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BLE- Market report week 37/21:

'The plum assortment was broad, although availability was somewhat limited'

Local plum offerings formed the basis of the range, above all Hauszwetschge, Top and Ortenauer. The presence of Cacak's Fruchtbare was obviously limited, while the importance of Presenta grew. Stanley from Eastern Europe played an important role, with these items appearing primarily in Berlin. Italian…

State of Odisha prepares plan to scale up fruit and vegetable production Bhubaneswar

The Odisha government has formed a committee under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commission Raj Kumar Sharma. It will prepare a…

Fruit and vegetables worth more than $125 mln exported in two months

Fruit and vegetable exports from Pakistan during first two months of current financial year saw a 23.49% and 82.88% growth respectively, year-on-year. During the period from…

Helmut Hübsch of GfK SE:

Fruit and vegetables in Germany - figures, trends and facts

Helmut Hübsch of GfK SE presented current figures and forecasts for 2021 at DOGK (Deutsche Obst & Gemüse Kongress 2021). While private consumption rose sharply in 2020 due to the lockdown, out-of-home consumption dropped sharply. For example, as a share of total sales, out-of-home consumption was still…

India: Central Railway transports more than 200,000 tons of perishables

The Central Railway has transported more than 200,000 tons of fruit and vegetables across India in 600 Kisan Rails. “Kisan Rail completing its 600th run o­n Central Railway…

Providing fresh fruits and vegetables to students

Maryland State Department of Education awards over $4 million to Maryland Schools

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has awarded more than $4.2 million in federal funds to more than 180 Maryland elementary schools across the State to help…

Ken Mortimer - Heritage Fine Food Company

“Heritage has a fantastic relationship with local growers, farmers, artisans and suppliers"

With over 40 years in the industry, The Heritage Fine Food Company is a BRC certified fruit and vegetable wholesaler based in Wiltshire supplying to restaurants, cafes, and schools throughout the South-West. Along with being a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Heritage Fine Foods also have a home delivery…

Vietnamese wholesale traders worried by market restrictions

The amount of goods arriving at the three wholesale markets in Ho Chi Minh City is at a record low; traders are disparaged by stringent Covid-19 regulations. Hoc Mon market…

It’s important the consumer knows how to identify CEA-grown produce

How do retailers market indoor-grown produce? Does the consumer know the difference between produce that’s grown indoors versus outdoors? If so, does the consumer care? This article summarizes a panel discussion on the Growth of Controlled Environment Agriculture from a retailer/consumer perspective that…

"The Taeltech platform captures insights across the consumers' whole shopping journey – from decision making to purchase."

The online platform hoping to help Australian and New Zealand's fresh produce brands cut through the busy Chinese market

One of China's leading consumer engagement platforms is looking at expanding its involvement in the Australian and New Zealand fresh produce industries, not only by assisting sales but also by providing targeted market insights. Taeltech CEO, Alex Busarov explains that demand for high-quality fruit and…

"We believe growers should choose tools and practices that suit them"

Bayer to launch organic vegetable seeds portfolio

Bayer today announced that it will expand its vegetable seeds offerings under the new Vegetables by Bayer umbrella to include organically produced seeds. The launch will focus on certified organic production in three key crops for the greenhouse and glasshouse market: tomato, sweet pepper, and cucumber.…

Mexican vegetable grower expands operations for East Coast distribution

Empaque Rio Colorado (ERC), a family owned, vertically integrated company that grows a wide range of vegetables on more than 9000 acres in 5 regions of Mexico, has announced the opening of their new sales office and distribution center in Miami, Florida, this fall. Until recently, the company has largely…

The import and export of China's agricultural products accounts for about 37% of the total logistics of national agricultural product

The level of the agricultural product digital service in China will further improve in 2021

China is the world's largest producer and consumer of agricultural products. Driven by the rapid development of the domestic economy and agriculture, the scale of agricultural…

Proximity: the sustainable factor that consumers value the most

"Six out of ten citizens want to buy more proximity products and local brands"

The Citricos Valencianos Protected Geographical Indication participated in the twenty-third edition of the AECOC Fruit and Vegetable Congress that was held in Valencia. with Health and Sustainability as central axes AECOC 2021 Congress. “The AECOC Fruit and Vegetable Congress is, without a doubt, a…

