General fresh produce

Will Box - BoxedFresh

"Quality, convenience and variety has meant we have retained a substantial loyal customer base"

Back in January, Will Box and his business partner, Jonny Honeyman, had the idea to start a home & office delivery service delivering fruit and veg boxes - BoxedFresh - which would run alongside the wholesale business InterFresh. “I suppose the idea came from the requests I always had from friends and…

Ministry of Agriculture projections

Morocco forecasts successful agricultural export campaign

Despite the current pandemic and persistent droughts, the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture projects a promising 2020-2021 export agricultural campaign. Last Wednesday, the…

Between January and September, imports grew by 16% in value and 20% in volume

Morocco positions itself as Spain's leading supplier of fruit and vegetables

Morocco has established itself as the Spanish market's leading supplier of fruits and vegetables. Between January and September 2020, Spanish imports of fresh Moroccan…

Coastal growers in Pakistan put their hopes in tomatoes and chillis

Pakistan’s coastal growers expect to get good revenues from their tomato and chilli crops, still standing in the fields. Both the valuable crops require some more days to…

‘Safe Food from Safe Farm’ market Presse750

Myanmar market offers wide selection of farm-fresh and certified-safe fruit and veg

In Nat Mauk Street -near Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake- there is a weekend market that has more than meets the eye. This weekly agro-bazaar offers a wide selection of farm-fresh and…

Hainan - China Denis Polyakov

Average income of Sanya growers reaches $45,000 per hectare

Agriculture near the district city of Sanya, on average, produces 300,000 yuan (US$ 45,000) worth of products per hectare. According to the local Sanya Daily, producers have…

Russia bans greenhouse tomatoes & peppers from Uzbekistan’s Fergana region

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, has issued a statement that is amounting to a ban on the import of greenhouse…

Manbulloo - Mango Exports

"Interestingly our customers have been prepared to pay more to get our product"

One of Australia's leading mango producers is operating on lower margins on export sales in this COVID-19 affected year, to ensure its international customers can continue to get supply, especially where the demand is very high. Managing Director at Manbulloo, Marie Piccone says, like many other…

Department of Small Business Development funding

South African government sets aside R40 million to assist informal fruit and veg traders

The South African government has set aside R40 million (€2.2) to help informal fruit and vegetable traders that were negatively affected by the pandemic. The money comes from…

Kenya Airways Cargo starts direct flights to key locations across the globe

Kenya Airways (KQ) has started direct cargo flights from Mombasa to various destinations across the world. KQ Cargo will initially run one weekly flight from Mombasa to…

This year, the UK imported less fruit and vegetables, especially in Q3

This year, the United Kingdom imported less fresh fruit and vegetables. Based on figures up to September, imports for the whole of 2020 are estimated at 5.7 million tons. That was 6 million tons in 2018 and 2019. In the two previous years, it was also 5.7 million tons. That country, however, imported…

Orders from the foreign H&R sector are dropping

The rise in infections in most of Europe pushed many countries to introduce new restrictive measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the Continent. Restaurants were among the first businesses to close, with the possibility to continue with deliveries and takeaways. Many Italian businesses supplying…

German Society for Nutrition:

Vegetables still popular, but fruit and potato consumption declining

More vegetables, mineral water, herbal and fruit teas versus less pork and alcohol - the nutrition situation in Germany has improved at some points. This is shown by the trend…

BLE market report KW 47:

'Cold and rain stimulated demand for small citrus fruits'

The autumnal weather, cold and rainy, stimulated the demand for small citrus fruits: Business accelerated, certainly towards the weekend. However, the quality of the goods had to be convincing. On the other hand, stocks sometimes had a hard time finding buyers, even with discounts. The availability of…

UK: New fresh food hub to be created in North East

John Holland, CEO of J.R. Holland Group, is aiming to change the former MAN lorry depot in Team Valley into a “one stop hub” for fresh produce in the region. The new facility…

FreshChain leading a pilot traceability project

Apple or pear growers, packers, wholesalers and exporters interested in further digitising their end to end traceability systems are invited to take part in a traceability pilot being run by Australian owned and operated FreshChain Systems.  North Sydney-based FreshChain is leading a pilot traceability project…

