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“We really didn’t expect to be in this situation almost a year on"

Wholesalers have had to adapt many times in the last 12 months to cope with lockdowns and different levels of restrictions. It has been no different for Dundee wholesaler Les Turriff who at the height of the first lockdown the company was doing 1200 box deliveries a week, since then it has been a bit up…

Lucie Dumont, Estivin Group:

“Potential to be gained in fresh-cut”

“Fraîch’Envie”, the fresh-cutting station of the Estivin Group, offers a wide range of freshly-cut fruit and vegetables. During this period marked by Covid-19, the demand is lower. “The French have started cooking again, therefore mainly consuming first-range vegetables,” explains Lucie Dumont, manager…

Murcian businessmen travel to Ecuador to explore new business opportunities

A delegation of businessmen from the Region of Murcia has traveled to Ecuador with the aim of strengthening commercial relations with the Andean country and improving Murcia's…

BLE Market Report Week 2:

'First navelates from Spain arrived unusually early'

Among the blond oranges, Spanish Navelina surpassed everything in terms of quantity. Navels from Italy and Spain and Salustiana from Spain supplemented the ranges. From Morocco, there were Salustiana and Navel. The first navelate from Spain arrived at an unusually early time of the season. Snowfall and…

Russia's new tomato export quotas welcomed by Turkish growers

Turkish tomato exporters and producers welcomed Russia's decision to increase that nation’s tomato exports quota by 50,000 tons. They had been waiting for this decision as the…

Justin Leonard - Jackie Leonard & Sons.

“We will get through this uncertain period but as a businessman it is difficult"

The new Brexit regulations are causing a big problem for British exporters to Europe and vice versa. Irish importers are also having a very difficult time as a huge percentage of the fresh produce imported from other European countries as well as the UK, traditionally entered the country via the English…

Horticulture of Ukraine 2020: fruit and vegetable degradation or temporary difficulties?

The EastFruit team sums up the results for the Ukrainian horticulture business in 2020, which can hardly be considered successful or favourable. Fruit and vegetable imports to…

FEPEX warns Congress that the Chain Law may lead to an increase in Spanish imports

The director of FEPEX, Jose Maria Pozancos, appeared before the Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Commission, which is working to amend Law 12/2013, of August 2, to improve the operation of the food chain. Pozancos said he shared the objectives of the law and the directive on unfair commercial practices.…

J.H. Leavy & Co

Brisbane wholesaler able to significantly boost operations since moving into new warehouse

A major Brisbane wholesaler says it has been able to provide a significant increase in capacity across a number of its current service offerings, since launching its new facility. J.H. Leavy & Co. invested in a new $19.5million dollar purpose designed warehouse, which was opened in August, 2020. CEO Ben…

Mark Wright - Davis Worldwide

“It is no exaggeration when I say this has been the most challenging time in all my years in the industry"

Davis Worldwide is an Anglo-Dutch company who import and export fruit and vegetables year-round, many of the products are highly perishable. Since the Brexit deal came into place on 1st of January 2021 the company has had to navigate their way through a sea of red tape to export goods into Europe from…

January-October 2020

The EU accounts for 92.6% of the value of fresh Spanish fruit and vegetable sales abroad

The EU stands as the main destination for Spanish fresh fruits and vegetables, accounting for 92.6% of Spanish shipments up until October 2020. Of the 11,861 million Euro…

Manuel Kölbl (Früchte Kölbl) on challenges in the fresh produce trade

"Inflationary price rallies in day-to-day operations and immense commodity shortages"

The fresh produce trade is seeing some exciting times: In parallel to the ongoing Corona problem, the weather in Spain and southern Europe has led to supply bottlenecks and price mark-ups in recent weeks. How are medium-sized fruit traders coping with these major challenges? Manuel Kölbl, third…

Kazakhstan bans import of tomatoes from Azerbaijan

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan has informed the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance about the ban on the import of…

Cabinet Secretary warns that Kenyan fresh produce reputation is at stake

The Kenyan government has warned its growers that the nation could lose losing its reputation in the fresh produce export markets unless producers maintain the required…

