Florida lawmakers push for seasonal crop protections

In the past decades, trade deals with Mexico have left Florida farmers frustrated. That continued after the negotiation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which…

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Statement on Defending Domestic Produce Production Act

On Wednesday, The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate as S. 2080 by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL). The bill was…

Bild: BLE

BLE- Market report week 23/21:

'Spanish fruits outweighed Italian apricots'

The deliveries of apricots expanded: Spanish fruits apparently dominated over Italian ones. French and Turkish products did not go beyond a supplementary status. Demand could not keep pace with the increased availability. Stocks could mostly only be avoided by retailers reducing their previous demands.…

Qatar officials seize rotten fruits and vegetables

When inspectors from the Health Control Department in Doha Municipality inspected the stores of a food supplier in the Industrial Area, they came upon, seized and destroyed…

Senasa certifies another 11,000 tons of Argentine fruit and vegetables destined for Russia and the EU

Within the framework of the 2021 export campaign, the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa), certified a total of 11,000 tons of fresh fruit and…

Farmforte, AFGEAN, HYBR, ALTS partner to boost agriculture in Nigeria

A multiple partnership has been signed between Farmforte Limited, the Agricultural Fresh Produce Growers and Exporters Association of Nigeria (AFGEAN), HYBR, a pan-African…

Papua New Guinea spends over K1 bln annually on fruits and vegetable imports

According to Minister for Agriculture and Livestock John Simon, Papua New Guinea spends over K1 billion (€240 mln) annually on fruits and vegetables that can be grown in the…

NZ farm exports are forecast to hit a record $49.1 billion next year

According to a government report, New Zealand farm exports are predicted to hit a record $49.1 billion, up 3.4 per cent, over the next year. The Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report, released today at Fieldays, near Hamilton, says by June 2025 the sector’s exports are forecast to reach…

Drought in US could affect production in several states

A spring that was dryer than normal could mean trouble for for East Idaho area farmers, especially potato farmers. Tony Olenichak, the water master for Water District 1 in…

US and EU agree truce over Airbus-Boeing subsidy tariff dispute

The United States and the European Union have agreed a truce in their decades long conflict over aircraft subsidies, agreeing to a suspension for five years with regard to a…

New ‘e-Vegetable Market’ application

Greece: Renti Vegetable Market digitalization welcomed

Traders have already shown great interest for the new "e-Vegetable Market" application from the Central Vegetable Market of Renti, which enables parties to make their…

United Fresh looks forward to working on new grant programs

Yesterday, USDA Secretary Vilsack announced $4 billion to ag producers and businesses in Round II of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. As part of the $4…

Pakistan vegetable exports grew by 1.51% from July to April 2020-2021

During the period from July-April '20-'21, vegetables worth US $ 277,5 mln were exported as compared to the US $ 273,4 mln of same period of last year. Data from the Pakistan…

An overview of AI technologies in African agriculture

As demonstrated in our previous posts, agriculture plays a crucial role in the economic sector of Africa. Over 60% of sub-Saharan Africans are smallholder farmers and nearly a quarter of Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture. While agriculture already serves a great purpose in the region, there is vast…

UK growers’ reaction to free trade deal with Australia

It appears that UK farmers are very concerned that animal welfare and environmental standards will be undermined in the UK's free trade deal with Australia, despite PM…

Foto: Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis), 2021

Producer prices of crop products:

+11.5% in April 2021 due to sustained high demand

Producer prices of agricultural products were 2.6% higher in April 2021 than in April 2020. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) further reports, the price decline for animal products was again offset this month by the 11.5% price increase for crop products compared with April 2020. Compared to…

Fruit export to China from Vietnam on the increase

According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the nation’s fruit export to China enjoyed a great increase in the first five months of 2021, in spite of…

Dutch onion sector should be able to increase epxorts

Netherlands want to increase market share in Vietnam’s $22 billion agri-food market

Over the past decades, the Netherlands, which is the second largest agriculture exporter in the world, has seen its food related exports to Vietnam increase slowly. However,…

South Australian growers push for Pacific Island travel bubble

South Australia's seasonal worker quarantine facility is to shut down this week as the final group of international workers prepares to start picking on citrus farms in the…

Washington’s state agri exporters in a pinch as consumers shop online

A shipping container shortage sparked by intensified online shopping is the latest complication faced by Washington farmers, who have been battered by difficult trade…

