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Stabilization of Spanish imports of Moroccan fruit and vegetable products

In 2019, Spanish imports of fruit and vegetable products from Morocco have stabilized following 5 years of strong growth. In the first half of the year, 285,710 tons of…

BLE Market Report KW 33/19:

'Availability of cherries was severely restricted'

The local cherry campaign is nearing completion. The availability was massively limited and the quality was not always right. Despite the limited supply situation, demand could be satisfied, as it was not particularly pronounced. In Munich, demand was not by incoming shipments but with the standing…

Sprouts produce

Phoenix-based grocer focuses on shopper education

Dave McGlinchey, Sprouts' Chief Merchandising Officer states that produce is more than just the biggest traffic driver at Sprouts Farmers Market. It's rooted in the company’s…

Pakistan: Trade gaining momentum at Ghulam Khan border

Pakistan’s trade with Afghanistan through the Ghulam Khan border crossing point has increased after restoring the peace in the North Waziristan tribal district and the district administration officials are hoping for further increase in business in coming days. Trade activities were on peak from 2002 to…

Botswana looks to Zimbabwe for horti goods

Botswana is exploring the possibilities of importing produce from Zimbabwe following bilateral trade agreements between the two countries. A joint venture organic fertilisers…

Bulgaria: Ministry of Agriculture considers VAT reimbursement for fruit & veg producers

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Agriculture is considering introducing a system of VAT reimbursement in the production of fruit, vegetables and milk. This was announced by the Deputy…

UK: Weather extremes threaten availability of fresh goods

In an internal message sent to retailers about the availability of fresh produce, Nisa confirmed it will only deliver 20% to 30% of Heritage and Co-op broccoli and cauliflower until the end of September. This year’s supply of Heritage cherries has ended completely, while Co-op asparagus had been in short…

Fruit and veg growers running out of time

India: Roads blocked in Himachal Pradesh

While weather extremes are taking a heavy toll on the roads, fruit and vegetable growers in the upper parts of Himachal Pradesh are a worried lot as they are unable to transport their produce to the markets on time. A large number of roads in the state are either blocked or have literally become…

Spanish horticultural exports up by 4.8% in first semester of 2019

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports have reached an all-time high in the first half of 2019, growing by 4.18% compared to the same period of 2018. The 7,453,898 tons sold generated 7,816 million Euro. With regard to vegetable exports, their value totaled 3,531 million Euro, with a growth of 10.06%.…

Agricultural production in Azerbaijan on the increase

Azerbaijan's soil, climate and overall conditions are said to be favorable for large-scale production of various agricultural products. In general, the agriculture sector is…

Up quality management and traceability to increase fruit exports from Vietnam

Vietnam’s fruit export value in 2018 reached nearly US$4 billion, with fruits sent to big markets like the US, Europe and Japan. But since early this year, the domestic…

Gallup annual Consumption Habits survey

Online grocery shopping still rare in US

The internet has transformed the way people work, communicate and buy many of the products they use, but buying groceries is not yet one of them. Eighty-one percent of Americans say they never order groceries online, while 11% say they do so at least once a month. Similarly, 88% of U.S. adults never…

Tomato export volumes from Azerbaijan disclosed

According to the Azerbaijan government, the nation exported 129,293 tons of tomatoes worth $138.06 million. Overall exports in quantitative terms dropped by 5 percent compared…

South Korean farm goods’ exports growing throughout July

In the first 7 months of 2019, South Korea's exports of agricultural products moved up 0.7 percent from a year earlier. The shipments to Japan remained steady, despite the…

Exports to US dropping

Extreme drought in Central Chile

Central Chile is suffering its worst drought in 60 years. This includes the capital of Santiago, home to nearly half the country’s population of 18 million people, as well as the nearby region of Valparaiso. Experts predict climate change, over-exploitation by agriculture and other factors mean the shortage of water will be…

Costa Rican fruit and vegetable exports to Portugal increase

Portugal is currently Costa Rica's ninth EU trading partner. Costa Rican exports to Portugal have grown by 38% in the last five years. The main exports products to this market…

Tyrolean vegetable processors are seeing a rapid increase in demand for ready-made goods

2000 kilos of peeled onions a week - served to the catering trade

The 56 employees at the Tyrolean fruit and vegetable processor Giner have their hands full. The men and women wash and cut 3000 kilograms of vegetables a week, wash and pack…