Produces 5 million fruits and 5.5 million vegetables annually

Poland - net importer as well as major fruit and vegetable producer

Poland is a significant fruit and vegetable producer. Belarus remains the country's number one buyer. Poland is the Netherlands' fourth-largest buyer. But, it is also a net importing country.  In the past year, Poland imported 2.5 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables. It exported 1.7 million tons. This…

rbb consumer magazine SUPER.MARKT: Dreamstime

Loose fruit and vegetables almost always more expensive than packaged goods

Supermarkets and discounters apparently deliberately confuse their customers with prices that are difficult to compare: Loose fruit or vegetables are almost always more…

Sabine Dziallas of NielsenIQ:

"Fruits and vegetables are the drivers par excellence for e-commerce"

At this year's German Fruit and Vegetable Congress, Sabine Dziallas presented the latest NielsenIQ study results. According to NielsenIQ, there had been an increasing demand for food but a declining shopping frequency. Compared to 2019, sales growth "exploded", particularly due to the hoarding of…

Japan: Unmanned stores count on shoppers' honesty

Premium peaches and nectarines filled the shelves of the "F Stand" honor box in front of a cafe in Tokyo's Sugamo district in August. Sold in pairs, the peaches cost $11 and…

Laava Smart Fingerprints moves into New Zealand market

Laava Smart Fingerprints® are now featured on a wide range of products around the world. The company has just expanded into New Zealand. The first customer is fresh food supplier J3 Freshstore and Pole to Pole. Working together with partners FreshSupplyCo and Gravitas Media, Laava has enabled an…

South African Agri-FinTech start-up secures major Standard Bank investment

South African founded and owned Agri-FinTech start-up, HelloChoice, has announced the finalisation of a major investment from Standard Bank, solidifying its market leading position as the premiere digital fresh produce and agricultural marketplace. HelloChoice, founded in 2018 by Grant Jacobs and Graeme…

The challenge to change: the future of Asia’s fresh produce business

The fresh produce business is changing rapidly – not only in Asia but also worldwide – and the coronavirus outbreak has further accelerated the changes. On 28 September, Jan Doldersum, Chain and Retail Manager at Rijk Zwaan, will participate in a panel discussion with two other experts. They will talk…

Weekly average UK wholesale market prices

Apple prices down slightly, bigger drop for strawberries

According to this weeks figures from DEFRA early season apples prices have dropped from £1.02 per Kg to £0.97, while Gala have gone from £1.10 to $1.04. Black currents have…

The impacts of drought are already here

This summer, onion farmers in eastern Oregon and western Idaho faced a double threat to their livelihood. Even though most farmers had access to plenty of irrigation water, a lack of spring rain and hotter-than-normal summer temperatures hampered production.A dry spring resulted in fewer onions…

Russia extends embargo on fruit and vegetables from the EU, US, Australia, Canada and Ukraine

Moscow extended an embargo on foods from the United States and the European Union until December 2022, in response to several countries' sanctions on Russia, according to a…

New horticultural businesses to enter Gascoyne Food Bowl

The McGowan Government has paved the way for a significant expansion of horticulture production in the Gascoyne region with the release of more than 270 hectares of prime land…

United Fresh Mid-Year Trend Report:

Has COVID-19 changed our shopping habits forever?

Grocery shopping trends over the past few years have focused on the latest’ superfood’ or diet and lifestyle craze, but this year research commissioned by United Fresh shows…

PMA cancels Fresh Summit

The Produce Marketing Association has announced that PMA Fresh Summit will be canceled. The event was supposed to be held in New Orleans from October 28-30, 2021. “I had hoped to bring everyone…

A sense of normalcy after so long

Photo report Organic Produce Summit

Last week, the Organic Produce Summit was held in person at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey, California. An article about the event was published last Friday. Traditionally, the event is closed with a trade show that takes place on the last afternoon of the two-day event. Just like previous years,…

Britain’s fruit and veg farmers cut 2022 planting after widespread waste

British fruit and vegetable growers are cutting planting in 2022 after an unprecedented labor shortage led to widespread waste of produce and hundreds of tonnes of crops, from broccoli to raspberries, rotted in the fields.  Farmers say the Pilot visa scheme Introduced to accept seasonal workers after Brexit…