Jamaica: Citizens to see fruit and vegetable prices rise in run-up to Christmas

Recent severe weather conditions, along with challenges from the pandemic, have caused vegetable prices across Jamaica to rise by an average 50 per cent in the last week.…

Thodonal

E-commerce is unlocking new fresh produce markets

Since the start of the Covid pandemic, online sales have boomed. And it’s not just online alcohol sales that spiked in lockdown; health-conscious consumers were keen for fresh…

Michel Van Loon

Agri-tech set to transform the future of African food security

Microsoft has been partnering with public and private organisations to develop systems that support better policy making around agriculture. This is made clear by the number…

Peter Grundhöfer, Grundhöfer LLC:

"We can only hope that the sector will recover quickly, returning to its usual levels"

The second lockdown in Germany is taking its toll on the fruit and vegetable trade. Even those who are indirectly or only partially affected by the closure of the hospitality industry are noticing the effects. Wholesalers have the economic advantage of systemic relevance, but on the other hand they have…

Rudolf Mulderij

Moldovan fruit producers find it easier to export than to sell locally

Moldovan agricultural producers complain that they often find more foreign than local fruit and vegetables on local store shelves. In their opinion, delivering goods to…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:

"Wide range of fruit-vegetables putting pressure on prices"

Current cultivation conditions are excellent in Morocco and Spain. That's making for a substantial supply of various fruit-vegetables. "We receive more than enough product daily. That's from our regular producers in Morocco and southern Spain," says Leon van den Hombergh of Frankort & Koning in the…

Crisis model: Duisburg's fresh food service defies the pandemic

"In no time, my mother had 600 new customers"

It is cool in the hall at the Duisburg wholesale market. At 5 degrees Celsius, almost everything you can imagine in the field of fruit and vegetables is stored here: Truffles, purple potatoes, mini garlic, kumquats and numerous local fruits and vegetables as well as herbs. Pumpkins in summer and…

Latvian parliament maintains reduced VAT for fruits, berries and vegetables

On Tuesday, Latvia’s Saeima -the republic’s parliament- approved amendments to the VAT Law that provide for simplifying VAT usage and reducing VAT to 5% for fresh fruits,…

Gemüsebau Frey signs exclusive partnership deal with Del Monte®

"Cooperation ensures a constant supply of pre-matured goods"

With immediate effect, the Karlsruhe-based trading company Gemüsebau Frey is cooperating with Del Monte®, one of the world's leading suppliers of fresh produce, known for its long experience and outstanding quality. The wholesale and food retail service provider located at the Fresh Produce Center…

"Demand is very strong and we sell most of it before it even flowers"

North Queensland exotic fruit grower picks up national honour for its high-quality tasting produce

A North Queensland exotic fruit grower says it was a proud moment when his produce was compared favourably to what was grown in South East Asia, by a top Australian television chef. Fruit Forest Farm was the national winner of the 2020 Harvey Norman Delicious Produce Awards, after initially being…

The European horticultural market is undergoing a period of uncertainty

The Sicilian horticulture sector is currently in a difficult moment, the problems are piling up and the light at the end of the tunnel seems a long way away. Massimo Pavan, a grower with a long-term career in the carrot and tomato sector, described the situation. Massimo Pavan "We are seeing an abnormal reduction…

Russia extends its ban on western fruit and vegetables until the end of 2021

Through a presidential decree, Russia has extended until December 31 of next year the ban it imposed on Western food in response to the sanctions that the European Union (EU),…

Spotlight on produce offerings in K-12 school foodservice

United Fresh releases Fall 2020 Fresh Insights for Foodservice

The Fall 2020 issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice is now available. Sponsored by Produce Alliance, this quarterly report highlights on-trend foodservice…

Panic buying: “Now we know what to expect in a lockdown”

With signs of panic buying—think aisles emptying of toilet paper—showing up in cities such as New York and Los Angeles as new lockdown orders hit regions across the country, how do growers and shippers feel about dealing with panic buying yet again? “I honestly don’t expect to see anything like we saw…

