Bad weather: the Matera and the Taranto area the most damaged

The first damage count came from the Metapontino area, after the heavy rain that last night struck the entire Ionian arc, with heavy downpours and sirocco winds of up to 100km/h. The municipalities of Policoro and Scanzano, in the province of Matera, are the areas most affected by this new meteorological…

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports have been greatly affected by the blockage in La Junquera

The Spanish Police hope to clear the border crossing of La Junquera this morning, after announcing the end of the Tsunami Democràtic mobilizations. Agricultural food exports, especially of fruits and vegetables, were among the  activities most affected by the blockade. The Tsunami Democràtic independence platform…

University of Toronto research

Diet lacking in fruit and vegetables is linked to depression

Researchers at the University of Toronto found that a lower intake of fruits and vegetables was associated with a higher incidence of depression in both men and women. The…

Imported tomatoes should cool markets Pakistan

After a delay of more than a month, the Pakistani government has finally reached a decision to explore avenues -including the import of tomatoes from Iran- to arrest the…

India and China should be key target for South African agri exports

South Africa’s trade policy is underpinned by an export-led growth strategy. This means that the country essentially looks to grow its economy by deepening and expanding its…

USDA

Leading US Agri products grown under contract

Contracts are widely used in the production and sale of US agricultural commodities, as farmers use contracts to obtain compensation for higher product quality, specify outlets for products, and provide assurance of sales to manage income risk or finance debt. Processors use contracts to gain timely…

USDA report

US outlook - Vegetables and Pulses - September 2019

Despite volatility in vegetable and pulse markets influenced, at least partially, by an active hurricane season and multiple import tariff adjustments, both sectors show signs of only modest drops in production for 2019. Cool, wet conditions in California producing areas caused concern during planting of…

Minimal impact to farms from bushfire emergency but growers still on alert as threat continues

Two of Australia’s leading fruit and vegetable peak industry bodies have conveyed their thoughts to those affected by the bushfire emergency on Australia’s east coast. Blazes continue to burn in several regions across Queensland and New South Wales, with residential homes and farming properties caught up…

2.4% rise in Georgia’s vegetable exports in first 9 months of 2019

Over the first 9 months of 2019, Georgia exported vegetables worth $8.7 million. This is 2.4% more than in 2018, when the export of vegetable products amounted to $ 8.5…

Spanish imports of fruit and veg from EU grew 22% in value from Jan to August

In the period between January and August 2019, the value of Spain's fruit and vegetable imports from the EU has increased by 22% compared to the same period of 2018, standing…

Snowfall Kashmir – prices of essentials go up

The highway blockade, coupled with lack of market checking has made essentials dearer across the Indian state of Kashmir. Vegetable sellers in particular are taking full…

Sander De Proost, BelOrta

"Organic fresh produce prices often more stable than for conventional products"

The Belgian organic top fruit and winter vegetable season has started at BelOrta. The glasshouse vegetable season is at its end. The last supplies are currently being moving out the door. “We in a major switchover phase between summer and winter vegetables. There is a little demand for organic winter…

Last year it was cucumbers, is there a different Spanish 'crisis crop' this year?

Today, growers in the Spanish Almería region called a halt to their aubergine and bell pepper harvests. They vow to not begin again until prices reach at least a cost-effective level again. "It is costing us money to harvest aubergines," say growers. They saw the price for this product fall below €0,25.…

Philippines wants to expand agri export to US

The country continues to push for access for the country’s agricultural products to the United States, which remains the biggest market for food and agriculture. Agricultural…

"Chinese and Turkish enterprises sign cooperation agreements"

Chinese and Turkish companies signed a range of strategic cooperation agreements in Istanbul on November 6 to introduce Turkish premium dried fruits, fresh fruits and…

Pakistan’s post-harvest crop losses cost over $1bn each year

According to estimates mentioned in a paper on agricultural wholesale markets in Pakistan, released by the Asian Development Bank, Pakistan could save about $1.13 billion annually by reducing up to 75 per cent of the current post-harvest losses. The annual value of post-harvest losses of potato, tomato,…

New strategic partnership set to increase sales opportunities for Western Australian indigenous company

It is hoped that by entering a strategic partnership with Perth based Odeum Group, Indigenous fruit and vegetable company Abundance Produce Australia Pty Ltd will be able to expand its customer base, by virtually eliminating the short supply issues that many of its competitors have to face each week.…