EU maintains its leading position in global agri-food trade

2020 showed a notable improvement in the EU's leading position among the world's largest exporters of agri-food goods and products. On the import side, the EU has become the…

Seasonal perishable products weekly update

Transportation delays impacting national and global supply

Transportation delays continue to adversely impact the national and global supply distribution chains, both at the ports of entry and at points of distribution. Although no…

Vietnam: Produce prices plunge by almost 80 percent

Farmers in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s agricultural production hub, are hurting as produce prices plunge by almost 80 percent in the wake of pandemic provoked distribution…

© Aaron Amat

Fruit, vegetables and exercise can make you happier

New research led by the University of Kent and University of Reading has found that fruit and vegetable consumption and exercise can increase levels of happiness. While the link between lifestyle and wellbeing has been previously documented and often used in public health campaigns to encourage healthier…

It will be held in a hybrid format on October 5 within the framework of the Fruit Attraction fair

Proexport co-organizes Biofruit Congress, forum on organic vegetables and fruits in Spain

The IV Edition of the Biofruit Congress, the most important organic fruit and vegetable production forum in Europe, will be held on October 5 at Fruit Attraction (Ifema, Madrid) in a face-to-face and online format. "Some 400 sector professionals will discuss the advances in organic production, its…

Interview to Francesca Giarè of CREA, the only Italian partner involved in the project

Agrobridges, the European project that aims to create a direct bridge between farmers and consumers

"The European AgroBridges project was born out of the need to encourage the implementation of short supply chains in the European Union, as they bring sustainable economic,…

Organic Produce Summit exceeds expectations

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Organic Produce Summit (OPS) was held in person in Monterey, California. Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 and for a long time it was uncertain whether this year’s event would be able to continue. Given all the uncertainties, the organization was…

Hundreds of farmers protest in Madrid in defense of a professional CAP and fair prices for their products

Hundreds of farmers called by the Union of Unions (UdU) –400 according to the organization– have gathered in Madrid, in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of…

Agriculture could be an economic bright spot for Mexico

This year, Mexico is expected to export 1.8 mln tons of tomatoes to The US, which constitutes a new record. Last year, exports of tomatoes alone were worth around $2.3 bln.…

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BLE- Market report week 36/21:

'Continuously decreasing deliveries of peaches and nectarines'

The season for peaches and nectarines was on the home stretch, which was clear from the continuously decreasing deliveries. The quality of the products was decreasing as well. Despite the reduced availability, the demand could be satisfied without any effort. Indeed, sales had also become more limited.As…

Jammu & Kashmir seeks ₹80 mln support to boost horticulture produce

The government from Jammu & Kashmir has sought ₹80 mln (€960,000) from the federal government for modified high-density plantation in the region. The goal is to increase the…

Delivering effective fresh produce advertising strategies

"We can speak to a million people, but are we being effective in the way that we are talking to them?"

Focusing on the quality of the message being sent to consumers and choosing the right channels are two main keys to connecting and ultimately driving sales of fruit and vegetable produce, according to one of Australia's largest independent media agencies. Group Account Director at  Atomic 212°, Ashleigh Carter…

PMA Virtual Town Hall

Overview of developments and trends in Mexican agriculture

Since the birth of NAFTA in 1994, agriculture production in Mexico has more than doubled and the country continues experiencing tremendous production growth, now under the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement. As it continues to grow, yesterday’s PMA Virtual Town Hall--Mexico: Produce…

US: Fresh produce reaches highest year-on-year gain since March 2021

The multi-month normalization of grocery shopping patterns came to a halt in August. “Since January 2021, we had been seeing the share of meals prepared at home decrease a little each month,” said Jonna Parker, Team Lead Fresh with IRI. “However, with the elevation of COVID-19 cases in the past month,…

"More profitable to focus on wholesale than retail"

European fruit and vegetable margins are under pressure, despite increasing sales

Dutch data-analysis company, A-INSIGHTS, does not believe intuition and experience are enough to make the correct strategic decisions. You need reliable insights. That is why this company analyzed around 400 European fruit and vegetables companies' financial data. They are in four chain links: breeding, cultivation, trading, and…