So far ‘worst case scenario’ avoided but Brexit impact on fresh produce sector mounting with extra costs totalling €55 million

As Brexit unfolds Freshfel Europe is closely monitoring the mounting impact on the fresh produce sector with extra costs already estimated at a total of €55 million. The EU-UK…

Oman: Asyad-managed ports witness 17% increase in direct imports

The Asyad managed ports of Port Sultan Qaboos and Ports of Khasab, Suwaiq and Shinas, have seen a 17 per cent increase in direct imports compared to 2019. The ports handled…

Delays and red tape causes food shortages at British supermarkets in Spain

Supermarkets that sell British products in Andalucía have reported problems with deliveries of fresh stock since 1 January. It seems, however, that Brussels doesn’t want to…

Brazilian fruit distributor celebrates 30-years in business with continued expansion

Currently, Brazil has multiple products in season, including sweet potatoes, ginger and limes. Brazilian company Tropical Fruit Group, who supply each of these products is celebrating their 30-year anniversary this year. Matheus Donófrio, who has been in charge of the group for the past ten years after…

Michael Kowalski (Rust Gebr. LLC) on the situation in the Hanover wholesale trade

"Sales in commercial kitchens could be maintained somewhat"

For traders at the wholesale markets, 2020 was undoubtedly a very exciting year due to corona. The first half of 2021 will also be dominated by the crisis. Many long-established wholesale companies are slowly but surely running out of steam. We spoke to Michael Kowalski, Managing Director of Rust…

Trade volume of fruit reached 10,800 tons on the first day

Chinese Hongxing Global Agricultural Wholesale Center is open for business

The Hongxing Fruit Market in Changsha City has officially closed down after 16 years. The market moved to the new Hongxing Global Agricultural Wholesale Center on the 16th of…

Supply route Miami - Saba

Pilot shipment to Saba will assess new fresh produce supply line

Last summer, the Caribbean island of Saba -known to be the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands- approved a project to investigate possibilities to accomplish a…

Karnataka Agriculture Minister urges growers to brand their produce

Yesterday, Karnataka Agriculture Minister B.C. Patil called upon the state's  growers to process and add value to their products before branding and marketing them. Patil said the…

China monitors fresh food supply ahead of Spring Festival

Chinese officials will keep a sharp watch on market conditions and take active measures to ensure adequate fresh produce supplies as the peak consumption period of the Lunar…

Cuba: Agricultural sector needs multimillion investments until 2030

Cuban agriculture requires investments at a rate of 900 million pesos a year until 2030, just to ensure the economic and social recovery that is currently underway in the…

APAL Post-Harvest Seminar - MAF RODA

"The fundamental question asked to me every day is how can I reduce the packing cost to the grower"

Leading global packing equipment company, MAF RODA says the industry is now able to analyse every piece of fruit more thoroughly than ever before, thanks to huge advancements in technology available in Australia. Speaking at APAL's online Post-Harvest Seminar, MAF Oceania Sales Director, Phil Alexander…

China saw increase in fruit export volume and value in 2020

China is the world's largest fruit producer and consumer market, producing large volumes of apples and citrus. Thanks to population and income growth, and urbanization,…

Agriculture Minister dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque: Wikipedia

'Bangladeshi agri-products ready to conquer markets in Germany and other EU countries'

Last week, Bangladeshi Agriculture Minister dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, at a virtual conference titled “Bangladesh: Opportunities for export and trade of agro-products:…

Monsoon rains, floods and Covid-19 hit Myanmar

The wet weather and accompanying floods, together with the Covid-19 pandemic, have been disastrous for business at Myanmar wet markets. Supplies have dropped, making it…

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Northern Ireland supermarkets: No food shortages, only choice issues

A Northern Ireland supermarket lobbyist has insisted that whilst there are shortages of certain fresh foods in shops, the situation is getting better by the week. Aodhan…

China and New Zealand discuss cooperation on new plant varieties

In November 2020, the Agricultural Intellectual Property and New Plant Variety Rights Protection Seminar was held in Shanghai. Leading IP experts were discussing topical…