Spain: Fruit and vegetable exporters worried about Morocco-UK association deal

Fruit and vegetables exporters in the Canary Islands are concerned about the association agreement signed on 26 October between Morocco and the United Kingdom. Two…

Philippines farm output rises in Q3, but farmer profits drop

Agricultural production in the Philippines grew in the third quarter to log the fastest in two years, but this failed to lift farmer incomes. Farm output rose by 2.87 percent, reversing a 0.87 percent contraction in July-September 2018 amid greater produce for crops, livestock, poultry, and fisheries,…

Malaysia: 8,257 ha of land is suitable for agriculture

According to Assistant Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, a total of 8,257 hectares (ha) of land in…

Almeria's entire horticultural sector protesting

"On November 19, unity will be crucial: we are suffering a national and European problem"

According to associations and agricultural producers, the structural problems that cause prices to fall below production costs are caused by the administrations, unfair competition, the power of large chains and the lack of crisis management tools. Speaking with different interlocutors of the Union of…

France: a three-way offer on the fruit and vegetable shelves

In recent years, the fruit and vegetable sector has taken on a three-dimensional orientation, with the emergence of a third way. The labels Cultivated without Pesticides1 and Zero Pesticide Residue have managed to find their place on a market usually marked by a sharp distinction between the organic and…

Eggplants at risk, better zucchini and peppers, grapes fail to take off

"It is inevitable that a hot autumn like the one we are having now will have consequences in the business world. The unusual climate of these past few months has not only caused problems for plants and, consequently, for production, but has also influenced consumption and buyer preferences". This was…

Jordanian agriculture sector sees 63% growth in 2019

Jordan’s Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Environment Ibrahim Shahahdeh said that the overall growth in the sector has reached over 63 per cent compared with last year.…

Spain

Mercamurcia achieves 25% increase in fruit and vegetable sales

At the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders and the Board of Directors of Mercamurcia, held on November 5, in which the entity's new directors took office, an analysis was made of the progress report of the food unit, highlighting the considerable 25% increase in the sale of fruits and…

Turkey's food exports to China increase by 86% in first 10 months

Turkey's food exports to China, one of the country's biggest export markets, saw a considerable jump in the first 10 months of 2019, according to data released by the Aegean…

Malaysia: State of Sabah aims to double agri numbers

The Sabah government launched the state’s first agriculture blueprint for the next 10 years last Tuesday. The plan aims to double the sector’s contribution to the state’s GDP…

BLE Market Report KW 44/19:

'Quality of native iceberg lettuce went down and inflow was limited'

n the case of iceberg lettuce, Spanish shipments were predominant. The Dutch and local season turned into the home straight: The quality of the goods weakened and the inflow was limited. Price quotes for rare and popular consumer items rose. Despite the high prices, they were simply scooped up. In Frankfurt,…

Japanese strawberries off the menu?

Recent typhoons decimated Japanese farms

The typhoons Hagibis and Faxai have decimated Japanese farms, wiping out crops, ruining land and equipment and causing damage worth over US$2 billion. From the strawberry…

Trying to access new markets

Tanzania is investing in tomato value chain

Tomatoes are one of the most produced vegetables in Tanzania due to their status as a staple and economic horticultural activity for smallholder and commercial farmers across the country. According to Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), the sudden increase in tomato production is attributed to…

Contraband hidden under load of bananas

Uttar Pradesh: 725 kg of marijuana seized

A Special Task Force (STF) team of Excise and Prohibition Department in Anakapalle arrested two persons and seized about 725 kg of marijuana being transported in a van this…

Bananas prices have soared to $ 110 / kg in the market

Argentine consumers called on to boycott bananas

The rise in fuel prices in Argentina has impacted the price levels of fruits and vegetables, which depend on transport. However, as reported by Omar Carrasco, head of the…

Daniel Oppermann, Import Promotion Desk (IPD)

German program supports Ecuadorian exports to Europe

Organic banana, pitahaya, and pomegranate producers had the opportunity to participate for the first time at the Fruit Attraction fair that was held in Madrid a few days ago thanks to the Import Promotion Desk (IPD), a German program to support small producers in developing countries in the export of…

Mexico strengthens its trade with China

Lourdes Cruz Trinidad, the General Coordinator of International Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sedar), reported that the Governments of Mexico and the Chinese province of Henan have agreed to strengthen their commercial relationship in order to open new markets in the…