FreshPlaza Special about PMA Fresh Summit

For more than 70 years, the Produce Marketing Association has been bringing together the global produce and floral industries at Fresh Summit. After having organized an online event last year, the organization is looking forward to seeing everyone in-person again this year in New Orleans from October…

Rob Kent - Kent Exports

"Being in Asia will give me the opportunity to meet people and make new contacts”

Kent Exports offer a variety of fresh produce from Australia to Asia and the Middle East. Over the last few years Rob Kent has built up a network of growers for whom he facilitates the export. Having spent time previously in Singapore, he is now moving back there to better serve his clients by being…

Fresh produce grower works with Mexican government to increase trade

Fortune Growers, a fresh produce company based in Elgin, Illinois, has partnered with the Mexican government in order to strengthen the growth of Mexican produce. The company works closely with larger agribusiness companies across North America, and their latest initiative has them working closely with…

SA Harvest: "Solving hunger at South Africa's scale boils down to logistics"

Food insecurity in South Africa: closing the gap between farm and fork

Twenty million South Africans face food insecurity, which prompted an organization to gear up its logistics network to place food where it’s most desperately needed. Right: Leonard Nkwalese of Community KidsPot, a Gugulethu-based beneficiary In almost two years, SA Harvest has moved over 2.9 million…

Jammu and Kasjmir, India

Kulgam district reviews traffic plan for fruit transportation

Recently, District Development Commissioner (DDC) for Kulgam, Dr. Bilal Mohi ud-Din Bhat, has chaired a meeting to review the arrangements for the steady transportation of…

Russia wants to increase agri imports from CIS countries

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko has emphasized the importance of increasing the import of agricultural products from the CIS countries. The Commonwealth of…

Bhutan: Creating pathways for sustainable food systems

Representatives from stakeholders relevant to the agricultural sector have taken a look at Bhutan’s future in agriculture. Themed “Strengthening Bhutanese Food System for…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberry imports arriving through Philadelphia and NYC expected to increase

The excitement of a long Labor Day holiday weekend was tempered somewhat by lingering recovery efforts from last week’s Hurricane Ida. Parts of Louisiana and New Orleans remain without power, and fuel prices have gone up nationwide with spot shortages as a result of the hurricane’s landfall so close to…

Dominican Republic imported US $ 2.3 billion of agri products from January to July

According to statistics available from the Dominican Ministry of Agriculture, more than 2.4 million tons of agricultural goods were imported for an amount - exceeding US$2.3…

ASOEX and the Japanese ambassador analyze the opening of this market for Chilean apples

"Japan is a relevant market in Asia where we can continue to expand and diversify our shipments"

The president and the general manager of ASOEX, Ronald Bown Fernandez and Miguel Canala-Echeverria Vergara, met with the Japanese ambassador, Kazuhisa Shibuya. In the meeting,…

'Las Moreras Fruit & Veggies'

New brand of TM Grupo Inmobiliario to develop agricultural business

The Alicante company known as TM Real Estate Group is expanding its agricultural business line with the launch of ‘Las Moreras Fruit & Veggies’. Las Moreras Fruit & Veggies is…

Fresh produce export resumes from Afghanistan after the change of regime

After the abrupt fall of Afghanistan’s government the Taliban took over control of the country. The change in the regime initially led to the suspension of export and import from and to Afghanistan, but with the formation of the new regime, import and export has resumed. Exports of fresh fruits escalated…

Italy and China set to cooperate

During the China Day held a few days ago, there were some 'approaches' to draw the Italian and Chinese fresh produce sectors nearer. Guang Defu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations said that: "In China, we believe in the central role of fresh produce, so much so that we are the leading consumers…

La Grande Bellezza Italiana aims abroad

Chain monitoring and product promotion help increase visibility abroad - this is what is happening to La Grande Bellezza Italiana, which has recently entered the Hungarian market at Macfrut 2021. "We need to thank the Macfrut organization, especially President Renzo Piraccini, for guaranteeing the success…

Water scarcity forces Aleppo farmers to destroy crops

Several areas in the countryside of Aleppo are experiencing drought as the heavy use of groundwater has dried up many wells. All these portend greater problems related to…

Growing Queensland’s online agri-food sales capability

The Palaszczuk Government is helping Ipswich and Toowoomba business to upskill producers and suppliers in e-commerce and support agriculture jobs. Member for Ipswich Jennifer…