Northeastern India

Mizoram government intent on checking vegetable price monopoly

The northeastern Indian state of Mizoram has had its Agriculture Minister, C. Lalarinsanga, state that the state government would introduce vegetable market chains that would…

Uzbekistan exports fruits and vegetables to 80 countries

In 2020, the volume of production of fruits and vegetables will exceed 20 million tons for Uzbekistan, according to numbers from the Uzbek embassy in Italy. The Uzbek soil is…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize up 21% as compared to 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. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.58 for bananas…

Wholesale markets also seeing pandemic-related changes

While much has been said about how retailers and restaurants are making their way through the pandemic, with the onset of the second COVID-19 wave, how are things faring with the country’s wholesale markets? This time, they’re better prepared says Earl’s Organic Produce, a merchant within the SF Market…

The Government cuts the quota of new Moroccan temporary women for the Huelva campaign by 30%

The central government has cut by 30% the quota of new Moroccan female workers with a contract at origin who were expected to travel from Morocco to Huelva in the 2020-2021…

Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority

Pakistan: SMEDA plans agro-processing facility to promote fruit exports

Pakistan’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has planned to establish an agro-food processing facility in Balochistan to minimise post-harvest losses…

New research finds Aussies care more about food since COVID-19

Almost one quarter of Australians say COVID-19 has made them more conscious of where their food comes from, according to new research by the National Farmers’ Federation,…

Pieter Gabriëls, Bejo Samen LLC:

"The Coronavirus is a catalyst for the development of consumer trends"

Vegetable producers in Europe are already far into their preparations for the next season. Large parts of the planning cannot be done personally due to Corona, but people are attempting to aid their customers as well as possible nevertheless, explains Bejo's Pieter Gabriëls: "We are all strained and…

Volkan Günes (Sun Früchte Freiburg) on the current Corona situation

"Fortunately, many specialist retailers still shop with us"

The current Lockdown Light and renewed closures of the hospitality industry are putting a big crimp on the plans of many fruit traders at local wholesale markets. As is well known, many wholesale market suppliers live predominantly from supplying the regional gastronomy and community catering. At…

Frédéric Lacorre, head of fruits and vegetables at Leclerc Châtellerault:

"The job of a greengrocer cannot be improvised"

Frédéric Lacorre is responsible for the fruit and vegetable section of the Leclerc hypermarket in Châtellerault, France. According to him, the job of a greengrocer cannot be improvised. "You have to be passionate and have a thirst for knowledge about the products sold in order to be efficient on a daily…

US retail report

Strong and stable fresh produce retail gains in October

Eight months into the pandemic, the virus remains in firm control of how and where people spend their food dollar. Everyday sales have been on a slow march back to normal and restaurant transactions had come within 10% of prior year levels. Come September, many of the pandemic shopping patterns had…

Minister of Commerce U Than Myint

Myanmar: More attention necessary for smooth flow of perishable crops

The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar should smoothen the flow of crops from farms to domestic users as well as to the country's ports and border trade points as COVID-19…

Georgia senators want to look into squash and cucumber imports

Georgia’s senators are asking for federal officials to look into squash and cucumber imports. Recently, Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler wrote a letter to…

Australian worker shortage could lead to more expensive fruit and veg

Australians might be paying a lot more for their fruit and vegetables this summer, possibly taking home a lower-quality product at the same time. The current worker shortage…

Gerold Grotelueschen

Dropping vegetable prices in Navi Mumbai's APMC market

Prices of vegetables have come down in the APMC market in Navi Mumbai, caused by a lack of customers. As a result, vegetable prices witnessed a decline by 50 per cent. As…

Austchilli: 25 years in business

Austchilli is celebrating 25 years in business. Rather than resting on its laurels, it is looking to the future and for founder and managing director David de Paoli, that’s getting food into space. This ambitious target is the logical next step for David who thrives on challenge and innovation. De Paoli has built the company…

"Entire market has collapsed"

Lockdown affects business at Vienna wholesale market

At the beginning of last week, a renewed lockdown came into effect in Austria. A hard decision for the economy, and for the fruit industry there as well. The emergency measures have partly disastrous consequences for suppliers at the Vienna wholesale market Inzersdorf. A large proportion of the wholesale…