EastFruit

Horticulture of Uzbekistan 2020: drop in exports, losses from frost, bans on supplies

The EastFruit team sums up the results of the 2020 fruit and vegetable year for Uzbekistan. This year turned out to be very difficult for the participants in the horticulture business due to late spring frosts during the flowering of orchards and vineyards, the collapse of the Sardobin dam, uncertainty…

Southwest Tajikistan

Fruit and vegetable exports from Khatlon region up 20,000 tons

The Covid pandemic did not prevent a significant increase in agricultural exports from the Khatlon region of Tajikistan. In 2020, a total of 108,000 tons of fruits and…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize - average week price at £0.86

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 £0.86 for…

Iran: Horticultural exports Mazandaran province at $140 million

A total of $140 million worth of horticultural products were exported from Iran’s northern Mazandaran province during the first nine months of the current Iranian year. Over…

Rob Cullum - Pacific Produce

“Overall 2020 was a challenging year for most products"

Pacific Produce imports many fruit and vegetable products from Peru, in what has been a sometimes turbulent year and most certainly an unusual one. Rob Cullum, Managing Director at the company talks about some of the import seasons and how they coped with 2020. Blueberries“The blueberry season started…

Fewer fresh fruits and veg available, both in Spain and for export to Europe

European fruit and vegetable prices up due to Storm Filomena

Although many growers are calling the wet and cold weather brought by Storm Filomena ‘a blessing,’ the low temperatures and heavy rain have led to a surge in prices for many…

Texas Tech researcher examines COVID-19 impact on fruit and vegetable production

Stephen Devadoss collaborated with other researchers to explore the pandemic’s effects on farm labor force and its influence on production.At the outset of the COVID-19…

AVA-ASAJA

"Government and the EU must stop speculation of funds in the agricultural sector"

On January 13, AVA-Asaja presented the Agricultural Balance of 2020; a year in which important capital operations have been carried out in the agricultural sector, and which…

Overview of the effects of the winter weather in Andalusia

UPA Andalusia has made an initial estimate of the damage that storm Filomena and the cold wave had on Andalusia's countryside. Eastern Andalusia has been hit the hardest, the…

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement

RCEP to help Vietnamese growers expand into global markets

Experts have expressed the hope that the recently-signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement will create opportunities for Vietnam’s agricultural…

Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization - MYANTRADE nl.linkedin.com

Myanmar Trade Centre to open in Singapore

The Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization (MYANTRADE) was officially launched on 1st April 2016, aimed at placing Myanmar as a competitive nation in the regional trade arena by…

Russian Federation extends food import ban for another year

President Putin recently signed a decree extending Russia’s ban on import of agricultural products from countries that applied economic sanctions against Russia until the end…

European retailers might have to alter supply chains Post-Brexit

European retailers may have to adapt their supply chains as a result of the Brexit trade deal, requiring extra investments and expenses. According to Fitch Ratings, a provider…

South African agriculture to be strengthened by Israeli technology

While the global agriculture sector is trying its best to produce enough food for the world’s rapidly growing population, there is great concern that the food value chain…

Prices of Turkish tomatoes down in Ukraine

After the New Year, prices of imported tomatoes from Turkey have dropped rapidly in Ukraine. The main reason for this was the accumulation of a large number of unsold produce…

USDA

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

'Mexican blueberry prices up this week - moderate to active trading'

Asparagus shipments out of Peru remain light as delays continue for arrivals at ports on both coasts. Trading is active at much higher prices due to light supplies on the spot market, with most sales from previous commitments. Mexico production remains very light, but volume is expected to begin…

"We expect to start harvesting in the first or second week of February with the best Brix level"

Strong demand for popular Australian table grape brand despite early season challenges

A Victorian table grape producer admits that it may be a challenging season after some unfavourable weather conditions over the past few weeks and the labour shortage situation - but there are also plenty of opportunities created by the demand. Budou Farms will continue to supply Japan and Hong Kong,…