Almeria demands more railway infrastructures for fruit and vegetable exports

In recent weeks there has been much talk about the backset of the 1,700 million euro investment in the Barcelona airport. However, there are also other great works that never…

Luis Miguel Fernandez, Managing Director of Coexphal:

"Almeria must now be Europe's organic garden"

Luis Miguel Fernandez, the managing director of Coexphal, made a presentation within the framework of the ODS agroAlmeria agri-food conference, which was recently held at the…

ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report

New data shows Australian horticulture is headed for record value, even through COVID-19 challenges

The value of horticultural production is forecast to rise by four per cent and reach a record $12.4 billion in 2021–22, according to new data released in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report for the September quarter. The report found a key driver for the rise in value is that that fresh fruit and…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador at £0.68 per kg, up 3% from last 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. Bananas from Ecuador sold for £0.68 per kg, up 3% from last week.…

Christophe Besnard, purchase manager Fruit and Vegetables at Relais Vert:

“No shortage of stone fruit this year and the quality was better than last year”

With 25,000 tons of fruit and vegetables sold each year and 250 to 280 products offered each day on the market, Relais Vert has made its place as a true link between manufacturers, producers and organic stores. For more than 35 years, the company has been developing additional expertise in sourcing,…

Cambodia ratifies Free Trade Agreement with China

On September 9, the National Assembly of Cambodia ratified the bilateral free trade agreement with China, aimed to increase the trade of goods by reducing and eliminating…

"Make fruit and vegetables cheaper," advised Dutch board

Introduce levies on added sugar, salt, and red meat in the Netherlands and make fruit and vegetables cheaper. That is what a report from the country's Scientific Council for…

The I love fruit&veg from Europe project as part of a healthy and sustainable choice

The first event organized and promoted by the producer organizations AOA-Associazione Ortofrutticoltori Agro, La Deliziosa, Terra Orti and co-financed by the European Commission was held on Tuesday 7 September 2021 at The Glam Hotel, on a splendid terrace in the heart of Rome.  In the photo: Gian Marco Centinaio, Manuela…

Study finds innovation drives category growth and engagement for fresh produce

The Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) in conjunction with 210 Analytics released What’s New: The Consumer Take on Produce Innovation and Technology 2021 in one of two…

Italian ambassador Alessandro Prunas:

‘Trade between Qatar and Italy up 38% in H1 2021’

Italian ambassador Alessandro Prunas has stated that Italy continues to maintain robust trade relations with Qatar, despite the impact of the pandemic. “There has been an…

National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products

Pakistan committee asks government to remove agri export hurdles

It was recently revealed that higher cost of production, low level of farms productivity, lack of research in seed development and infrastructural bottlenecks precludes…

East Africa needs to remove barriers that are slowing free trade

Kampala has seen a large influx of Kenyan potatoes this season. A 90kg bag of Kenyan potatoes is retailing at just under $20, compared with almost double the price for…

Philippines experience P270 mln of agriculture damage due to typhoon 'Jolina'

Last Friday, the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines said that agricultural damage and losses due to typhoon "Jolina" have so far reached P270.39 million (€4.6 mln).…

Australian industry faces largest rise in food prices in more than a decade

Australians will most likely be paying more for groceries and other essential goods heading into Christmas as the pandemic wreaks havoc on retail supply chains. Economists…

T&G looking for new suppliers to achieve future growth strategy

T&G Global has announced it is on the lookout for a wide range of suppliers across the Hawke’s Bay and Nelson regions, to be part of a significant growth period for the…

BLE- Market report week 35/21:

'The strawberry campaign ended unspectacularly'

The strawberry campaign ended unspectacularly. Deliveries from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium decreased more and more. The quality of the fruit was not consistently convincing, with divergent coloration. A certain degree of customer saturation could not be denied at this point in the season, as…

Vice Chairwoman of the Russia - Vietnam Friendship Association, Regina Budarin:

‘There are more opportunities for Vietnamese exports to Russia’

Experts claim there remains huge room for Vietnam to boost exports of farm produce, seafood, foodstuffs and beverages to Russia, which has great demand for these goods.…

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Minh Hoan:

'Vietnam wants to bolster agricultural cooperation with Belgium'

During a meeting in Brussels on September 9, Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan, told David Clarinval, Minister for Middle Class, SMEs,…

Northwestern Oregon

Willamette Valley: Some yields down as much as 50 percent

The state of Oregon made national headlines earlier this year, when the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Klamath Project, an irrigation system spanning southern Oregon…

Growing 11.1% in July 2021

Peruvian farming sector picks up - Higher levels of potato production

Peru’s farming sector registered an 11.1% growth last July over the same month in 2020. According to the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), this is the…

Youri Aerts, Fruit At Work, Belguim:

"We lost 60% of our clients within 10 days"

“I'm not going to lie; 2020 was a tough year for us," says Youri Aerts of Fruit At Work. "The year got off to a promising start with record sales in Q1. But then COVID-19 hit Belgium. And we lost about 60% of our client base within ten days." Fruit At Work's core business, as its name suggests, is supplying…

Simon George and Sons

Queensland Rockmelons hit peak supply just in time for Spring

Heading into the spring months, now is the time for great eating rockmelons and exceptional value for the fruit, according to an Australian wholesale company. Simon George and Sons has just hit peak supply which will last the month of September and expects strong volumes to continue from North Queensland…

"When the weather isn't hot, Europeans prefer a salad or grilled broccoli instead of watermelon"

Central and northern Europe have experienced a cold summer, with lower temperatures than usual and abundant rainfall. This has had an effect on consumer demand, thus impacting…

Spanish fruit and vegetable imports from the Community and third countries increases

Spanish imports continue to have a positive evolution as the country imported 869,000 tons of fruits and vegetables from EU countries and 1.03 million tons of fruits and…

Macfrut 2021

ZimTrade pursues increased horti exports to Italy

Zimbabwe's trade development and promotion agency ZimTrade says the participation of local exporters at the ongoing Macfrut 2021 in Italy should lead to increased export…

Fruit & veg prices Pakistan up due to poor supply from Afghanistan

As fruits and vegetables from Afghanistan are in short supply, their prices have gone up in Pakistan and in other parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable traders have stated…

UK government debates whether to delay Post-Brexit import checks again

The UK government is strongly considering delaying checks on imports from the European Union again amid warnings of severe disruption to supplies in the run-up to Christmas.…

Director, John Willems, leads Dutch cooperative on a new GMO path under

"We want to help more growers, individually, and respond to client wishes with a wider range"

"If you think about it, everything in life is temporary," mused John Willems last year. That was when he joined the Dutch cooperative, ZON, as interim director. That interim position has now become permanent. This week, ZON's employees and members were told he is staying on. "My probationary period is…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

'Michigan blueberry movement is expected to decrease sharply as the season ends'

This week’s weather impacting the eastern US was evidence that September is indeed right at the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. No sooner had grower-shippers begun to see fields dry out enough to harvest after last month’s Tropical Storm Fred, than Hurricane Ida arrived with landfall near New…

Driving innovation in the Goulburn Valley Fruit Bowl

Food production in the horticultural heartland of the Goulburn Valley will be boosted, with the Victorian Government supporting a new University of Melbourne innovation…

London devotes the biggest proportion of weekly budget to fruit and vegetables

A recent study, conducted by commercial kitchen experts Maxima Kitchen Equipment, used new ONS data on household spending between 2018 and 2020, to discover the areas which…

Uzbekistan looking for technologies for the fresh produce sector

The councilor to the Uzbek Embassy in Rome Nuriddin Kushnazarov will personally attend Macfrut 2021. Since Uzbek companies cannot take part due to the pandemic, he will represent his country in Italy.  "At the fair, I will be able to see the latest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce sector and…

Queensland researchers claim some fruit and vegetables can help prevent asthma

A Redbank Plains researcher has found certain colored fruit and vegetables can prevent asthma, and soon the study will be trialled on patients. Source: theglobalherald.comPhoto…

High-quality fresh produce grown in Abu Dhabi will be available across UAE

Silal signs an unprecedented extensive supply agreement with Barakat

Silal, Abu Dhabi’s new agritech and fresh produce company, recently signed a supply agreement with Barakat, the producer and distributor of fresh juices, and fruits and…