Laurent Klotz, Agrosta:

"Our technology has become a reference in the fruit and vegetable sector"

Agrosta, a French manufacturer of scientific instruments for the fruit and vegetable sector, has greatly benefited from the boom in the blueberry market to prove the effectiveness of its technologies and improve its reputation. "Our instruments are considered a standard in this field on the European…

Punjab growers want more farmer-friendly laws

For the last two months, growers from Punjab and other Indian states have been protesting against the new federal farm laws. A recent meeting between Union ministers and…

Technology aides Indian growers with their sales

At the start of this year, growers from Anantapur, a city in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, were left with huge volumes of unsold sweet lime. The reason for this…

Per capita consumption significantly higher than in the previous year

Carrots still favorite vegetable of Swiss consumers

Once again, the carrot was the Swiss' favorite vegetable last year. Per capita, 8.45 kilograms of the vegetable were eaten last year. With nearly 8.5 kilograms per capita, the…

Finister Investments

AgriFood Tech investment continues to climb amid pandemic

AgriFood Tech Investment Continues to Climb Amid Pandemicby Arama Kukutai (Cofounder and Partner) and Ingrid Fung (Investment Director). Despite the current political climate and economic uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, growth in the AgriFood Tech sector has been remarkably strong in 2020. At the…

Japan to nurture production areas for farm exports

The government plans to launch a program aimed at nurturing communities that grow farm and fishery products exclusively for export, informed sources said Thursday. The program…

Pacific Islanders in on-farm quarantine trial under review before more arrivals

Emerald grape farm manager Douw Van Der Merwe said the business would have lost millions of dollars in rotten fruit if it had not been able to secure employees. "If we didn't…

"Can we compete if this keeps going like this?"

Growers notice concerning workforce trends amid Australian horticulture labour shortage

A table grape grower in Victoria says the COVID-19 pandemic has created a generation of "job hoppers" who are pushing for better conditions and pay, which is further compounding the labour shortage problems faced by the industry. Owner of Budou Farms, Enrique Rossi says he is finding workers who are…

Emerson survey: 82% of respondents said they have changed their habits in purchasing food products

Retailers need to adjust to new consumer behaviors shaped by Covid-19

A survey released by Emerson’s Commercial & Residential Solutions business, shows that consumers have dramatically altered their shopping habits in response to Covid-19, putting pressure on retailers to adapt to changing consumption patterns. More than 8 out of 10 (81%) of respondents said they’re paying…

EU-Mercosur agreement sparks disagreement between the industry and the Spanish production sector

Disagreement has been sparked between the different parts of the Spanish agri-food sector regarding the deal between the European Union and Mercosur, whose future is still…

BLE market report KW 46:

'First Spanish cauliflowers have arrived'

Native cauliflowers dominated the market. The first Spanish batches arrived: In Frankfurt they cost only €5 to 6 per box of six, which meant they sold easily. Belgian and Dutch lots completed the market. In Berlin there were the last Polish items, but they were not entirely convincing in terms of quality…

93 warnings issued for non-compliance with fresh produce price caps

A total of 93 official warnings were issued for non-compliance with price caps for fruits and vegetables, announced the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply in Jordan. The…

J E Tipper - Passionfruit

"At the moment it is on track for some good crops leading into Christmas"

Major Australian wholesaler, J E Tipper is hopeful that the 2020 summer passionfruit season being a ‘bounce-back’ year after the weather and drought had an effect on previous crops. "Production should be up; there are some new varieties coming up and as long as the weather continues to play its part,…

The Norwegian Fruit and Vegetable Information Office

‘Norwegians eating fewer fruits and vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic'

On Tuesday, 10 November, Norway's annual ‘5-a-day Europe’ survey was presented. It shows that people in that country are eating fewer fruits and vegetables. That is due to the…

Asaja Almería

Concern about the "overall collapse" of prices at origin in Almería

The agrarian organization Asaja Almería has warned of the "general collapse" of the prices at origin of vegetables in the province in recent weeks. This appears to mostly be…

Fruit and Vegetable retailer recognised as one of Australia's leading social media voices in 2020

A Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer has been selected as one of LinkedIn's Top 20 Australian Voices in 2020, in recognition of driving the conversation around a changing industry. David Zahlan, Director of Alexanders’ Fruit Market has amassed over 10,000 followers on his LinkedIn, in addition to…

BASF Vegetable Seeds Webinar

How to leverage consumer trends in the US and Mexico to meet demand

This week, BASF Vegetable Seeds hosted a webinar to examine consumer trends and impacts in the United States and Mexico, and how the industry can use these trends to continue to meet and exceed the market demands in both countries. Speakers at the webinar included GoldenSun Insights Co-owners Randy Riley…

Livestreaming to promote sales of fruit to millions of followers

Gan Youqin chatted with her followers and promoted sales of citrus fruits from her hometown in her nightly livestreaming session. The 40-year-old woman, who used to be a…

Sales of sustainable food up 18%, despite higher cost

People spent 18 per cent more on sustainable food in 2019 compared to the previous year. Consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable food, of which the supply is…

Kenyan hort exports up 8.6% despite pandemic

Earnings from horticulture in the first 10 months of the year have defied the Covid-19 economic fallout to rise 8.6 percent to Sh126 billion compared to a similar period year…

How to snack smarter during screen time

The average American adult spends more than 11 hours per day on screens, according to Nielsen, and while they are watching TV, shopping on their laptop, and texting, they also…

Border closures may create Christmas fruit and veg shortages

Australians should prepare for fruit and vegetable shortages this Christmas after states and territories closed their borders following an outbreak in Adelaide. Australian…

Speak out and be 'deleted': Suppliers fear supermarket retribution

Some supermarkets are threatening to "delete" suppliers' products from shelves if they speak out about tactics like 45% margins and billing for thefts, a supplier industry group says. The accusations come as the government orders its promised year-long Commerce Commission market study into supermarkets…

The EU-Mercosur agreement will be delayed at least to the end of 2021

The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay), which was signed in 2019 after 20 years of negotiation, might only…

Wholesale market sees greater demand for healthy foods

Like many businesses, the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) made changes to its businesses amidst the pandemic. For one, its hours have been adjusted—closing time is now at 10 a.m. for instance rather than 1 p.m. to accommodate the increases in the cleaning and sanitization schedules. Other…

The brand of Italian red flesh apples at the “Kiku News Talk”

Socials and digital lift sales and notoriety of Red Moon®

Red Moon Ltd confirms the prediction made in September: with the conclusion of the harvest of RM-1 (harvest video), the later red-fleshed cultivar, which together with RS-1 is marketed under the brand Red Moon®, the available quantities for the 2020/21 campaign are around 3,000 tons. The increase in harvested…

Georgia: Carrefour launches reusable bags for loose fruit and veg

Statistics show that, on average, Georgian citizens use 525 plastic bags per year. While this is an environmental problem, such high plastic usage and production also depletes…

Which fresh products are South Africa's top performers?

Consumer interest in healthy eating is pushing up sales of fresh produce. But looking at the commodities that experienced the highest growth over the past few years, one thing…

Tunisian fruit and vegetables to once again feed the stalls of Libyan markets

Closed in mid-March due to the pandemic, the border post between Tunisia and Libya again let vehicles and pedestrians pass through on Saturday. Flights between the two…

Nico Schaft, 888 Fruit Company, France:

"Chinese chestnut prices under pressure, but Nashi pears are very pricey"

The coronavirus pandemic is placing a lot of extra pressure on many companies at Rungis, the Parisian wholesale market. "In March, our turnover even increased by 30 to 40%," says Nico Schaft of 888 Fruit Company. "Our advantage is that we mainly supply wholesalers, supplemented with supermarkets in…

Fruits worth nearly Rs 3 billion imported for Dashain, Tihar and Chhath

Despite declarations intended to make Nepal self-reliant in fruits, the import of the fruits is still far from decreasing. The increasing demand for fruits seems beyond the…

Coronavirus worsens plight of city's informal traders

For six years, Reuben Dube earned his keep selling second-hand shirts, trousers and shoes in this city's central business district. Then came the coronavirus crisis, which…