Striving to prevent food shortages because of Brexit

‘Emergency’ measure planned at UK ports

Empty trucks crossing the Channel to restock will be allowed to skip queues at key ports, as government concerns that the disruptions are set to worsen are mounting. Up to 300…

Casablanca wholesale market's fruit and vegetable prices

This is an overview of weekly wholesale prices. These are for the most sold fruit and vegetables on Morocco's Casablanca wholesale market. They're minimum and maximum wholesale prices in Moroccan dirhams per kg. There are 38 fruit and vegetable wholesale markets in Morocco. Of these, Casablanca is the…

Restructuring at traditional Düsseldorf company C. Kotz

"We want to continue to assert ourselves on the market by means of premium quality"

At the turn of the year, a restructuring was completed at the Düsseldorf-based wholesale company Christoph Kotz oHG. The long-standing shareholder and driving force behind the wholesale company, Christoph Kotz, retired from the company. He handed over the business shares to his long-time business partner…

BLE- Market report week 01 / 21:

'Holstein Cox and Cox Orange increasingly disappearing from the range'

Local apples obviously dominated the scene. More than any others, Elstar, Jonagold, Boskoop and Braeburn were available. Holstein Cox and Cox Orange increasingly disappeared from the range. Italy primarily participated with Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Pink Lady. Pink Lady and Jazz were the main…

Thomas Stütz, Früchte Braun LLC:

"Even if the weather in Spain improves, we will feel the aftermath for a while"

The sudden onset of winter in Spain is currently having a far-reaching impact on the European market. With temperatures well below freezing, vegetable farmers are currently suffering and that means supply problems in Germany, too. "It is a bit chaotic in Spain at the moment," says Thomas Stütz of Früchte…

Department of Agriculture forecast

Philippines will have a 79-day vegetable supply shortfall in 2021

The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines forecasts a supply shortfall at about 434,840 tons in the next 79 days. Data presented by the DA on Thursday showed it…

Pakistan: Sindh province seeks federal ban on tomato import and opening up of onion exports

The government of Sindh  province has wrote a letter to the federal government seeking a ban on the import of tomatoes, while demanding action for opening up the export of onions.…

Nigeria: Price of tomatoes drops in Enugu major markets

The prices of tomatoes have dropped markedly in major markets in Enugu metropolis. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) market survey shows that a big basket of UTC specie of the…

Jammu-Srinagar road blockage causes scarcity of essential commodities in Kashmir

Stocks of many essential commodities and food items in Kashmir, particularly in Srinagar, are running low as the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained closed for the fourth…

January 20-23

Everything's ready for the Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal 2021

The Portuguese agri-food sector will hold the Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal from January 20 to 23, an online event that will put Portuguese producers and exporters in…

Sakata Seed America increases food bank donations

Through its Woodland Innovation Center, Sakata Seed America significantly increased its volume of fresh produce donations to the Yolo Food Bank in Woodland, CA. Sakata Seed America increased its food bank donations in 2020. “Sakata Seed has been an amazing partner,” says Aliyah Moreno, Yolo Grown program…

Washington growers concerned over state’s COVID-19 labor rules

Following a year where growers and shippers consistently contended with serious labour shortages, in Washington State, agricultural groups are appealing recently renewed state COVID-19 emergency rules for 2021. The groups say the rules are triggering another labor shortage that could force many farms out…

India: Western Railway to transport fruits from South Gujarat

The Western Railway will start transporting fruits and vegetables from the region of South Gujarat to various parts of the country in special coaches, starting on January 15.…

Kenya specialist Stella Rasmussen on the current situation

"Closure of gastronomy sector and high air freight charges affect Kenyan fruit exports"

The Kenyan export industry was brought to a substantial standstill in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Due to the lack of air freight capacity and correspondingly high freight charges, there were extraordinary price increases and a tight supply situation. The closure of catering outlets in many European…

Hamburg wholesale market: Increased demand for regional vegetables

"Fresh produce supply secure, even under current conditions"

Despite Corona, tons of fruit and vegetables continue to be handled at the Hamburg wholesale market. "The supply of fresh goods is assured, even under current conditions," states wholesale market manager Eliane Steinmeyer. Despite all the challenges of the past months, the wholesale market has not had to…