Save Foods announces expansion of use of SavePROTECT across all SiCar Farms Persian Lime Packing House Facilities

Save Foods, Inc. an agri-food-tech company focused on developing and selling eco-friendly products specifically designed to extend the shelf life and ensure food safety of…

Peruvian agro-exports increased by 50% in April

Peruvian agro-exports increased by 50% in April, totaling 526 million dollars compared to the 350 million registered during the same month last year, according to the Ministry…

Vietnamese growers incur big losses as export channels to China get stuck

Prices of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables have plummeted because they cannot be exported to China. In fruit centers, farmers are incurring big losses despite bountiful crops.…

"This year was characterised by brilliant fruit harvests, including apples, citrus, avocados and grapes"

South African agribusiness confidence extremely high

According to a statement by Agbiz, in the second quarter of this year, Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index figures reached the highest level since its inception in 2001.…

Trent De Paoli - De Paoli Orchards

Focusing on value, not production volume, holds the key to fresh produce business growth into the future

A Queensland farmer and entrepreneur says the future of fruit and vegetable grower revolves around creating better value and quality rather than focusing on just increasing volumes and prices. Trent De Paoli from De Paoli Orchards had a vision of how to secure more farm profits by doing something…

Imports of organic agri-food products decreased slightly between 2019 and 2020

The EU consumes more and more organic products but imports fewer volumes

The "'EU imports of organic agri-food products: Key developments in 2020' report, published recently by the European Commission, reveals that even though the EU market for…

The decision will allow the exports of the affected agri-food products to the US to recover

Spanish Government celebrates the five-year suspension of tariffs between the US and the EU

The Government of Spain welcomed the decision to suspend for five years all the tariffs that the United States and the European Union imposed on each other within the…

Freshlink has been active for over 4 years

"Being flexible and keeping our promises, that's what we stand for"

Over four years ago, Vincent Schoen started his company Freshlink in the Dutch town of Hengelo and later re-located to the building of Goes Handling in De Meern, aimed at the import and export of fruits from overseas. “I’m happy with the developments of the past couple of years. It was hard work, but we…

Vegetable prices Singapore up due to wet weather and Covid-19 curbs in Malaysia

Wet weather conditions in Malaysia have affected the supply of vegetables to Singapore, which has caused their prices to inch up at some wet markets here. The price of…

Russia to start importing Azerbaijani apples and tomatoes by rail

Russia’s phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor will authorize import of Azerbaijani tomatoes and apples by railway starting from June 15. The shipment of apples and tomatoes…

EU agri-food trade surplus increased during January-February 2021

In January and February 2021, the value of EU agri-food exports totalled €28.5 billion (a decrease of 6% compared to the same period in 2020). The value of imports fell by…

Fifteen food trends farmers can expect in 2021 and beyond

The food industry worked hard during the global pandemic adapting to change. COVID-19 rewrote the playbook for grocery stores. What can farmers expect from food trends in 2021…

Stats NZ

Stats NZ: Vegetable prices rose in May 2021

Rising vegetable prices were the largest contributor to a 0.4 percent rise for food prices in May 2021, Stats NZ said today. Vegetable prices rose 3.4 percent in May, with rising prices for tomatoes, capsicum, and lettuce. These rises were partly offset by lower prices for fruit, down 5.2 percent, with…

UK: Jupiter Group and Babybel® launch snackpack

Fresh produce grower and prepared food solution provider, Jupiter Group has this week unveiled the latest update to its offering, partnering with Babybel® to launch Babybel Light Cheese, Apple & Grapes, a new addition to their line-up. Jupiter’s innovative 75g new snack pack is launching in the…

USDA restricts PACA violators and lifts reparation sanctions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on five produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.76 this week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas stood at £0.76 for bananas…

USDA

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

Asparagus from Mexico movements expected to remain the same, with moderate trading

Now that more than a year has passed since the official beginning of the pandemic in the United States, somber reports are being issued highlighting just how bad the impact has been on the foodservice industry. A January 2021 Forbes report showed an estimated 140,000 U.S. restaurants closed for business…

Relationship of 35+ years

Choosing a safe and reliable ethylene application for fruit ripening

Providing the equipment to ripen fresh produce is more than just a business to Catalytic Generators – it’s serving the public by providing them with ripe, ready-to-eat produce. “We want every shopper to be able to walk into their local grocer, need tropical fruit or tomatoes for a recipe, find them and…