Cross-border traders in Busia to get market

Small cross-border traders, long the mainstay of communities straddling the border of Kenya and Uganda and once considered illegal by revenue agencies, will benefit from the construction of an open air market in Busia. The project is part a Ksh1.31 billion ($13.1 million) agreement signed between the…

Jordan farmers affected by shut down of markets

The Ministry of Agriculture has given priority to a number of sectors to work during the comprehensive lockdown, including retail stores and wholesale markets to ensure the sustainability of production.  Ministry's Spokesperson Lawrance Al Majali on Saturday said that the ministry has issued a list of exemptions…

Iranian ag exports increase 13.8%

The value of Iran’s agricultural products export has risen 13.8 percent during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-October 21), compared to…

98% of adult Poles know the value of eating fruit and vegetables

98% of adult Poles know that it is worth eating vegetables and fruit, know their benefits and perceive them as healthy. However, only one in six puts these ideas on a plate…

Alexanders Fruit Market - Mad Mango Month

Melbourne fruit and veg retailer expands mango range as consumers appetite broadens

A leading Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer says October's "Mad Mango Month" was a major success as consumers experimented with new varieties, driven by a change in sales strategy to price by the kilogram.   Director of Alexanders Fruit Market in Oakleigh, David Zahlan says he found that people are more willing…

Jan Hutchinson - New Spittalfield Wholesale Market

Increased interest from consumers during lock down

The fruit and vegetable trade remained busy during the first lockdown and this was also the case for businesses in New Spitalfields wholesale market in London. “For most of the traders business remained buoyant but for some of the tenants who supplied the caterers it was tough,” explains Jan Hutchinson,…

COAG Andalucía asks for implementation of prior import certificates

Drop in prices in Spain due to the entry of horticultural products from Morocco

The Andalusian Coordinator of Agricultural and Livestock Organizations (COAG) has denounced that, in the middle of the fruit and vegetable campaign, the entry of products from…

Chile and the Netherlands begin paperless operations for phytosanitary certificates

The Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) has announced that Chile and the Netherlands have started using paperless phytosanitary certificates in the commercial exchange of…

Munich wholesale market traders suffer from strict Corona conditions

"I believe the situation will only ease up from February-March onwards"

At Munich's Sendling wholesale center, sales are rather slow at the moment. Normally the Christmas season will slowly be getting underway at this time of year, but in this exceptional Corona year, everything is different, says wholesaler Helmut Bienek, owner of the trading company of the same name. "Many…

European Union tariff on US goods affects sweet potatoes, grapefruit and more

The European Union has imposed $4 billion in tariffs on US goods this week in response to the WTO conclusion that aerospace company Boeing has benefitted unfairly from state support. This provided the EU with a green light to impose tariffs on the US. The list of products to which the tariffs will apply…

Libya: Kremia fruit and vegetable market ready for reopening

Yesterday, the Management of Kremia Fruit and Vegetable Market, Tripoli and Libya’s premier wholesale market located in the Kremia area off the Swani-Kremia road, announced that the market will soon reopen its retail and wholesale sections. The market comes under the supervision of the Municipality of…

New Zealand fruit and vegetable prices fall as food price growth slows

Fruit and vegetable prices dropped 5.6 per cent in October 2020 compared to the month before, as the local growing season picked up. This is according to Stats NZ information.…

FAO's Food Outlook: Developing countries buoy global food trade

Global trade in food products has proven remarkably resilient during the pandemic, with developing countries even managing to increase export revenues, according to a new…

The Rungis market awaits Sicilian produce

FreshPlaza talked to Calogero Montana from the international Montana Groupe, with various branches in Italy and France, for an overview of the dynamics of the European fresh produce market. The entrepreneur reported on the most popular products at the Rungis wholesale market.  Calogero Montana "The Italian…

Agricultural industry in El Salvador reports heavy losses due to rainfall

Yesterday, El Salvador's fruit and vegetable producers reported losses of over 6 million dollars due to heavy rainfall associated with tropical storm Eta. Many fields were…

Peru: Non-traditional exports volume up 6.2% in September 2020

The volume of non-traditional Peruvian exports grew by 6.2% last September, for a second consecutive month. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics…