US retail sales report

2020: A year like no other for the produce department

November and December sales were dominated by the holidays along with the consumers’ response to rapidly rising new Covid-19 cases across many states. Some states and cities enacted renewed shelter-in-place mandates which impacted grocery retailing in many ways. In December, consumers’ trip frequency…

PMA virtual town hall

How to build a culture of inclusivity in the workplace

This week’s virtual town hall discussed inclusive leadership, and how to leverage diversity and inclusion in your business for success. Doug Bohr, PMA’s Executive Director of Center of Growing Talent, says: “In today’s rapidly changing world, attracting and engaging talent with diverse perspectives,…

InVivo considers acquisition of French agribusiness Soufflet

Yesterday, Cooperative group InVivo issued a statement saying that it has entered exclusive talks to acquire family-controlled Soufflet. Should these talks be fruitful, the…

Russia still main market for Turkish fruits and vegetables in 2020

According to the Head of the Association of Exporters of Vegetables and Fruits of Istanbul, Melisa Tokgez Mutlu, Turkey has set a new record in the exports of fresh vegetables…

Ethiopia increases focus on horticulture sector competitiveness

Ethiopia has a great opportunity for horticulture development due to its favorable climatic conditions, fertile soils, huge irrigation potential and affordable manpower. The…

United Fresh conference to feature bestselling author as keynote speaker

United Fresh’s sixth annual BrandStorm™ event will take place online March 9-11, 2021. Hosted virtually this year, the event will open with a keynote from Lindsay Pedersen,…

Morocco: Wholesale fruit and vegetable prices for Casablanca market

This is an overview of the weekly wholesale prices for the most commonly sold fruit and vegetable products in the wholesale market in Casablanca, Morocco. These are minimum and maximum selling prices in dirhams per kg. Of the 38 wholesale fruit and vegetable markets in Morocco, the Casablanca market is…

The very low product supply translates into a rise in prices

Threat of shortages on fruit and veg markets due to the intense cold in Spain

Agricultural producers and companies in the fruit and vegetable sector in the Spanish provinces of Almería and Granada are not having a moment of truce. Due to storm Filomena, record minimum temperatures are being recorded across Spain; also in the south. Rain and snow have been falling incessantly…

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere, Belgium

“The coming weeks will be tough for Spanish vegetables and citrus”

The extreme winter weather in Spain isn't problematic for only that country. It's affecting Belgium too. According to Cédric Geens of W. Jonckheere, it's simple. "We're very dependent on Spanish agriculture in both summer and winter. You don't have to be a genius to see that there will be major problems…

Spain's fresh fruit and vegetable exports in 2020: fewer kgs, more euros

The upward trend in Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports didn't continue last year. At least not when it came to volume. In 2020, Spain exported 12.8 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables. That's four percent less than in the record 2019 year. Spanish fruit exports actually shrank by seven…

Brexit not causing problems to fresh produce sales

"Apart for a few more bureaucratic steps, there are no particular problems when it comes to the sale and delivery of produce to Great Britain. It is just like selling in Norway and Switzerland - a few more documents are needed, but there are no duties," reports Mirco Zanelli, sales manager at Apofruit…

Christian Kieslinger, Früchte Feldbrach München:

"We are just as affected as the restaurateurs"

The pandemic has put the catering industry in particular in dire straits. The future of an industry that last turned over 80 billion euros in Germany in 2019 will probably be at stake. Inevitably, this will also affect fresh food traders at local wholesale markets, such as the Munich-based fruit…

Reaching record high in 2020 during pandemic

South Korean agricultural exports up 7.7%

South Korea's agricultural exports grew 7.7 percent on-year in 2020 on the back of growing demand for healthier foodstuffs amid the pandemic. According to the data compiled by…

Hebei Province, Northern China

Closed-off cities have 'sufficient' supplies of fresh products

The cities of Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang in North China's Hebei Province will be under closed-off management, officials from Hebei Province said at a press conference…