Coming in at $41.25 billion in 2020-21

India’s agriculture exports increase by 17.34%

India’s export of agricultural and allied products in 2020-21 grew by 17.34 per cent to USD 41.25 billion. A top government official said last week that this momentum is…

UK growers fear that Brexit has caused ‘massive hole’ in numbers of fruit pickers

Some growers claim that Brexit has caused a “massive hole” in the numbers of people coming to the UK to pick fruit in the summer months. According to some, this is putting…

UK 'Pick For Britain' scheme failed to recruit British volunteers

The British government spent more than £30,000 promoting the failed Pick For Britain scheme, some say. Farmers could not recruit the 60,000 British volunteers needed to save…

Egypt to accede to Saudi requirements for fresh agri exports

Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Authority and the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture,…

Growing potatoes and carrots on 269,000 acres Facebook

Bill Gates is America’s biggest farmer

Bill Gates, the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, has been interested in agriculture for a while now. Believe it or not, this has led to Gates becoming America’s…

Vietnam

E-commerce is a great distribution avenue for fresh fruits in times of pandemic

For traders in Vietnam, the Covid-19 pandemic has really paved the way for e-commerce in distributing fresh produce. Earlier this month, the famous lychee grown in the…

Growing demand for produce shelf life extension

As the demand for shelf life-extending products for fresh produce continues to grow, companies that specialize in those technologies are continuing to roll out new products…

Photo Report: Hort Connections 2021

Queensland farmers Andrew and David Moon, from Moonrocks, picked up the top award at the National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, being crowned Grower of the Year. Moonrocks is a fifth-generation family farm in St. George producing vegetables including Onions, Garlic and Broccoli. “The Grower of the…

APS Produce

UK tomato grower welcomes Aldi deal

A tomato grower from Cheshire has welcomed the impact of its partnership with Aldi. APS Produce started supplying goods to the supermarket in 2010. Now it delivers more than…

Southern New Mexico: Growers heavily impacted by water cutbacks

The severe drought that is affecting the Borderland has hit growers hard. They now mostly have to rely on Mother Nature to get some rain, but that’s quite risky. Farm manager…

Russia ups exports of greenhouse cucumbers and tomatoes to Poland and other EU countries

A rapid development of the greenhouse business in Russia has led to the replacement of a significant part of imports and forced Russia to enter on foreign markets. Russia…

Impact of weather on 2021 fruit crops:

Fruit processors raise concern over insufficient supplies

In view of the negative weather impact on the main fruit growing areas in Southern Europe, the European fruit processing industry raises serious concerns about sufficient raw…

Rungis market picking up pace as restaurants reopen

The MIN market of Rungis is buzzing with activity. Since the beginning of the week, restaurant owners have been crowding the market aisles, following the reopening of restaurants. The 1,200 wholesalers are now ready. The objective is to be able to deliver to the restaurants on time. According to Yoni…

Tim O'Malley - Nationwide Produce

"Perfectly good graded and packed fresh produce is being dumped"

A shocking headline….but true. The acute shortage of HGV drivers is now the direct cause of perfectly good, graded and packed fresh produce being dumped or rotting in cold…

USA

Growth opportunity for grocery e-commerce remains

The pandemic changed everything about groceries. While grocery e-commerce had been an area of growth, online food and beverage sales exploded in 2020. IRI and 210 Analytics…

Freshfel Europe & Copa-Cogeca bring fresh eyes to the EU promotion of fruit, vegetables & other agri products

Today Freshfel Europe and Copa-Cogeca jointly held an online public event, ‘Bringing fresh eyes to the promotion of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products’, to put…

Moroccan delegation to travel to Israel to promote agri cooperation

Only a few months after Morocco signed the Abraham Accords, establishing full diplomatic ties with Israel, a large delegation from the country will arrive in Israel. The…

Initial losses could amount to nearly 2 million euro

The latest storms affected some 3,000 hectares of crops in the provinces of Valencia and Castellon

According to La Unio de Llauradors' first emergency assessment, yesterday's storms affected some 3,000 hectares of crops in the provinces of Valencia and Castellon, and initial losses could amount to nearly 2 million euro. The storms arrived unexpectedly. The AEMET did not foresee any type of…

James Kabrovski - Forward Insight & Strategy

“We have over 20 years’ experience of working with leading international businesses within the fresh produce sector"

Forward Insight & Strategy is a global strategic research and insights agency, focused on understanding markets and building brand and innovation strategies that build value…