Irish farmers warn of crops rotting in the field

The incessant wet weather is causing potatoes to rot in the ground; it has been an exceptionally wet autumn to date and a yellow rainfall warning for east coast counties was…

Celery, watermelon and broccoli see great growth in sales

The Q3 2019 issue of United Fresh’s FreshFacts® on Retail is now available to download from the publications library of the United Fresh website. This quarterly report…

USDA Exporter Guide

Australian agricultural sector internationally competitive exporting over 60 percent of its output

Australia has proven to be an appealing and profitable market for US companies for many years. Underpinning Australia's strong economy is its open and transparent trade and investment environment, and strong trade and economic links with emerging economies, particularly in Asia. Australia is the world's…

Vietnam: Ministry activities to increase farm produce export opportunities

The Ministry of Industry and Trade on November 1 officially deployed activities to promote advertising of agricultural and food products of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.…

Up until August

Germany, France and the UK, took 54% of Spanish fruit and veg exports

During the first eight months of 2019, the value of fresh Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to Germany, France and the United Kingdom (the three main destinations for fruit and vegetable products from Spain) amounted to 5,354 million Euro, according to statistics from the General Directorate of…

National attempt to tackle the 4 billion-pound food waste

UK supermarkets should remove 'best before' dates

According to a major study published on Tuesday, UK supermarkets could save £4 bln worth of food from going into bins by removing ‘best before’ dates where possible. The study is backed by advice to British retailers to sell fresh fruit and veg loose, where suitable, to cut plastic packaging. “Around a…

Peru seeks to increase export supply to China

The diversification of markets and export products provide opportunities to improve and increase Peru's global exports, contributing to the nation’s economic growth. China is…

Foodservice report focuses on produce in kids' menus

Produce Alliance, a company specializing in providing fresh produce procurement and distribution services to food service clients, is now the sponsor of United Fresh’s…

Italian fruit and veg to be showcased in the UAE in new campaign

With the financial aid of the EU, Italian fruits and vegetables consortium CSO Italy is seeking to increase awareness and appreciation of fresh and processed fruits and…

Seventeen MI schools to receive salad bars to increase students' healthy options

Seventeen Michigan schools are receiving salad bars to increase fresh, healthy options courtesy of United Fresh Start Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The…

Fresh arrivals of onions & tomatoes into India set to bring down prices

In New Delhi markets, arrivals of onions and tomatoes have substantially improved over the last three days. This may help reduce wholesale and retail prices here, said a high-level meeting convened to review prices and availability of staple kitchen vegetables on Friday. According to the data presented…

UAE importer triples head office size

Kibsons accelerates growth with head office in Dubai

UAE-based importer and distributor of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meat, Kibsons, announced the opening of their 12km2 head office and cold storage warehouse,…

Malaysia-Vietnam trade boost

“There is great scope for the horticultural and floricultural industries for both nations”

Malaysia is targeting to push its trade volume with Vietnam to US$15 billion by next year. Vietnam-Malaysia Business Association spokesperson Dinh Hai Yen said that for last…

Gujarat - India

Prices of winter vegetables rising in Ahmedabad

Skyrocketing vegetable prices in Ahmedabad have once again made consumers and restaurateurs nervous. Because of the extended monsoon and the delayed onset of winter, the harvest of several winter greens and other vegetables has been delayed. As a result, wholesale as well as retail prices of several…

USDA: Period of 10/26 to 11/07

Advertised prices for specialty crops at major US retail supermarket outlets

This week, US retailers switched their focus from Halloween right to Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Pomegranates, cranberries, avocados, and pineapples were showcased along with both soft and hard squashes, potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and onions. Salad items like bagged salad, cucumbers,…

Richard Bevelander and Johan Welings, De Groot van Dommele about new season in Spanish:

"Fewer mandarins, gap in leafy vegetables supply and quick switch to fruit & veg"

The supply of Spanish mandarins is running behind previous years. "Our suppliers indicate that they expect much less volume until week 47/48. There are mainly small sizes on the market, which means that the price of the larger sizes will increase," says Richard Bevelander of De Groot of Dommele.   "Sales are doing…

Dublin tomato grower extends Aldi deal for five years

North County Dublin grower, Flynn’s Tomatoes, has won a new five-year contract worth €14 million with Aldi Ireland to supply its 139 stores. The new deal will see Flynn’s Tomatoes supply Aldi with 10.5 million packs of Irish grown Bord Bia approved tomatoes across eight different varieties, including…