AgroUrbana:

South America: Leveraging vast distribution networks to build larger facility

“We’re building relationships and distribution channels that will allow us to grow into other regions. Latin America, from Mexico to Chile, we all speak the same language and share the same culture,” says Cristián Sjögren, co-founder and CEO of AgroUrbana.  AgroUrbana was the first vertical farm established…

KissanPro to provide farmers direct market access to Middle East

Prominent Jharkhand-based tech player KissanPro has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Barakat Vegetables & Fruit Co, Dubai, UAE to facilitate market access to as far as…

Chandigarh airport: New cargo facility to be operational by year-end

According to senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader professor Prem Singh Chandumajra, a new cargo facility will become operational at the Chandigarh airport in Mohali by the…

Spain is the gateway to Europe for Peruvian agro-exports

Peru's agriculture has boomed for a little more than 20 years, a period of time in which the country positioned itself as one of the world's leading exporters of blueberries,…

Nigerian prices of beans and pepper up 122% in twelve months

Nigerians are seeing prices of food items and other products soaring in the last year, under the guise of dollar shortages and naira depreciation. The price of a 50-kg bag of…

Ghana: Delays at checkpoints cause post-harvest losses & high food prices

Delays, harassment and extortion by police officials in Ghana’s Northern Region have been contributing to post-harvest losses, which are causing an upsurge in food prices. The…

Ukrainian exports of fruits and vegetables to Poland still increasing

Following the results of the 2020/21 season (July-June), Ukraine has once again managed to increase the supply of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to Poland. Ukraine’s…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize sell for £0.68 in the UK

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 were at £0.68 for bananas…

Lidl signs £11 mln supply deal with fresh food producer Willowbrook

Lidl Northern Ireland has awarded Newtownards fresh food producer Willowbrook Foods an expanded supply deal worth £11 million. The deal is nearly double its previous contract.…

Interview with Andrea Montagna, new CEO at Bonduelle Fresh Americas

US lead the way for fresh-cut consumption trends

The US are an immense market where the fresh-cut segment reaches astonishing numbers, and Andrea Montagna has been sent over there to manage the Bonduelle Fresh Americas business unit. FreshPlaza talked about it with him on the phone.  FreshPlaza (FP): Andrea Montagna, you accepted quite the challenge!Andrea…

Hainan's agri companies hope to boost yields with solar panels

Agricultural companies on Hainan, the smallest and southernmost province of the People's Republic of China, are planning to increase the yields of a number of vegetable crops…

China-Philippines agricultural cooperation benefits millions

According to China's Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian, the China-Philippines agricultural cooperation has benefited millions of people from both countries. China has…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products Weekly Update

High water and flooding impacted trade on markets In Eastern US

This week’s weather impacting the eastern US was evidence that September is indeed right at the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. No sooner had grower-shippers begun to see fields dry out enough to harvest after last month’s Tropical Storm Fred, than Hurricane Ida arrived with landfall near New…

Storm destroys agricultural infrastructure and citrus and vegetable crops in the north of Castellon

Ava-Asaja warned that the storm that hit the Region of Valencia, which brought torrential rains, lightning and strong wind gusts, has caused localized damage to the agricultural sector, especially in the Castellon region of Baix Maestrat and in the northern part of the term of Vinaròs, bordering Alcanar,…

"We want to see whether improvement can continue with the increasing volume of fruit that is expected to hit the market"

Australian project monitoring avocado quality to ensure it is meeting consumer expectations

A project monitoring avocado quality in retail stores across Australia has found that the industry has made improvements in meeting consumer expectations at the point of sale over the past year. Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) started sampling fruit in May 2020 and has since sampled more than 6,000…

September 14 and 15, Valencia (Spain)

AECOC Fruits and Vegetables Congress will focus on the changes in the sector after the pandemic

The 23rd AECOC Fruits and Vegetables Congress will be held in person on September 14 and 15 in Valencia, bringing together all the sector's links in the value chain to analyze…

24,000 hectares farmed organically

Serbian agri exports up 13.6% in first half of 2021

Good agri prices, but unfavorable weather conditions and lower yields marked the situation in Serbian agriculture this year. That nation’s Minister of Agriculture assessed the…