Jordanian government sets fixed fresh produce prices

Last Tuesday, the Jordanian government set fixed prices for fresh produce following a huge increase in prices of fruits and vegetables ahead of the post-elections lockdown,…

BLE market report KW 45 / 2020:

'Italian Abate Fetel pears seemed to dominate the markets'

Italian pears seemed to dominate the markets: Abate Fetel were the most popular with customers, Santa Maria was only of little interest locally. Williams Christ from Italy were there as well. In Frankfurt, Red Bartlett reappeared after a break, but they were too expensive for smooth processing. From…

PMA virtual town hall

How will the pandemic affect consumer shopping habits this holiday season?

This week’s PMA virtual town hall looked ahead at the end-of-the-year holiday season and how this year’s changes in consumer habits might impact this year’s holiday season. Smaller gatherings and family members joining the festivities virtually will have an effect on how consumers shop for the holidays…

Agriculture Minister Floyd Green:

‘Jamaican production incentive program is bearing fruit’

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, has stated that the government’s $1.5-billion Production Incentive Program is bearing fruit, with increases in several…

Mintec Thanksgiving Dinner Index

US Thanksgiving meal prices up in 2020

Most US consumers are more than ever looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving on 26th November. However, Mintec’s Thanksgiving Dinner Index indicates that while consumers are planning their Thanksgiving meals, they will have to pay more for it. The Index shows that the prices of some of their favorite…

Indian government subsidises fruit and veg air transportation from North East and Himalayan states

On Wednesday, the federal Indian government announced a scheme under which a 50 per cent subsidy will be provided for air transportation of 41 fruits and vegetables from North…

Finnish Customs reject produce with excessive pesticides

According to a press release, issued last Wednesday, Finnish Customs officials have rejected more food products with pesticide residues by the end of October 2020 than during…

Ghana: Asante Akim north district wants to boost vegetable production

The Asante Akim North District Directorate of Agriculture is partnering with two companies in France and Canada to boost the production of peppers, onions and tomatoes in the…

Spain

New device to determine quality and shelf life of fruits and vegetables in real time

A team of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) has patented a device that makes it possible to estimate the quality losses that a perishable product…

Brian Numainville of the Retail Feedback Group:

“Consumers are gravitating toward price-focused retailers like Aldi during pandemic”

Discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl have been seeing growth in the US market, and both Aldi and Lidl have significant expansion plans for the coming years. According to Brian Numainville of the Retail Feedback Group, consumers have recently been gravitating more toward price-focused retailers such…

Deliveries of fresh Sicilian produce in the heart of Amsterdam

PuraVitaFood is an importer of produce - fresh, semi-processed and processed - which also provides a delivery service thanks to a network of selected suppliers. Products are all Italian, grown with both organic and traditional techniques. "We only import products that I have personally checked, from…

Peru seeks access for new products to the US market

Peru is seeking to export more products to the United States, one of the main destinations for the country's blueberries, asparagus, and table grapes. According to Gabriel…

Bernd Jäger (Jäger Gemüse LLC) on the situation on the free market

"Reichenau tomatoes on home stretch, lamb's lettuce harvest picks up speed"

Despite the current circumstances, the German greenhouse vegetable harvest has gone according to plan so far. On the island of Reichenau - one of the most important growing regions in Germany - the traditional switch from summer crops to the winter range is now taking place. "Reichenau tomatoes are…

Farm purchase planned by Hmong American Farmers Association in Dakota County

The Hmong American Farmers Association plans to buy the Dakota County farmland they are currently leasing, counting on $2 million in state bonding. The association has been…

Percentage of children and adolescents who consumed any fruit on a given day decreased with age

CDC investigates fruit and veg consumption among children and adolescents in the US from 2015-2018

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), 2015–2020 (1), recommends consuming different types of vegetables, including dark green, red or orange, starchy, and other…

Stefano Foschi from Bioplanet

Anastatus bifasciatus the best weapon against brown marmorated stink bug

It is now possible to make the first evaluations on the biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug in a year when its presence in Italy seems to have generally dropped. "We need to start precisely from this data, as the drop is due to natural factors, including biological ones. Some may think…