Foreign fruit and veg often sold as domestic produce in Poland

Imported fruits and vegetables are increasingly offered as domestic produce in Poland. Retail chains are doing this to sell potatoes from the Netherlands, cabbages from…

TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh urges Britons to consume seasonal fruit

‘Britains shouldn’t eat tomatoes in winter’

According to Alan Titchmarsh, shoppers in the UK need to start buying seasonal British products and stop expecting to eat strawberries and tomatoes in winter. The broadcaster…

Peter Windhaber, Windhaber fruit company:

"It's nice to see something extraordinary"

In the fruit and vegetable trade, you should probably always respond to customer demand for exotic products - especially as a catering supplier. But regional and seasonal classics can not be ignored either. Peter Windhaber, managing director of the Windhaber fruit company from Stubenberg am See (Austria)…

India: Onion and tomato prices continue to surge in capital

Despite government measures, New Delhi continues to face surging prices of onions and tomatoes in the range of Rs 60-70/kg  (€0.76-90) in the retail markets. The two kitchen staples are being sold at up to Rs 70 per kg, depending on the quality and locality, as per trade data. The data maintained by the Consumer…

Thirsty export crops are consuming too much of Tunisia's water

Poor planning, sparse water resources and the worsening impacts of climate change have combined to create a crippling water crisis in Tunisia, say civil society groups. In…

Banana exports to Cameroon Jan-Sep 2019 close to -25% year-on-year

The volume of banana exported by producers operating in Cameroon between January and September 2019 was 155,435 tons. According to figures provided by the banana producers’ association Assobacam, during the same period last year, this volume was 203,721 tons. This equals to a year to year drop of 48,286…

Vietnam: Agriculture exporters must change approach for better access to Chinese market

Vietnamese business leaders and Government officials have stated that measures must be taken by the nation’s companies to adapt to changes in China’s import regulations for…

State by state export data

Although a state’s actual agricultural export value cannot be measured directly, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates State exports of total and selected commodities based on US farm-cash-receipts data. State shares of US farm receipts are updated annually in calculating State-level export values to foreign…

South Africa: Agricultural employment up marginally in Q3 - 2019

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey data for the third quarter of 2019 shows that South Africa’s primary agricultural employment jumped by 4,5% year-on-year (y/y) from the same…

Turkish horticultural industry rediscovers its potential

A couple of years ago the Turkish horticultural industry, a market with great potential, was hit severely by the Russian boycott and the ensuing political crisis. Since the relations with Russia stabilised again, export opportunities have returned. On top of that, both growers and suppliers found new…

Miguel Gonzalez about MG Fruit's first 5 years:

"You need guts to limit your range and outsource logistics, but it works"

Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesale company, MG Fruit, recently turned five. This company was set up by Maaike and Miguel Gonzalez. Before starting their own business, they had been active in the Dutch fruit and vegetable trade sector for more than 30 years. "In the past, many wholesalers offered in the…

Australian company spreading the Christmas cheer through fruit gifts

An Australian-based company providing fresh produce-based gift hampers, is already taking orders ahead of the Christmas rush. iGift® Fruit Hampers was created in 2014 with the vision to deliver high-quality, personalised fruit gift hampers to the Australian market. The company's biggest selling Christmas…

Result of sanctions on EU food imports

Russian consumers pay an extra $7bn a year

The Russian sanctions on the import of EU food products is costing Russian consumers RUB445bn ($7bn) a year, or about $50 a year per head, according to a study by economists at RANEPA and CEFIR, Kommersant reported on October 29. And the cost is mainly borne by consumers that absorb 84% of the increased…

Singapore vegetable prices soar as monsoon season arrives early

The monsoon season has caused prices of some vegetables in Singapore to rise by 70 percent and even triple for at least one type, according to importers of fruits and vegetables. The rainy season has arrived a month early in Malaysia. The Penang Island Vegetable Wholesalers Association said prices of…

Canadian greenhouse growers: “We ‘grow for the world', but produce isn’t found in local stores”

How much of the produce grown in southwestern Ontario stays in southwestern Ontario? According to some greenhouse growers, it's not enough, especially since they're producing…

Cover for tropical fruits to curb losses & food waste

REWE Group tests edible protective coatings

The REWE Group is the first trader in Germany to test the "Coating". Their fruit is given a thin edible coating that reduces cellular respiration and keeps the fruit fresh for longer. To look good, stay fresh and taste good: food technologists have long been tinkering with how to improve the shelf life, texture…