Murcia's fruit and vegetable exports in the first quarter of the year exceed 760 million euro

The Region of Murcia's fruit and vegetable exports rebounded in the first quarter of the year. Between January and March 2021, regional sales abroad amounted to 761.39 million…

"For a lot of companies, the key trends that we looked at stayed true"

PMA Australia-New Zealand's State of the Industry report discussed at Hort Connections

Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand's CEO told Hort Connections that while the COVID-19 pandemic has provided many disruptions, some key Australian fresh produce consumer trends have not changed significantly. Discussing the organisation's State of the Industry report, three key members…

United Fresh responds to announcement on addressing food insecurity

Following the USDA’s announcement on addressing food insecurity, Robert Guenther, United Fresh's SVP of policy, made this statement: “United Fresh Produce Association and our…

Hort Connections event hears how vegetable exporters collaborated more during pandemic

A Queensland vegetable grower has told the Growcom Horticulture Export Congress how producers came together at the start of the pandemic to help keep international supply running. Speaking at the event, which is being run in conjunction with Hort Connections, National Sales Manager at Mulgowie Farming,…

Awareness-raising action to make the situation of the Spanish agro-food sector more visible.

Coexphal warns about the consequences of marketing products of Moroccan origin

The Board of Directors of Coexphal has presented the awareness-raising initiative "Origen Marruecos" ("Origin Morocco"), which aims to address the situation suffered by the Spanish agro-food sector due to trade agreements with Morocco. It has been sparked by the current diplomatic and humanitarian crisis…

Using Pinduoduo's patent-pending cold-chain logistics system

China: Strong demand for vegetables and fruits on Duo Duo Grocery

Duo Duo Grocery (DDG), the grocery delivery service run by China's largest agriculture platform Pinduoduo, is seeing a strong demand for fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to…

42 fresh markets under Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority

Malaysian fresh markets provide opportunities for traders

A total of 42 fresh markets under the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) have recorded RM18.9 million (€3.780.000) in sales in the past 10 days. The sales figure…

Tropical Primary Products

Northern Territory tropical fruit grower expanding durian production

A Northern Territory tropical fruit company is preparing to expand its durian production, hoping to get the best value out of its crop. Tropical Primary Products (TPP) is already Australia's largest durian farm, and Manager Han Shiong Siah says new trees will be planted on land previously used for part…

Mexico: Tomato exports broke last year’s record with a growth of 20%

Mexico broke its own growth record for tomato exports in 2020; the positive trend continued into the first quarter. Last year saw a 20.6% increase on the previous year,…

Norwegian ’tomato capital’ to push for carbon neutral production

The town of Finnoy is known by Norwegians as the country’s ‘tomato producing capital’. One company, Lauvsnes Gartneri, is yielding up to 4 million tomatoes each year.…

Excess rain threatens Texas crops

Rains are continuing through Southeast Texas this week, with people concerned about potential floods returning to the area. While many farmers appreciate what rain can do for…

USDA

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

'Asparagus crossings from Mexico movement expected to decrease slightly'

The heat of summer comes with its own challenges for grower-shippers, as many specialty crops grow best under warm, rather than hot, weather. As such, growing regions face constant transitions such as the ones underway right now, where one area will be finishing up just as harvest begins in another. In…

CBP again points to prohibited items that can cause severe fruit loss if imported

CBP and CBP Agriculture Specialists working at El Paso area ports of entry have made 10 agriculture seizures this past week. Violators were fined $2,775 and their items were…

"We are just so excited to be able to run the event again"

Delegates gathering in Brisbane as Hort Connections 2021 gets underway

Celebrating the achievements of the Australian horticulture industry over one of the most challenging and disruptive periods will be a major focus of Hort Connections which officially gets underway Tuesday, according to the organisers. "We are just so excited to be able to run the event again," AUSVEG…

In 2020, consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits in Spanish households grew by 12.5% and 10%, respectively

Spanish fresh fruit consumption totaled 4,611 million kilos in 2020, i.e. 10% more than in 2019, and spending on these products increased by 21.8%, totaling 7,881 million…

Freshfel annual event touches on changes to food systems following Covid-pandemic

On our way to a new normal

If the Covid-pandemic did one thing it would have been that it made us more aware of the importance of a healthy diet. Also it acts as an accelerator of change. We are on our way to a new normal. In…