Oman publishes list of VAT zero-rated items

Many more details have published on the range of food products that have been zero-rated for Value Added Tax, which is due to come into force in the Sultanate with effect from…

Healthy eaters focus on mangos, melons and mushrooms

Central England Co-op releases data on 2021 spending habits

This January, many people across Norfolk and Suffolk are taking part in ‘Dry January’ and/or ‘Veganuary’, which has resulted in some interesting food and drink purchases. New…

Azerbaijan to export tomatoes to Persian Gulf and EU

The Azerbaijani Economy Ministry Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) has organized an online meeting with entrepreneurs operating in the field of tomato…

Tridge report takes in-depth look at 2021 agri industry

Tridge, a global sourcing hub concerned with cross-border trade, has released its latest report on the most significant events within the agri industry for 2020. It includes…

Namibian horticulture sector flourishes

In 2002 the Namibian government -partnering with the Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB)- embarked on the National Horticulture Development Initiative. Its primary objective was to…

Due to to declining imports from China:

Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports drop to 3.2 billion in 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) reports that Vietnam earned 3.26 billion USD from exporting fruit and vegetables in 2020. This is a drop of 13 percent…

Some stores start to run low on fruit and vegetables

UK supermarkets affected by Brexit port chaos and staff shortages

On some supermarket fruit and vegetable shelves, there are signs of shortages amid warnings that supplies are being squeezed by Brexit red tape at ports. Unfortunately, this is exacerbated by Covid-related staff shortages at food producers. On Tesco’s website, lettuce, cauliflower packs, oranges,…

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

For many commodities, lower supplies at this time seem to moderate prices and demand

The holiday season has ended and the associated demand for certain types of produce has passed, even as several growing areas will end their harvest seasons or face seasonal gaps in production. As closures and restrictions still affect schools, restaurants, and other public dining venues, it is likely…

Innovation Norway ups €7 million fruit and vegetable grants to €12 million in 2021

Innovation Norway (Innovasjon Norge) is a state-owned company. It grants annual subsidies to Norwegian provinces. This year, it's made some €60 million (NOK 622 million)…

Among all regional neighbors

Iraq is number one export destination for Iran

The total value of Iran's exports to Iraq in the first nine months of the current Iranian year (March 21-December 20, 2020) amounted to 20 million tons (worth $5.9 billion),…

Zimbabwe

New fruit and vegetable venture to shake up Bulawayo market

Eyethu Fruit and Veg is a new fruit and vegetable venture that has been established in Bulawayo. Its goal is to shake up the local market, challenging the traditional players in the sector. While markets for horticultural products have traditionally been based in the city with scores of vendors thronging…

Empty produce shelves predominantly due to Spanish veg shortage

There have been reports in the UK’s national media about empty produce shelves at the supermarkets, which they say are caused by Brexit but this may not be the full story.…

Freshfel Europe Consumption Monitor shows 4% increase in EU fresh fruit and vegetable consumption

Today Freshfel Europe published its 2020 Consumption Monitor, the Association’s analysis for fresh fruit and vegetables production, trade and consumption trends in the EU-28.…

Stephan Schilling, Divimove LLC:

"Fruit and vegetable retailers need to take off their marketing blinders"

Fruits and vegetables are staple foods, so some people might think that there is no need to invest in marketing for this product group. In fact, there is still a lot that can be done to increase the consumption of healthy foods even further. We spoke to Stephan Schilling, Head of PR & Communications at…

Pakistan farmers' lobbying group calls for protests against tomato & onion imports

The Sindh Abadgar Ittehad is a Pakistani farmers' lobbying group. On January 14, the group has put out a call for starting province-wide protests against the import of…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.86: 30% rise 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. All prices are in pounds (£) per kg. The current average week prices…

Fruit consumer price index at 10-year high

The Wageningen University and Research Food Price Monitor figures have been updated to include October 2020. Fruit price indexWith an index value of 119,5 (100 in 2015), October's fruit prices are remarkably high. Vegetable prices rose in that month too. But, over ten years, these fluctuated more.…

Azerbaijani president Aliyev:

‘Recent ban on tomato exports to Russia was very unexpected’

In a recent meeting, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, stated that the recent Russian ban on tomato exports was very unexpected. En.trend.az reported…

Paul Demyttenaere, REO Veiling

"Despite COVID we are ending 2020 with 207 million Euro turnover"

Despite the corona crisis, REO Veiling will close the year 2020 with an annual turnover of 207 million Euro. “This means a decrease in turnover of 0.4% compared to the record year 2019, but we are still at the right level. In addition, it is important that we see further volume growth of approximately…

Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre

Australian tree crop severe weather app successfully tracks its first tropical cyclone in North Queensland

A new Australian tree crop weather monitoring app has been able to track its first major weather event since launching. The Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre (AARSC) at the University of New England launched its "Australian Tree Crop Map: Severe Weather App" last year, which covers the growing…

Anton Kruger – Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum

20 years of representing South African fruit to the world

The Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum turned twenty last year and CEO Anton Kruger talked to FreshPlaza about the organisation which, since he joined it nine years ago, has grown by 60% and represents 90% of South Africa’s fresh exports. “I suspect we’re doing something right,” he says. “When I joined the…

Update on the state of the horticulture Industry

Kenya: "More earnings, but huge proportion of it went to the payment of air freights"

Horticulture is the third largest foreign exchange earner and has undergone a transformation over the last 50 years garnering around 150 billion annually and contributes significantly to the Kenyan economy. The industry provides employment opportunities to about 350,000 directly and supports over six…

Peru extends ban on the entry of transgenic products until 2035

The Peruvian Congress promulgated Law No. 31111 on Wednesday, January 6, which extends the ban on the entry and production of transgenic products in the country by 15 more…

Pakistan exports fruits worth $138.9 mln and vegetables worth $77.2 mln in five months

Pakistan earned $138.891 million by exporting about 228,648 tons of fruits during first five months of the current financial year as compared the exports of 213,411 tons -at…

January-November 2020: Azerbaijani tomato exports up

Azerbaijan increased its tomato exports by 13.3 percent during the period January to November 2020. In this period, Azerbaijan exported 176,000 tons of tomatoes worth $190.4…

Cambodian Ministry of Commerce signs MoU with Japanese agri-firm

On January 6, Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Yamato Green Co Ltd, focusing on the development of  value chains for agribusiness products. Yamato Green has had relative success in growing safe vegetables in Battambang and Mondulkiri provinces. The MoU was a…

Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA)

Uganda: NARO receives Sh5.4 billion in South Korean assistance

Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) has received about Sh5.4 billion for implementing three agricultural projects that are focusing on enhancing the…

BE CLIMATE supports Veganuary 2021

New year, new opportunities: By supporting Veganuary, BE CLIMATE will send out another signal for climate protection and draw the public’s attention to the advantages of a vegan lifestyle. Well-known companies such as Aldi, Lidl, Dr. Oetker, Frosta and Rossmann alsoparticipate in Veganuary and, at the…

£1 mln facility provides fresh funding for East Yorkshire food wholesaler

East Yorkshire independent fresh food wholesaler Tuber Produce has renewed its funding facility worth £1 mln from Bibby Financial Services (BFS) for a further 18 months. This…

Nigeria sees drop in tomato prices - markets witness supply glut

Tomato sellers in Enugu, the capital of Enugu State in Nigeria, attribute the current drop in the price of their produce to seasonal factors, as markets witness a glut of the…

Jordanian fruit and vegetable traders call on government to extend export exemptions

Growers and exporters of fruit and vegetables have called on the Jordanian government to urgently approve the extension of exemption of fees imposed on produce intended for…

Red Tractor to enforce stricter standards from November 2021

Red Tractor chief executive Jim Moseley issued a statement saying further change was needed to keep up with consumer expectations. He announced plans for a fifth major upgrade…

Tasmania: Expected arrival of harvest workers from Vanuatu

Fruit Growers Tasmania has welcomed the imminent arrival of harvest workers from Vanuatu, as well as the end of quarantine for previous arrivals from Tonga.Coming to Australia…