PMA Fresh Summit exhibitors donate 228,400lbs of produce to food bank

More than 250,000 hungry children, seniors and families helped each month by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County will share in a bounty of healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables gifted by the global fresh produce industry. The donation of 228,400 pounds of produce to Second Harvest was made…

Vietnamese farm goods: Export turnover to South Korea remains low

While South Korea imports lots of agricultural products every year, Vietnamese farm produce merely accounts for 6 percent as the prices of Vietnamese products are still fairly…

Poor rains delay plantings other parts of South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal: Amazing agricultural recovery

The farming sector in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is growing at a 12% clip thanks to good rains, while the country’s key maize-growing areas have delayed plantings due to the…

Spanish fruit and veg exports up to August grew by 9% in volume and 4% in value

The volume of fresh fruits and vegetables exported by Spain up to August 2019 stood at 9.2 million tons worth 9,363 million Euro. This entails a 9% increase in terms of volume…

The positions of France and Spain in Europe and large export markets

France as a major apple producer and Spain as the leading exporter of stone fruits in Europe each have different assets to position themselves on the European and other major export markets. “French products are a guarantee of quality. Both for stone fruits and apples, France enjoys a very good…

UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions Study:

“To encourage healthy eating in the US, focus on mobile produce and farmers markets”

According to new research from the University at Buffalo, smaller players in the produce trade -such as mobile and farmers markets- are the cream of the crop when it comes to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income communities. Opening new supermarkets, however, has not been shown to…

US agribusinesses: Looking for growth in stormy weather

Falling commodity prices in recent years for a host of reasons have weighed on farm income. Over the past couple of years, the dramatic fall in net farm income in 2015 and 2016 seems to be leveling out at a lower level. However, according to an article on businessfacilities.com¸ America’s farmers are…

Tito Mboweni urged to prioritise South African agri export goals

South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has been urged to consider making more funds available to drive SA’s agriculture export objectives. Mboweni delivers his…

UK: Borough Market Harvest Celebrations

Borough Market will be celebrating the UK's rich harvest heritage over the three days in the glass fronted Market Hall. Displays will highlight the enormous number of different varieties of apple, squash and other harvest produce available as well as showing visitors the joy of 'growing your own' and…

Sicilian luxury produce reaches Dubai

A trade mission from Sicily visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to promote PGI table grapes from Mazzarrone with a special focus on the H&R sector. Click here for the photo gallery Italia grapes Trade agreements are based on the fact that the grapes supplied is extremely fresh, as it is harvested…

Eric Roy, Laurance Primeurs:

“For several years now, French consumers have been buying seasonal products”

“Only a few independent groups still supply restaurants in France,” reports Eric Roy. The company Laurance Primeurs is one of them, working throughout the Île-de-France, with a revenue of nearly 60 million euros [66.5 million USD].                       Eric joined the company in September and is in charge of the group’s strategy and development. The company’s policy is reflected in a local and environmental approach. “We establish short circuits with the…

Malaysian government wants Khazanah and private firms to invest in large scale vegetable farming

The Malaysian government is encouraging private firms and government-owned companies such as Khazanah Nasional Bhd to invest in large scale fruit and vegetable farming to…

Elisa Macchi (CSO Italy)

Export crisis caused by production problems

The data on export and the balance of trade of Italian fresh produce are progressively worsening. The first negative financial result in history was reported over the past few days, but a deeper analysis revealed that the drop in competitiveness of the produce is progressive and it will be hard to change…

Anteus Fruits

“Even the most demanding clients are turning to Moroccan products”

For Anteus, a producer in the Agadir region of Morocco, the 2019-2020 season started very well. The first trucks have arrived and the quality is there.                 The beginning of the marketing was quite complicated, due to temperatures that were too warm for the season…

Asia & Europe important markets for Vietnamese fruit and veg

Asia and Europe are important markets for Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports and imports, and flowers could be next. A seminar on horticulture and floriculture exports titled 'New movement in Asian and European markets' was held by the organisers of HortEx Vietnam in Hà Nội on Thursday. Fruit and…

"Quality is key to boost fruit and vegetable exports of Bangladesh"