“We found these micro cucumbers in the mountains of South America”

“We are always on the lookout for fun, ancient, heirloom-type of items that we think work well for chefs,” says Nicolas Mazard with Flavour Fields™¹. “A few years ago, we were exposed to tiny watermelons from South America. They look like watermelons and are from the same family as the cucumber and taste…

Georgian fruits & veg producers accept market with less strict standards

Russia tries to charm Georgia through economics

The Georgian Government statistics bureau (Gruzstat) has reported that the Russian Federation firmly occupies first place among the country's importing partners and the second…

Gina Nucci - Mann’s Fresh Vegetables

"Why more companies should follow Mann’s lead on GMO labelling"

A vast majority of fresh fruits and vegetables are “non-GMO” by default. In the way the “GMO” is often defined, there are currently only 10 commercially available genetically engineered crops in the U.S. That being said, it is worth repeating from time to time that California-based Mann’s Fresh…

USDA Retail Foods Update

Indonesia: Consumer-oriented agricultural imports are growing

In 2018, Indonesia’s imports of consumer-oriented agricultural products grew to $5.9 billion, an 8.5 percent increase from the previous year. Increasing urbanization and a growing middle-class suggest continued modern retail sector growth. Strong regional trade competition and a bureaucratic product…

Adelaide Plains growers in line for NAIS pipeline connection

Northern Adelaide Plains vegetable growers may soon get relief from the enormous water bills they have been facing in recent years. Those connected to mains water have been paying bills of up to $40,000 a quarter, but a solution is in sight for vegetable growers who have been pushing for access to…

US: Horrible weather torments Pennsylvania farmers

Heavy rains, flooding and other extreme events kept Pennsylvania farmers from planting on more than 18,500 ha, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Numbers…

Major damages from last week’s rains

Monsoon costs Indian farmers ₹11.66 billion

Farm sector losses in the current southwest monsoon season have crossed ₹11 billion (€140 mln), even as another Farmers’ Day rings in on Saturday, against the backdrop of the recent rain havoc in the central and northern districts of the State. The Agriculture Department has pegged losses due to crop…

Report predicts shortages of fruit and veg in the UK after the Brexit

The English newspaper The Sunday Times has published a confidential report called Yellowhammer which includes the covert planning being carried out by the Government of the United Kingdom to avoid a catastrophic collapse in the country's infrastructure if the UK exits the European Union (EU) without…

Nectarines and watermelons, the most withdrawn from the Spanish market in July

According to the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), during the month of July, the fruit and vegetable products that were most withdrawn from the market in terms of…

Justin Leonard - Jackie Leonard & Sons

End of an era for Dublin fruit and veg market, sporadic supply and Brexit

Dublin’s fruit and vegetable market is set to close later this month for complete refurbishment and restoration, it will re-open to serve a new generation with retail food producers, artisan bakers, butchers, cheese makers and more. “There are only a few fruit and vegetable traders left in the market…

Corné Roks and Rob Langenberg (Fresh2You) satisfied about fresh produce sales in summer holidays

“Citrus and banana sales went surprisingly well; availability of outdoor vegetables more difficult now after warm days”

This summer, sales went remarkably well for the wholesaler. “Until mid-July it was just very good, we’ve now had about three weeks of calmer holiday weeks, but we definitely can’t complain, and we’re expecting to be at full capacity again soon. All in all, everything was better than expected,” says Corné…

Morocco: Tomato exports to EU Increased by 10%

According to Spanish news outlet Horto Info, Morocco exported 426,07 million kilograms of tomatoes to the European Union between October 2018 and May 2019. The number…

Vietnam must be more active in exporting fruit

Nguyen Quy Duong, deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Protection Department, spoke with Hải quan (Customs) newspaper about China’s…

BLE Market Report KW 32/19:

Apricots: Availability was limited as well as quality

The apricot season turned into its home straight. The availability was limited, as was quality. Demand was apparently limited as well. French, Turkish and Spanish shipments formed the basis of the assortment, which was supplemented by Italy. German and Bulgarian products showed up only locally. Marketers…

China: "Fruit and veg enter markets through more effective channels"

“Most of the fruits come into season in China in the summer. During this period, less fruit is imported, and most of the markets across China are supplied with local fruit. In addition to being marketed locally, many fruits are also exported overseas, such as pears, apples, grapes, and kiwis,” says Chen…