Thomas Stütz, Früchte Braun LLC:

"Thanks to the sales from our stocks we are able to fully utilize our employees, even in the lockdown"

The German fruit and vegetable industry is back in lockdown mode. Delivery and collection services are being resumed and wholesalers are opening their doors to consumers to compensate for losses from the catering industry. Früchte Braun LC, for example, is now opening its doors three days a week at its…

Bangladesh: Government to set up packhouse and lab to boost farm exports

The government of Bangladesh is planning to set up a modern packhouse and a certified laboratory to boost the export of agricultural products. A two-acre plot in the capital's…

Iranian government actions detrimental to its farmers

According to some sources, the fact that the Iranian government did not support its farmers In recent months has forced them to sell their produce at low prices and at a loss.…

"We need to keep both our workforce and the food supply secure"

The hardest harvest: looking back on the shutdown of Nature Fresh Farms

"COVID-19 has presented the entire agriculture industry with unprecedented challenges. As farms, we have an important duty: to continue operating as an essential service and keep our crops growing strong while putting strict health and safety procedures in place to keep our teams safe. This is an ongoing…

CPMA and CHC recommend government action to support fresh produce industry

From November 2-5, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) hosted virtual meetings with industry representatives and…

One third of UK fruit and vegetables are imported from climate-vulnerable countries

Researchers call for a radical rethink of our trade strategies to ensure people in the UK have continued access to fruit and vegetables. The UK’s supply of fruit and vegetables has become increasingly reliant on imports from countries vulnerable to climate change, according to a new study in Nature Food.…

Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports witness a surge

The export value of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables throughout the recent months saw a decline of 12.5% to US$2.72 billion in comparison with the same period from last year.…

China and Zimbabwe Agricultural Company undertake ambitious US$ 2,5 agri project

Aiming to help Zimbabwe’s government to revamp the nation’s agricultural sector, the China and Zimbabwe Agricultural Company has started an ambitious US$ 2,5 million seed breeding project in Mazowe. The investment was made through the China Industrial International Group, the parent company of the China…

USDA Advertised prices for specialty crops at major retail supermarket outlets

Significant increases in US pear and pineapple prices

Though holiday favorites like persimmons, pomegranates, cranberries, onions, and sweet potatoes appeared in ads, they were only moderately prevalent compared to previous years. The following are the prices of major advertised items (3,000 plus stores) this week, compared to the same week last year.…

K. Pichumani

Chennai, India

Wholesale fruit market reopened at Koyambedu

On Monday, after nearly six months, the wholesale fruit market reopened at Koyambedu in Chennai, India. According to the traders there, the response was poor on the first day, which they attributed to the Madhavaram temporary market still being open. Image: K. Pichumani The fruit market was shifted to the Madhavaram temporary…

Singapore firms fined for illegal food imports

Four Singapore companies have been fined in the past month, being accused of illegally importing food products. All of the firms had penalties set in court. In October, CCL…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average prices at £0.62 for bananas from Ecuador, up 13% 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. The current average week prices were at £0.62 for bananas from Ecuador,…

Philippines: 80,000 farmers in 6 regions hit by Typhoon Quinta and Supertyphoon Rolly

Some 80,000 farmers in six regions in the Philippines incurred losses amounting to P5.5 billion (€93.5 mln) from the combined damage caused by Typhoon Quinta and and…

Dole Asia Fresh positive about future of Chinese trade

During an online interview, Christian Wiegele, division president of Dole Asia Fresh, spoke highly of the China International Import Expo and the potential of the Chinese…

Regional growers welcome Botswana Horticulture Council initiative

Horticulture growers in Maun and its direct surroundings have welcomed the move by the Botswana Horticulture Council (BoHoCo) to establish horticulture market centres. They…

Philippines agri sector grows at slower pace in Q3

The agriculture industry from the Philippines grew at a slower pace during the third quarter of the year, as increases in crop and fisheries production were not enough to…

Croatian Ministry of Agriculture: Vrgorac growers to receive 300,000 HRK in 2021

Slobodna Dalmacija reports that by creating a three-year comprehensive assistance program, defined through seven different measures, the city administration in Vrgorac decided…


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