According to industry experts, Bangladesh has been failing to export its fruits and vegetables due to a lack of quality and variety sought by importing countries. Amid this situation, they said Bangladesh needs to take concerted efforts to ensure safety and certify farmers so that they get fair prices…

Demanding solution from Nigerian government

Benue tomato farmers tired of wastage

Several tomato farmers in Benue have called on their state government to buy up surplus tomatoes across the state to curb wastage. The farmers said the government could do…

California - US

Mendocino County had a booming farm year in 2018

In 2018, Mendocino County, Cal., had a booming agricultural year, according to the crop report presented to the Board of Supervisors. The gross value of agricultural commodities for the year was $320,576,970, according to Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures Jim…

"We have the obligation to supply the nation"

Chilean National Confederation of Freight Transport will not participate in the general strike

The Unitary Central of Workers (CUT) of Chile has appealed to the various productive sectors of the country to carry out a general strike on October 23 and 24. This mobilization could be joined by the port sector, which decided to initiate a total stoppage of its activities on Monday, October 21, after…

Australian Table Grape Association

New minimum maturity standards to increase table grape consumer confidence

The Australian Table Grape Association is putting new minimum maturity standards in place to coincide with the 2019-20 harvest. The association says the new standards are aimed at giving consumers confidence to buy more table grapes. It says it'll ensure most Australian table grapes bought from major retailers…

BLE Market Report KW 42/19:

"Italy dominated grape sales with Italia, Crimson Seedless and Red Globe"

Italy dominated the table grape scene with Italia, Crimson Seedless and Red Globe. After these, Turkish Sultanas and Greek Thompson Seedless followed. Alphonse Lavallée from France and Crimson Seedless from Greece, Spain and Turkey completed the scene. The presence of overseas imports were not yet too…

PMA CEO Cathy Burns’ annual State of the Industry:

“How do we as an industry be of profound use to consumers?”

The PMA Fresh Summit was held from October 17 through 19 in Anaheim this year. On October 17th, the event kicked off with a Forum for the Future, in which Cathy Burns, CEO of the PMA, gave her annual State of the Industry. During this talk, she discussed past, current, and projected trends in the…

Market analysis of Chinese fruit and veg prices in the second half of 2019

The Chinese fruit and vegetable prices began to soar in March. In the period between April and July the prices increased by an average of 12% in comparison with previous…

But agricultural imports reached $3.9 billion at 10% year-on-year

Ukraine boosts agri-exports by almost a quarter

According to the press service of the Ukrainian Club of Agricultural Business Association said, exports of Ukrainian agricultural products in January-September 2019 increased…

Iranian agrifood exports reach $1.9 bln in five months

More than 2.5 million tons of agrifood products worth $1.95 million were exported from Iran during the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21 - Aug. 22).  “This…

Stanford University Research

Emphasizing flavor to boost US vegetable consumption

Although current dietary guidelines encourage people to fill half their plate with plants at every meal, according to the CDC, only about 10% of Americans eat the recommended…

12% of Spanish agrifood sales to the US in danger

The Bank of Spain forecasts an impact of €130 million because of the new tariffs instated by the Trump administration. This will be the damage suffered by the Spanish agrifood sector because of its lower sales in the US market. According to an article on agroberichtenbuitenland.nl, the Spanish economy is…

ANZ: Farmer confidence sunk by policy uncertainty

Although meat and dairy prices are strong and horticulture is doing fine, farmer and business confidence in the primary sector remains low, according to the latest ANZ Bank…

Tan Thanh Border Gate

Nearly 400 vehicles with farm produce remain stuck at Vietnam-China border

After the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sent a delegation to Tan Thanh Border Gate to evaluate the situation in which 500 trucks were held up here, the Ministry of Industry and Trade on October 22 also sent a delegation to the border gate to look for solutions to resolve congestion.…

New Salzburg company sees great demand for exotic fruits and vegetables

"Supplying foreign specialist retailers and restaurateurs is an interesting market niche"

Many foreign restaurateurs and specialist retailers have found a place in Austrian cities. Accordingly, new marketing opportunities have arisen for wholesalers in this urban environment. If you show at least a wide range of exotic fruit and vegetable products. The wholesaler All Day Fresh GmbH in Salzburg…

Singapore importers fined $24,200 for illegally importing fresh vegetables and processed food

On Wednesday, nine Singapore importers were fined $23,000 for illegally importing fresh vegetables. Two of these were even fined an additional $600 each for illegally importing processed food for sale, according to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). From March to August, officers from SFA and the former…