Taiwanese delegation to promote agriculture in Russia

A Council of Agriculture-led delegation from Taiwan is to travel to Moscow on Wednesday next week to take part in a two-day promotion of Taiwanese agricultural products. Russia imports more than US$28 billion in agricultural produce, while yam exports to Russia could reach NT$300 per kilogram, the…

Crops of Colorado: a diverse medley

For some, agriculture may not be the first thought that comes to mind when you think of Colorado. Mountains, lakes, and national parks might come first. But to the proud…

Team to develop super-repellent surfaces for safer fruit & veg

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) received a grant recently from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National…

Sector studies opening of 17 new markets for the export of Spanish horticultural products

The Working Group for the Internationalization of Fruits and Vegetables, formed by the heads of the Spanish Ministries of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as representatives of the sector organizations representing the fruit and vegetable exporting sector,…

Juan Ferré, professor of genetics at the University of Valencia

"Organic production cannot feed the whole world"

During an international congress in Valencia, which hosted the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology and the 17th Meeting of the IOBC-WPRS, Juan Ferré, professor of genetics at the University of Valencia (UV), analyzed the role of bio-insecticides in the cultivation of foods. He…

Countdown records massive spike in ugly fruit sales

New Zealand loves ugly, well, when it comes to fruit and vegetables anyway. Sales of Countdown's The Odd Bunch have skyrocketed by more than 145 per cent in the past year as more and more shoppers get on board. Just like humans, fruit and vegetables come in all different shapes and sizes and despite…

“We have a responsibility to ban plastic from India”

For leading Indian importer, IG International, the season is looking to be a better one than last year. A variety of crops are in demand and it’s promising to be a stable year, despite heavy tariffs being slapped on fruits like apples. Tarun Arora is the Director of IG International. When speaking of the…

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US: Advertised prices for specialty crops at major retail supermarket outlets

This week retailers again focused primarily on back to school promotions. Lunch box friendly items such as grape tomatoes, baby carrots, tangerines, apples, grapes, cherries, peaches, and nectarines were very well promoted. Several retailers showcased recipes for quick and easy meals for busy families…

Charley Xu – Win-Chain and Peter Zhu - Pagoda

Chinese companies tell PMA conference: “We’re open for business”

At the recent PMA Fresh Connections conference, two representatives from Chinese companies briefed delegates on what they were looking for from South African suppliers. Charley Xu, sourcing director at the Import Fruit Business Unit of Win-Chain ( right ) explained that they are a data-driven platform,…

Latvia: Increasing demand for local fruits and vegetables

Latvians are buying an increasing amount of fresh fruit and vegetables, according to Maxima Latvija's sales figures. In the second quarter of this year, the total amount sold in Maxima stores was 9% more than last year. Furthermore, demand for local produce is increasing. Demand increased by 10% for…

New micro snacking line debuts just in time for 'Back to School'

Sunset® is helping kids gear up for the year with its new line of lunchbox-worthy snacking vegetables: Sprinkles™ Tiny Mighty Tomatoes™ and Qukes™ Tiny Mighty Cucumbers™. With…

Spike in celery and avocado prices

How do restaurants cope with food fads?

One Red Deer restaurant knows the impact the fluctuating costs of fruits and vegetables can have on a business. Andre Lemus, owner of Mexican restaurant Las Palmeras in Red Deer, said the price of avocados has “gone up a lot” over the past few years. “To keep our prices in line, we don’t put as much…

Marcus Pechtl, Gemüsebau & Gastroservice Tirol:

"Pleasing test results for Tyrolean melons"

"Tyrol is developing into a melon country" - this was the ORF headline a few days ago. The exotic fruit is growing and blossoming more and more often in the Tyrolean fields. Also Marcus Pechtl - an experienced vegetable farmer and supplier to regional gastronomers, based in Tarrenz, has now decided on…

Southeastern US: Farmers organize against Mexican imports

On July 30th, Florida Com missioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried led a gathering of Southeastern produce growers to discuss strategies to protect farmers from subsidized Mexican…

Why did fruit prices plummet in China?