Clarence Mwale – Fair-Mark

The man connecting Zimbabwe's resurgent horticulturalists with the export market

As the only licensed farm assurer for global accreditation in six Southern African countries, Harare-based Clarence Mwale works with 99% of the fresh produce exporters from the English-speaking parts in the region; he also has a Portuguese-speaking colleague who covers Mozambique and Angola. Right:…

'Africa ready to become a global hub for Agritech'

According to research commissioned by Microsoft and compiled by Africa Practice, the African agricultural sector is set for exponential growth in the coming decade, A…

USDA

USDA - Mexico: Tomato Annual

Mexican tomato production forecast to recover slightly from last year

Tomato production in Mexico is forecasted to recover slightly from last year, on more stable weather and sufficient rainfall levels in Sinaloa, the top producing state. However, ongoing drought conditions throughout the country will provide some uncertainty to final production levels. The reopening of…

Australian Mango Industry Association

"I still believe the growth potential domestically is huge"

The new Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) Chief Executive says he is looking to capitalise on strong domestic demand for the fruit as the foundation for the growth. Brett Kelly says the industry is in a fortunate position where the demand is always going to be there and only going to grow into…

Dick Schaap on the extension of opening hours in the catering industry

“Purchases are already exceeding expectations”

Recent times haven't been easy for businesses working in or with the catering industry in the Netherlands but, fortunately, this is set to change this weekend. From 5 June, catering establishments in the country will be able to open again from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and receive guests inside. Dick Schaap…

KTL Global to acquire Tianci Agritech for $200,000

Offshore services firm KTL Global has announced that it has acquired Tianci Agritech, a private company that sells and distributes fresh vegetable and fruit produce, including…

The Fruits and Vegetables Working Group analyzes the situation of the files it is currently working on

Spain advances in the negotiations to open new markets

The Fruits and Vegetables Working Group has held its number 18 meeting to review the files it's working on for the opening of new markets for the export of Spanish fruits and…

Mexican exports to the United States do impact fruit and vegetable prices in Mexico

The Bank of Mexico has verified that Mexican fruit and vegetable exports to the United States have an impact on the prices of these products in the domestic market. The Bank's…

Spanish export costs to the UK see post-Brexit rise

As the UK was the third most important destination for Spanish fruit and vegetable exports, during the first quarter of this year, it achieved 6% growth in the value of…

Asaja said the Government must defend the interests of its farmers

Spain's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that the agreement with Morocco won't be reviewed

Asaja-Almeria met with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture to share the sector's concern about the repercussions that the Trade Agreement with Morocco is having on…

Twenty fruit and vegetable growers vs Landgard

Information from Taspo claims that "at the end of May, more than twenty domestic fruit and vegetable producers terminated their contract with Landgard Obst & Gemüse Ltd & Co.,…

Washington State reverses course on vaccinated farm workers

Following ongoing appeals by Washington state’s leading agricultural groups, state regulators announced on Friday that fully vaccinated farm workers do not have to wear a mask…

Chile's maritime foreign trade increased by 23.4% in the first quarter

According to the Comparative Analysis of Foreign Trade in the First quarter of 2021 vs. the same quarter of 2020 of the Maritime Port Chamber of Chile, Camport, the total…

Encouraging trend for the export of Greek products

The value of Greek export products could increase by 3.3 percent in the current year, says Elisa Hübel of the Griechenland Zeitung. This is the assumption of numerous Greek…

Higher shipping costs are deleterious to smaller firms

Despite high demand, Vietnamese exporters are struggling to send their goods abroad because of a nearly five-fold year-on-year surge in container shipping costs. Shipping…

Julie Caignon, VOLTZ Maraîchage:

“We have great ambitions for all European countries”

Earlier this year, Graines VOLTZ, a distributor, developer and breeder of vegetable and flower varieties, divided its activities into two commercial structures: VOLTZ Maraîchage for food production and VOLTZ Horticulture for home and city gardens.  The two entities supply seeds and plants to professionals.…

British Columbia ‘moving very cautiously’ on farm workers’ minimum wages'

As British C2qolumbia’s minimum wages rise to the highest of any Canadian province – $15.20 an hour effective June 1 – the Labor Ministry is continuing to study the piece-rate…

Standing fruit and vegetable crops damaged

Rain and hail hits crops in north Kashmir

Heavy rains, wind and hail have caused havoc in several parts of Handwara and Baramulla on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in damage to standing crops of vegetables and apple…