Asaja Almería

"Almeria is having the worst start to fruit and veg campaign of the last six years"

As reported by the agricultural organization Asaja Almería, the province's fruit and vegetable sector is having the worst start of the campaign for the last six years, with a…

New Zealand: Contribution of horticulture to GDP is growing

In New Zealand, primary sector confidence seems to be shifting from dairy into horticulture. The latest figures from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) bear out the…

Turkey gives subsidies to fresh fruit and vegetable sector

The Turkish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Bekir Pakdemirli, has announced that subsidies will be provided to the fruit and vegetable sector within the scope of the EU project for pre-accession countries, known as The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in Rural Development (IPARD). "220 fruit…

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Record-breaking number of attendees at Fresh Summit Anaheim

This past Friday and Saturday, PMA Fresh Summit was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The show attracted a record-breaking 24,000 attendees. Although the first day traditionally is the busiest day, this year the second day drew many visitors to the convention center again.…

Sunny Verghese – CEO Olam Group

Olam Ghana celebrates 25th anniversary

Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Olam International Limited, has cited Ghana’s positive business environment and strong governance as major reasons for the company’s growth. He also lauded the quality of the country’s talent and the commitment of its employees. Olam Ghana is celebrating its…

EU launches Fruit and Vegetable Market Observatory

The EU Fruit and Vegetable Market Observatory was officially presented on October 18. It will provide greater transparency and short-term analyses to a key sector for European agriculture, which accounts for around 24% of the value of the EU's agricultural production. There will be periodic updates with…

How to get the fruit and veg you need without busting the budget in the U.S.

Americans know that fresh foods can be expensive, especially if you're trying to go organic. But if you want to eat healthier by skipping processed, packaged foods, it is possible to keep costs under control and still get in the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. The U.S. Department of…

Trade between Vietnam and US on the upswing

According to the US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, US agricultural exports to Vietnam have skyrocketed. Ted McKinney, undersecretary for trade and…

'Goal is to maintain a good reputation at a global level'

European agri-food products to be promoted globally

On October 21st, the European Commission and its consumers, health, agriculture and food executive agency CHAFEA, have approved 81 campaigns to promote EU agri-food products…

Turkey exported 2.2 million tons of fresh produce in nine months

Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association's Chairman Hayrettin Ucak announced that in the first nine-months of 2019, Turkey exported 2.2 million tons of fresh fruits and vegetables in return of 1,355,000,000 USD (1.2 billion Euro). Speaking at the Interfresh Eurasia fair, Ucak stressed…

Demand for California and Mexican bell peppers back up

Supplies of bell peppers look consistent compared to last year at this time. “Supply has been consistent but the timing has been somewhat different due to variable weather patterns throughout the season,” says Katy Johnson of Prime Time International in Coachella, Ca. “Each growing location has been…

Adult Ukrainians eat only 50% of advised vegetables and less than 30% of fruits and berries

Adult Ukrainians consume just half the amount of vegetables (174 grams versus the recommended 300 grams per day) and less than 30% of fruits and berries (83 grams versus 300…

How things stand in the mushroom sector

The rainy season is upon the Netherlands, and autumn is here again. When the weather turns, the mushroom season begins anew. In the summer, it was doom and gloom for the sector, with several companies filing for bankruptcy. The industry has also had to deal with rock-bottom prices for its products. How…

Period of Jan.-Sept. 2019

Turkey's agricultural exports to Germany

From January to September 2019, Turkey's exports of fruits and vegetables to Germany grew by 2% compared to the same period in 2018. It amounted to 100,452 tons, according to…

Exporter Euro Fruits working on integrating new varieties

'EU exports to India grew by 306% in value between 2014 and 2017'

Fruit Attraction 2019, the Spain-based trade exhibition for the global fresh produce sector is expected to feature more than 200 importers, retailers and buyers from India at this year’s edition, reflecting the stated aspirations of the Indian and Spanish governments to increase bilateral trade between…

Chile: Biodynamic production of blueberries in the spotlight

The biodynamic plantation of blueberries at Matetic Farms, near Casablanca, in the region of Valparaiso, has caught the eye of the External Advisory Council (CAE) of INIA La…

US farmers losing out to cheaper Mexican produce

According to experts, the amount of US-grown fruits and vegetables on the domestic market is shrinking because of a surge of cheap Mexican produce. They claim that because of…


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