Italy must increase its share of fruit and vegetables exported overseas

"The Netherlands as a business model for exports"

"We need to look at the Netherlands as a business model for export, more than we do towards Spain. The Dutch trade and export all over the world, but they are supported by great logistics and organization. These are things that Italy lacks," said Renzo Piraccini, president of Macfrut, at the press…

India

Surplus agro produce goes to waste in 13 Odisha districts

In Odisha state, Khordha and Cuttack districts have the highest concentration of cold storages. As many as 13 districts in the state do not have cold storage facilities. This…

Shipments decreased by 21% in volume and 24% in value

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to non-European countries fell in the first half of the year

Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports to non-European countries during the first half of the year decreased by 21% in volume and 24% in value over the same period in 2020,…

Magic Beans - Growing your own food at home

'Momentum grows for innovative food growing app'

Magic Beans was started six years ago by Anneliese Hough as a Hawke’s Bay Facebook group, and has grown to more than 3100 users, affectionately called Beanies. Sarah Grant…

Food prices to climb as labour shortage crushes food industry

'Entire world is short-staffed'

Whether it's fruit pickers, slaughterhouse workers, truckers, warehouse operators, chefs or waiters, the global food ecosystem is buckling due to a shortage of staff Across the world, a dearth of…

Philippine Statistics Authority:

Output gains for most major vegetables & root crops in Q2

The PSA has reported that cabbage production for the three months to June rose 13.1% year on year to 25,274.80 tons. Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) accounted for 81.1%…

Michael Crisera – Food Growers Victoria

“A great strength of Tie Up Farming is the ability to work off line"

Tie Up Farming’s end to end technology management system has been available for a few years now and it has become an important tool for large businesses. “We offer a cloud-based solution dedicated to the horticulture industry, focussing on the operational side of the agro-business. The system can link…

El Ejido: 13,100 hectares of greenhouses

Spanish growers looking to upgrade their greenhouses

Agriculture continues to be the cornerstone of the economy of Almeria's municipality of El Ejido, which leads the province in terms of the number of agricultural holdings. The…

Peruvian agro-exports up 26% in June

Peruvian agro-exports show sustained growth in the international market, despite the impacts of COVID-19. Only in June, sales in this sector grew 26% to US$621 million, from…

South African farmers face many challenges

Successfully managing a farm is hard, due to nature being unpredictable; only resilient and passionate farmers can survive. Two Limpopo crop farmers are finding ways to work…

New report highlights five obstacles hindering agri development in Tanzania

The National Bureau of Statistics has highlighted five key setbacks that limit Tanzanian agriculture productivity. In a new report, it named the issues being the limited…

Gruppo Libretti at Cibus 2021

Horticultural sector feeling somewhat optimistic

"We decided to take part in Cibus with a stand of over 40 sq m because we want to restart and go back to normality. The entire area is dedicated to our products, starting with the premium range," explains Giuseppe Libretti, CEO at Gruppo Libretti. Giuseppe Libretti at the center "This year, we opted for…

Effects of UK labour shortage:

Growers would rather give fruit and vegetables away for free than see it wasted

Farmers hit by a shortage of seasonal workers have resorted to giving produce away for free. Richard Morritt is a York-based raspberry grower who invited in the public after…

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries releases data

Cambodian agri exports up 89.7% in first eight months

The South-Eastern nation of Cambodia exported 5.54 million tons of agricultural products in the first eight months of 2021, up 89.7% from 2.92 million tons over the same…

Andrew Turriff - Les Turriff

Trade is good, but concerns about supply going forward

The hospitality sector reopened in Scotland back in April after having been closed since Boxing Day, although it was limited in opening times. “When the opening times were extended from 6pm to 8pm it made a huge difference to demand,” explains Andrew Turriff director at Les Turriff. “We took the decision…

"Mexican horticultural industry gets better every year"

The high quality of the products and the lower production costs are mentioned as important boosters for the Mexican greenhouse industry. Following last weeks' exhibition, GreenTech Americas, we discuss the developments in the Mexican horticultural industry. Wil Lammers with Ridder, Francisco Alberico…

ADQ unveils plans for region’s largest farming hub

Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ has unveiled its plans to launch the UAE’s first fresh produce AgTech Park, aiming to accelerate sustainable innovation-centric food production…


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