Iran: Agricultural and food exports to Iraq at 11 billion dollars in five years

Over the last five years, Iran has exported $11 billion worth of food and agricultural products to Iraq, said the General Manager for the Arab and African countries of Trade…

Turkish growers welcome new Russian tomato import quota

Turkish producers and exporters have welcomed Russia’s decision to raise the upper limit for tomato imports from their lands. The fresh fruit and vegetable sector applauded…

The value of exports increased by 6% in the first quarter of the year

The United Kingdom continues to be the third market destination for the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector

According to the latest data updated by the Customs and Special Taxes Department of the Tax Agency, in the first three months of 2021, Spain exported 461,666 tons of fresh…

South Africa: Bumper agro exports could exceed last year’s R140 bln mark

This year, South Africa’s agricultural exports could exceed 2020’s $10.2 billion (R140.2 bln) as there have been large production volumes of various crops and fruits -as well…

'Supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children'

WIC participants to be able to buy more fruits and vegetables

From June 1 until September 30, Wisconsin families participating in the supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children will be able to purchase more fruits…

California: Growers hit by drought are changing planting plans

Farmers across California say they expect to receive little water from state and federal agencies that regulate the state's reservoirs and canals, leading many to leave fields…

Egypt and Mauritius intent on boosting agricultural cooperation

On Monday, the Egyptian Ambassador in Port Louis, Aliyaa Samir Burhan, conferred with Minister of Agriculture of Mauritius Maneesh Gobin on means to boost bilateral…

FranceAgriMer - May 2021

Slowdown in production and consumption

According to the report published by FranceAgriMer for the fruit and vegetable sector, the cold spell and inclement weather have slowed down the spring production and…

Perfection Fresh

"We think that we can grow the banana category by bringing new varieties"

A major Australian fresh produce company says it has big plans for its most recent products, including the intention of taking their new banana brands internationally. Perfection Fresh last month launched three new brands; purchasing the licencing rights to the Little Gem™ and Havana™ varieties, as well…

‘Fruit picking Australians are quitting just two hours into the job’

Unemployed Australians are said to be quitting their fruit picking jobs just hours after starting, leaving growers with a dire shortage of workers. Covid measures have shut…

Continued state-wide lockdown of COVID-free areas will hurt regional communities

AUSVEG, the industry body for the Australian vegetable industry, has urged the Victorian State Government to ease restrictions on COVID-free regional Victorian communities…

Belgian marketing center wants EUR4.6 million European subsidies again

The deadline for European co-financing was on 11 May. The Flemish Agri and Fisheries Marketing Center (VLAM) tendered nine submissions for that. If approved, VLAM projects…

Processed fruits and vegetables already account for nearly 30% of Vicente Peris' sales

Pre-prepared and pre-cooked products gain ground

Fresh products like melon, watermelon and pumpkin remain at the core of the agri-food company Vicente Peris, with a sales volume that reached 73% of its production in 2020. However, its pre-prepared and pre-cooked convenience food division has been gaining ground in terms of sales since its launch in…

Strike and blockades in Colombia affect crop sanitary control and surveillance process

Both the control and monitoring of pests and diseases in crops are on the list of activities that have been affected by the strike and blockades in Colombia. As reported by…

Cambodian exporters instructed to take note of new UK agri import rules

Cambodia’s General Directorate of Agriculture has instructed exporters wishing to export agricultural products to the UK to be mindful of the new procedures and requirements…

On June 1, the new electric rate comes into effect

Irrigating crops could cost Spanish farmers up to 50% more from June

As of June 1, the way Spain calculates its electricity bill will change, following the new system established by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic…

Morocco exports 25,800 tons of produce to Almeria

Between January and March of 2021, Morocco exported some 25,800 tons of vegetables to various companies in the Spanish city of Almeria. Morocco’s exports reached a total value…

NZ’s lower South Island: Flooding will delay deliveries

Lower South Island residents will encounter some empty supermarket shelves, as authorities work to reopen delivery routes overwhelmed by record rainfall. Fortunately, the rare ‘red warning’ issued by the MetService for Canterbury’s extreme weather was lifted last night. The NZ Transport Agency said State…

Tesco to make suppliers ship food items across Irish Sea

Multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer Tesco is reportedly set to make traders ship food to Northern Ireland through the Irish Sea on their own, as border…