Recently, the prices of various fruit plummeted. This is caused by the following reasons: 1. High prices were seen frequently in the previous period, where a certain degree of…

Karnataka, India

Bengaluru: Fruit and vegetable prices rising due to floods

Floods in Maharashtra and northern districts of Karnataka are resulting in the rise of fruit and vegetable prices in Bengaluru. Padmaraj T., who is in-charge of a HOPCOMS…

Klaus Reinhard, A&R Fruchtimpex PLC:

"We have found an interesting niche in delivering organic loose goods"

Six months ago, after a 25-year career in the fruit industry, Klaus Reinhard decided to start his own company, with his partner Anasse Amarouche. The company has now changed to a PLC, explains the owner of the Hanau-based company. "We are satisfied with the developments so far; the variety of our organic…

More companies cautiously approaching growing outdoors

Canadian asparagus making way for weed

WeedMD is one of 13 Canadian marijuana companies that have been granted outdoor cultivation licenses in an industry that predominantly grows in greenhouses or warehouses. It has planted 21,000 plants on 27 acres that formerly grew asparagus, and expects to harvest more than 25,000 kilograms of dried pot…

Distrimex: “We are now trying to develop our import”

“Distrimex is a family business specialized in the import-export of fresh fruits and vegetables. The company exists since 1975 and is now run by the third generation. We turned to export from the beginning of the creation. Our revenue was divided as follows: 90% of exports towards Europe and 10% on the…

Spain

Andalusian horticultural exports break new record

Andalusian fruit and vegetable exports broke a new record, as they exceeded 3,300 million Euro in the first five months of the year for the first time since there are official data (1995). Thus, in the period January-May 2019, the Andalusian fruit and vegetable sector's international sales totaled 3,371…

BLE Market Report KW 31/19:

Plums: German supply at center stage

With regard to plums, German supply was preeminent this week: there was an excellent stock of Katinkas, Hermans and Cacaks Schöne. Serbian Cacaks Schönes played an important role, but were absent in Frankfurt and Cologne. Shipments from Spain and Italy supplemented the markets, which were rounded of by…

What is the impact of the Chinese fruit import prohibition for Sino-Russian trade?

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision recently made an announcement: The Federal Service consistently discovered the presence of harmful insects such as the oriental fruit moth in fruit exported from China. The Federal Service therefore announced a temporary restriction…

China refusing US agricultural goods is opportunity for Turkey

China’s decision to halt purchases of US agricultural products in the latest salvo in a year-long trade war has potential for Turkish farmers to export products to the East Asian giant. On Monday, China announced it was suspending purchases of agricultural goods from the US and threatened more tariffs on…

UK food products which may be affected by no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit could result in a shortage of perishable goods and hard-to-grow products on British shelves. The UK food industry said the main impact of such a departure…

Undersecretary Jesús Seade:

“Tomato inspections prevent new accord between Mexico and US”

According to a top Mexican official, a US demand to inspect all imported tomatoes is preventing producers from the Latin American nation and its northern neighbor from…

Philippines: Farm output shrinks due to El Niño

The Philippines’s agricultural sector reported a 1.27 percent drop in production in the second quarter of 2019, mainly due to a decline in the output of the crops sub-sector.…

Climate-smart Kenyan farmers are reaping rewards as food prices are surging

Farmers in Kenya who have embraced climate-smart practices are cashing in big time as east African food prices are on the rise amid a dry spell. With the rains having failed in October to December 2018 and between March and May, Kenya's food production has been on the decline forcing the nation to rely…

Australia: Health supplements new market opportunity for growers

There's a new market on the horizon. Some greenhouse grown products might be right for use in vitamin products, supplements or cosmetics. The Australian company Sampano is on the lookout for growers who might be interested in this. Vitamins, health supplements and body care products "Nutraceuticals…

New York State ‘Farmacy’ offers fresh produce from within a pharmacy

There are many rural areas all across the US where people must travel significant distances to shop at supermarkets. In 2017, a project to bring fresh locally produced food to underserved areas opened the first “Farmacy” in the state –yes, with an “F”- inside the Keeseville Pharmacy. This week the…

Free fruit & vegetables In schools receives top marks from NZ parents

Kiwi parents and school principals overwhelmingly back the Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) initiative and new research shows there’s a strong desire for the…

Major refurbishments on the cards for Joburg market

The Joburg Fresh Produce Market will soon receive a major facelift. This follows the approval of a mid-term expenditure framework allocation of R300 million for the recapitalisation of mission-critical infrastructure that support the Market’s core business. The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for…