Fruits and berry prices fell

Prices for vegetables and potatoes rose sharply over the year in Russia

Analyses of wholesale prices for vegetables and fruits in Russia as of the end of May 2021 have identified several unusual price anomalies. The products which rose in price…

Operations allowed from May 31

Tamil Nadu government says wholesale vegetable markets can reopen

The Tamil Nadu government has allowed the wholesale vegetable, fruit and flower markets in Chennai’s Koyambedu and in all districts to function from May 31 to June 7. It also permitted the operation of animal husbandry farms and livestock farming and the activities relating to animal health. Retail shops…

Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan:

'Punjab fruit markets soon to have ripening chambers'

Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan has announced a slew of measures to ensure availability of healthy food and diet free of adulteration. This includes the installation of…

Australian fruit grower says there is a desperate need for a worker quarantine facility to ease labour shortages

"Failure to secure the facility will make it extremely difficult for us to harvest our crops"

One of Australia’s largest fruit growers has warned that the nation may experience fresh fruit shortages if Australia does not act to secure a worker quarantine facility. Managing Director of Piñata Farms, Gavin Scurr, stated that he fully supports the agricultural industry’s proposal to utilize the…

Egypt: January to May agricultural exports up 250,000 tons YoY

The Ministry of Agriculture has released a report indicating that the amount of agricultural exports between January 1 and May 26 were higher by 250,000 tons compared to the…

Sundrop Farms uses solar to grow tomatoes in the Australian desert

For some 300 days a year, Sundrop Farms 127m tall central solar power tower shines on the tomato farm near Port Augusta (at the northern end of South Australia’s Spencer…

Virtual event provides info and guidance

Guatemalan agro exporters intent on accessing Canadian market

Agro exporters from Guatemala, always looking for new markets, were provided with information on the opportunities to export to Canada and the multiple trade options afforded…

Sydney restaurateurs invest in Queensland farm

Two former Parramatta restaurateurs have paid $11.5 million for a premium banana, avocado and custard apple farm west of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Andrew and Geraldine…

compound annual growth rate of 6.7% over the last 5 years

Foodiverse reaches €311 million in turnover in 2020

Foodiverse, a multinational company with expertise in creating fresh and healthy foods, has solidified its international expansion after years of intense inorganic growth in Europe, reinforced by the launch of its new corporate brand last September. In 2020, the group obtained a combined turnover of 311…

Crop diversification is creating new opportunities and growth for a Northern Territory melon farmer

A Central Australian farmer is diversifying his business by adding some rotational crops to his already successful melon production. Desert Springs Farm in Ali Curung, nearly 400 kilometres north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, has been growing watermelons for around 13 years in the region.…

La Union Corp. and Nice Tech join synergies in this new €21M project

New fruit and veg freezing plant inaugurated in Almeria

The newest La Unión Nice plant has been inaugurated in the Spanish municipality of Adra, Almería. With this project, the municipality of Adra will become a prominent place in the world for the production of frozen fruits and vegetables. The technology used in the plant developed by La Unión and Nice Tech…

But net income down almost 40% due to tough year

Prince Edward Island farms hit all-time high with cash receipts

The P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture says it's not surprised at all by the province's farm income stats for 2020. Although cash receipts are at an all-time high, recent data…

Melons Australia hopeful workforce issues will not stunt the growth and opportunities in the NT

The Australian melon industry says a major focus over the next few months heading into the next season is trying to address issues surrounding the horticulture workforce shortage. The southern states will begin the seven-month season in Spring/Summer, and Melons Australia Executive Officer Johnathon…

Nigeria is steadily strengthening agro-product value chain

The new ginger-processing facility by a Lagos-based agro-service firm, Truvis Agro-services, is delivering export-ready solutions with capacity to strengthen Nigeria’s…

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Nogales distributor expands during pandemic

Jaime Chamberlain is one of about 150 members of the fresh produce association of the Americas. "We’ve been importing Mexican fruits and vegetables through the Nogales/Arizona…

Cambodian trade with China at $3 billion

During the first four months of this year, the bilateral trade between Cambodia and China has increased by 19.7 percent to $3 billion. Exports to China increased by 42 percent…

APEDA trade fair focuses on horticultural exports

The second virtual trade fair for horticultural produce, organized by APEDA, was inaugurated on yesterday. The goal is to boost export potential of India’s agricultural and…

Filipinos will be buying more meat, vegetables and fruits by 2025

According to Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research, Filipinos will likely spend over a third of their household budget on food by 2025. In general, they will be…


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