Philippines: Hopes for more vegetable trade in Benguet trading center

Benguet remains the top producer of temperate vegetables in the country, with P200 million (€3.42 mln) worth of vegetables already being sold at the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) since 2015. Violeta Salda, BAPTC chief of operations, said the facility serves as center of trading, inter-trading…

2014-2019 - Five years of food embargo

Results and growth strategies for Russia's agriculture

In August 2014, Russia slapped a slew of measures on the European Union, the US, Australia, Canada and Norway. It was a response to the EU’s and US’ sanctions, with the list…

Fyffes spends €36.6 mln on Canadian mushroom deals

Tropical fruits group Fyffes spent €36.6 million last year buying Canadian mushroom companies, expanding a business that it entered into in 2016. The consideration for…

Russia will suspend the import of Chinese fruit starting on August 10

Russia has announced the suspension of imports of fruits from China starting on August 10 in view of the worsening of the phytosanitary situation in the neighboring country.…

The US pays more for Peruvian ginger than for Chinese and Brazilian ginger

The United States imports ginger from different parts of the world and China, Peru, and Brazil are its main suppliers, said the Commercial Office of Peru (Ocex) in Los…

US farmers vs Mexican tomato growers

US-Mexico trade tensions continue to escalate

Currently, the United States and Mexico are on the brink of yet another trade war. This time US farmers are pitted against Mexican tomato growers and importers. The debate…

Azerbaijan fruit exports grow dramatically

Some 61 percent of Azerbaijan’s agricultural production is crop production, with cattle breeding accounting for about 39 percent. Currently, the main objective of the agricultural sector of Azerbaijan is providing the population with food and goods, that is, satisfaction of local demand is a priority…

Final reading on all fruits and berries

Russian Duma approves VAT reduction by 10%

According to the press service of the lower house of the Russian parliament, the necessary amendments to establish a reduced rate of value added tax in respect of certain types of fruit and berries, including grapes, will be made in article 164 of part two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation. In…

The Netherlands exported over €431mln worth of agri-food products to Saudi Arabia in 2018

The Dutch export of agricultural goods to the Gulf Region was worth €1,41 billion in 2018, which shows an increase of 8,5% compared to the year before. More than 30,6% of those agricultural goods (€431,4 million), was exported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The export of agricultural goods made up 13%…

US fresh exports show mixed trends

US exports of fresh fruits were down but fresh vegetables exports were up the year from July 2018 to June 2019. The US Department of Agriculture’s latest trade statistics revealed that total fresh fruit exports in the July 2018 to June 2019 period were $4.3 billion, down 11% from $4.82 billion from July…

Shopkick shopping poll:

More than half of Americans will change shopping habits due to tariffs

Retailers often argue th at tariffs on imported goods will have an adverse effect on consumers, and the results of a recent survey add support to that view. According to…

Vitacress launches pilot project with Uber Eats

Portuguese company Vitacress is launching a pilot project with Uber Eats; the aim of the partnership is to facilitate the healthy food choices with practical proposals that come directly from Odemira. Being where the consumer is, whether at home, at the beach or at the office. This is the main objective…

Turkmen entrepreneurs increase fruit and vegetable exports

Turkmenistan exported 15.5 thousand tons of vegetables for an amount of $ 17.4 million, which is 13.2% and 35% more compared to the same period in 2018, respectively. Such data are presented in the review of the State Statistics Committee of the country. During a recent meeting of entrepreneurs and…

Photo report of busy PMA Foodservice tradeshow

On Saturday, July 27 the 38th annual PMA Foodservice tradeshow was held in Monterey, CA and once again many people were attracted to the event and to California’s popular coastal town. The tradeshow was the final piece of a four-day event that included a golf tournament, educational sessions as well as a…

Tomato retail prices showing downward trend

Indian minister reviews tomato and onion prices Delhi

Last Friday, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain reviewed the situation of retail prices of tomatoes and onions in Delhi. The Minister met with the Commissioner,…

"New Zealand grown" are actually imported from China

New Zealand Commerce Commission reconsiders Shiitake mushroom complaint

Last month, Hawke's Bay shiitake grower Bruce Mackinnon warned some exotic mushrooms being sold as "New Zealand grown" are actually being imported from China. This included…

Starting August 19th

Russia toughens rules for transportation of fruits, vegetables

New rules for the transport ation of fruits, vegetables and flowers across the border of Russia will take effect from August 19. Under the new requirements, people will be…

Regarding certificates of origin:

Japan simplifies steps for lower farm exports tariffs

The trade ministry has begun simplified procedures for issuing certificates of origin for Japanese agricultural exports, making it easier for producers to apply for lower tariffs for goods heading to Japan's partners in economic partnership agreements.The move is expected to speed up exporting processes…

Kenya regrets stalled EAC-EU trade deal

Last week, the EU rebuffed a Kenyan plan for a variable geometry in the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the East African Community. Nairobi has the biggest stake in the EPA because it is a middle-income country and, without the protection of the deal, it would have to start paying duty…

Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah:

Namibia to import fruit and veggies from Zimbabwe

Namibia plans to import fresh fruits and vegetables from Zimbabwe, trying to close the gap for the country’s demand for fruits and vegetables. The trade deal is captured in…

Toon Smetsers supplies Dutch clients with French fruit on commission

"Good quality and quantity of French peaches, nectarines, and Charentais melons"

"The quality and quantity of this year's French stonefruit are good. My suppliers have had little trouble with hail damage. They are located along the Rhone and in Southern France," says Toon Smetsers in the Netherlands. "We are receiving an ample supply of French peaches and nectarines. There is demand,…

Huancavelica, Peru's first ecological region

The Andean department of Huancavelica will become the first ecological region of Peru thanks to the support of the Commission for the Promotion of Peruvian Exports and…

Thailand: Lao market may need to import more fruits & vegetables

Market authorities have said that the Aussie Lao local fresh market, which is one of the largest markets in Vientiane, may have to sell more imported products. In 2018, the…

India: Supply shortage raises prices in wholesale markets of Mumbai & Delhi

Vegetables prices in the Mumbai and Delhi wholesale markets increased in July after supply fell because of poor rainfall in western India and floods in Bihar and the north-east. Hybrid tomatoes in the Mumbai wholesale market were selling at Rs 18 a kg on Wednesday--a 50 per cent rise from early this…

China's vegetable output was 700 mln tons in 2018

China's vegetable output was 700 million tons last year, up 1.2 percent year on year, according to a vegetable industry conference, held in Yinchuan, the capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. China's overall supply of vegetables was sufficient in 2018, with consumer demand…

Canadian carrot prices have jumped 30% since February

According to Statistics Canada, Canadians are paying about 30 per cent more for carrots than they were in February. The same might also be true for a number of root vegetables, including potatoes and onions, which have gone up in price respectively by 10 and 20 per cent each. Food banks and the Canadians…

European Commission facilitates EU agricultural exports to Japan

Following the entry into force this year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the EU has stepped up efforts to address agricultural market access interests…

Shakambari festival has started

Indian temples decked out with fruits & vegetables

Images of Ganesha, Shiva and other forms of Hindu divinity came alive in the vegetable carrying festival being organised as Shakambari Utsavam at Srisailam. 4,000 kg of every available vegetable and fruit varieties were sourced from devotees as offerings. Bhramaramba, the consort of Lord Shiva, was…

USDA message to Americans:

'Recommended amounts of fruit and veg can indeed be affordable'

“Make half your plate fruits and vegetables” is among USDA’s key messages about how Americans can achieve healthy diets. However, many Americans still consume an insufficient quantities and varieties of fruits and vegetables. One reason may be a perception that these foods are expensive. To address this…

Lenders-Peeters Organic Plants

“A lot of sales in Europe, but not in the Netherlands”

Lenders-Peeters Organic Plants from Kessel and Neer, the Netherlands, is a relatively young company that was founded four years ago from a cooperation between Lenders leek and asparagus plants and organic production company Peeters Mertens from Neer. Their company’s activities? The production of organic…

The latest traceability technology used to successfully enforce IP rights over illegal usage

Australian Nurserymen's Fruit Improvement Company (ANFIC) has become the first Australian Intellectual Property and Commercialisation company to partner with scientific traceability company Oritain, to successfully enforce its IP rights on various nurseries and growers. In a recent investigation, ANFIC…

Plant-forward snack 'Better Break' announced

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced the launch of a new product to join its lineup of convenient and wholesome lunch and snack solutions. The Better BreakTM…

Mostly due to cuts on subsidised energy

Egyptians brace themselves for rising prices

Egyptians are bracing themselves for price hikes, despite recent declines in food prices. These are to be expected as the removal of subsidies will increase prices of fuel throughout the country. As part of a plan to get Egypt through its economic reform program, Egypt plans to remove subsidies on most…

‘Central de Abasto’

Mexico City’s wholesale market is a city unto itself

The biggest market in Mexico City provides an estimated 80% of its food and it can be an overwhelming but exciting experience to watch the market’s controlled chaos. Entering through 10-peso toll gates, the market finally comes to an end at a parking lot between the two main buildings, nearly a kilometer…

Air freight shipping agents report increase in transport of fruit and vegetables

“We’ve grown too large regarding our fruit and vegetable department,” says René Baan, Commercial Manager Fresh Produce of air freight agents IPHandlers. Since the company was founded in 2013, the freight operator has grown by an annual volume of about 100 million kilos, about a quarter of which consists…

Main exports grapes, avocados and blueberries

Peru's blueberry export increased 68% in first half of 2019

Peru's agricultural export balance in first five months of 2019 In the first five months of 2019, exports of Peruvian horticultural products amounted to 2.537 million dollars, i.e. 1.7% more than the 2.494 million dollars achieved in the same period of 2018. The three most important export products in…

Spain's Consumer Organization publishes list of the best stores to buy fruit

Back in March, the Spanish Consumers Organization (OCU) carried out a study on the country's best stores to buy fruit, comparing a typical shopping basket (containing salad tomatoes, Canary bananas, Conference pears, Golden apples and strawberries) in 67 stores in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia and…

US: Texas border bill to stop produce imports from spoiling at ports-of-entry

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed a bill aiming to speed up the inspection process for trucks carrying fresh produce across ports-of-entries along the Texas-Mexico border. Texas House Bill 2155, which goes into effect September 1, reauthorizes a 2015 program allowing the Texas Department of…

Russia stopped 3,000 tons of illegal imports since introduction of sanctions

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) has prevented shipments of more than 2,900 tons of products…

Vegetable prices soaring

Tokyo's lack of sunshine breaks 30-year record

On Monday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said that central Tokyo has had less than three hours of sunshine over an 18-day stretch, setting a new record since 1988. The lack of sunshine affects crop production and drives up vegetable prices. According to government statistics, the wholesale price of…

Israel’s first digital crop marketplace expected in 2020

An Israeli official with the Agriculture Ministry has stated that a governmental initiative to digitalize and innovate its crops market would become operative by the middle of…

Exporters Eastern Cape look back at solid year of performance at AGM

On Thursday, last week, Exporters Eastern Cape celebrated a solid year of successes at the Exporters Eastern Cape 39th Annual General Meeting. The meeting, which was hosted at Standard Bank in Pickering Street, celebrated almost four decades of resilience in the Eastern Cape export market – with a…

Agricultural export balance during the first five months of the year

Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports amounted to US$1.222 billion between January and May

The Association of Agricultural Producers' Associations of Peru (AGAP) has published a report on fresh fruit and vegetable exports in the first five months of the year. In…

Georgia to increase exports of fruits and vegetables to Kazakhstan

Georgia and Kazakhstan agreed to strengthen trade relations between the countries and consider the possibility of exporting Georgian fruits and vegetables to Kazakhstan. The…

Piet Schotel tells the story of Moldova’s quest to improve

Moldova prepares to present its produce to the European market

When it comes to the world trade of fruit and vegetables, Moldova might not be at the top of your mind. However the country is developing fast, with some help from a couple of Dutch experts. Moldova is able to offload its produce steadily, as they have a good relationship with Russia and are not affected…

Ton van Dalen, Best of Four:

Netherlands: "TOV under enormous pressure, cucumber market starting to recover, bell pepper prices have long been good"

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable market shows very different price curves per vegetable. For example, last week the price for large TOV dropped by 50%. The cucumber market is starting to recover. This is due to Spain falling away and the improved weather condition in Western Europe. The balance between…

Agro-food cooperatives in Spain increase their revenue and generate more employment

In the General Assembly of Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España, held last week, the president of the organization, Ángel Villafranca, highlighted the data published by…

Florida fruit and veg growers opposing USMCA

The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association says the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement does not address seasonal surges in imports from Mexico and is opposing the agreement. The…

Bangladesh-Myanmar trade frustrated at Maungdaw trading point

Since the Myanmar govern ment cut off mobile data services in northern Arakan townships on June 20th, it has created a hindrance for traders who are exporting goods to…

Ayanda Kanana, speaking at Agribusiness Africa Conference:

‘Fresh produce markets must remain relevant’

Over the past 10 years, the fresh produce market value chain in South Africa was estimated to have generated over R140 billion worth of turnover in the agriculture sector, said the CEO of the Joburg Fresh Produce Market, Ayanda Kanana. He was addressing the Agribusiness Africa Conference hosted by…

USDA

National FOB review shows prices, demand and stability of US fruit

The USDA has released a National FOB review, citing prices of fresh fruits and vegetables representing open (spot) market sales by first handlers. These prices may include promotional allowances or other incentives and are sorted per group of fruits and the region they're sold from. The report also shows…

New sales opportunities in Egypt

"I was in Egypt over the past few days for a European project and I noticed how the food market has livened up, meaning our operators have the possibility to commercialize again," explains Gianluca Bagnara, economist and consultant for European food and agricultural projects. "Egypt is an exporter in winter but imports produce…

New Zealand tomatoes hit lowest price ever in June

Although New Zealand food prices may have risen 0.5 percent overall in the year up to June, tomatoes are at record lows. Tomato prices decreased 17 percent, hitting their…

Vietnam: First safe vegetable brand La Lanh launched at Big C supermarket

Binh Dinh’s high quality VietGAP-certified vegetable brand La Lanh was officially launched at Big C supermarket in Quy Nhon on July 6. These La Lanh vegetables are sustainably produced by local farmers under the Binh Dinh Safe Vegetables Project (BDSV), funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. In 2016,…

Murray McCallum - Freshmax Group CEO

"If you do not have IP amongst your offering you will quickly lose relevance in the market"

The Freshmax Group has grown from being a wholesaler in New Zealand almost 25 years ago to an international company that serves customers right across the globe. This has occurred through a series of acquisitions including pipfruit and banana businesses, making the Group a major partner to all Australian…

US tomato prices expected to go up following new tariffs

Florida growers have long worried about heavily subsided tomato crops imported from Mexico being sold in the United States at substantially lower prices. This practice, known…

Hailstorm hits the Foggia area

A violent hailstorm hit the Foggia province on Thursday 4th July 2019 destroying various crops in the Ascoli Satriano, Candela, Sant'Agata, Deliceto and Cerignola municipalities. Confagricoltura Foggia reports that the damage is considerable especially when it comes to fruit, but that it will take a few days to make an…

Russia lifts ban on rail transit of sanctioned EU products

Russia has lifted the ban on transit traffic for a range of products that were previously sanctioned, including agricultural products and foodstuffs. The measure is effective per 1 July, subjective to certain conditions, reported by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. The decision is…

Argentina's pears, apples, and citrus have lost competitiveness in the markets

According to the latest report published by Coninagro, pears, apples, and citrus fruits have had a strong loss of competitiveness this year. In the first quarter of this year,…

China still main export market

Vietnam fruit and veg exports rise 3.9 percent in H1 2019

According to the Agro Pr ocessing and Market Development Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit exports hit US$2.06…

Major Australian agribusiness strengthening horticulture investments in technical services

Building on its position in the Australian horticulture landscape was one of the aims for iconic agribusiness Elders at this year's Hort Connections. Now in its 180th year, Elders is focusing on the future by investing heavily in technical services support for customers, helping farmers adopt research,…

The 40 most nutritious fruits and vegetables around

TheStacker.com published a comprehensive list of the 40 most nutritious fruits and vegetables available, ranked by nutritional fitness scores. This gallery incorporates data from a 2015 study in which researchers analyzed food and nutritional data on a global scale, calculating each food’s nutritional…

US: Higher temperatures and less rain in Michigan

The Michigan Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reports for the week ending June 30 that the majority of the regions across the state experienced…

US: Mexican tomato imports still up, even after significant tariffs

Despite a significant tariff in place, Mexican tomato imports have not yet declined. For two months in a row now, Mexican tomato import weights have increased year-over-year…

Gert Kogeler, Eosta:

"Shops in Austria, France and Sweden increasingly self-supporting in organic, bulk greenhouse vegetables”

The market for organic greenhouse vegetables has been very changeable so far, according to Gert Kogeler of Eosta. “The harvest hasn’t just been changeable in the Netherlands, the production in Spain experienced even larger ups and downs, mostly due to considerable climate changes.” “The start of the…


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