Enabled through combined efforts of APEDA and state officials

Eastern Uttar Pradesh: Fruit and vegetable exports branched out amid COVID crisis

As many Indian vegetable growers were facing losses due to dip in prices of their produce in local markets during the pandemic, some of them made inroads into foreign markets…

Rudrapur, State of Uttarakhand

Mandi Samiti might open mini wholesale markets

The Dehradun Mandi Samiti will present its proposal to open mini wholesale markets for fruits and vegetables in the city in the upcoming board meeting of Uttarakhand…

Russia and Kazakhstan are leading importers of Uzbekistan’s fruits & vegetables

According to data from the first 11 months of 2020, Russia remains the largest consumer of Uzbek vegetables and fruits in value terms. According to the State Statistics…

COEXPHAL continues to work to streamline the administrative procedures of its exporters

Almeria's producers happy with post-Brexit agreement

The Association of Organizations of Fruit and Vegetable Producers of Almería, COEXPHAL, is happy with the agreement reached for post-Brexit commercial relations between the…

Spanish fruit and veg exports worth 14,200 million Euro in 2020

Despite the challenges in 2020, the Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables has grown by 5% in terms of value, reaching a total of 14,200 million Euro, while the volume…

DBV Situation Report 2019/20:

Market power of the food trade is truly great

Food retailing in Germany is the largest sales channel for German food manufacturers. It achieved sales -including non-foodstuffs- of €252.7 billion in 2019. This is 2.0% more than in the previous year, according to the current situation report from the DBV. The food sector included in this number rose…

Roland Wirth, FRIGOTEC Kälte- und Verfahrenstechnik LLC:

"Softripe is more than an alternative to coating processes"

A truly extraordinary year has drawn to a close. In many places, companies are looking back on a turbulent year, in which the COVID pandemic has brought many challenges. For FRIGOTEC Kälte- und Verfahrenstechnik, the year nevertheless ended successfully. Managing Director Roland Wirth is upbeat about the…

Oman: Main vegetable and fruit market to reopen

The Muscat Municipality has announced that Oman’s main vegetable and fruit market, Central Market, located in Mabela, will reopen today. The market has remained shut for many…

Moroccan exporters speak of Russian protectionism

Morocco examines local exporters due to Russian tomato ban

Morocco’s National Food Safety Office (ONSSA) has stepped up the monitoring of Moroccan tomato exporters, attempting to overcome an ongoing Russian ban. Russia imposed a ban…

Ghana-UK statements on Continuity Trade Agreement

Ghana intent on affirming Post-Brexit trade deal with UK

The first consignment of Ghanaian shipments to the UK to encounter post-Brexit tariffs docked at Portsmouth last night, including 185 tons of bananas. Because Britain and the…

Chile-UK Association Agreement enters into operation

As of January 1, with the UK having left the European Union, the Association Agreement between Chile and the United Kingdom has entered into operation. This instrument, which…

International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021

The FAO has just launched the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. Throughout 2021, several activities and events will be organized all over the world to raise…

Cambodia: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries shares 2020 export data

In 2020, Cambodia exported $4.037 billion in agricultural products, according to data from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The exports included rice,…

UK: Many orders were running 24 hours late on the first day of the new Brexit trade agreement

Traders at London’s wholesale fruit and vegetables market, New Spitalfields, said yesterday food had been getting through from the continent but that many orders were running…

South Africa: Food prices saw large jump in 2020

Recent research from the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group (PEJDG) shows that food prices rose by 17% over the course of 2020, going up faster than inflation for the year. In December 2020, the total price of a basket of food to feed a family in a month was at R4,002.42, marginally…

Horticultural products start to be traded in Carrefour hypermarkets

Rwanda horti export prospects positive after UAE deal

Rwanda’s horticultural products have started being traded in the Carrefour hypermarket thanks to a deal between the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) and…

Jointly building China's strongest fresh food supply chain system with JD

Chinese wholesale giant Dili Group gaining 798 million HKD investment

Dili Group, a Hong Kong listed company with a stock index of HK.01387, announced that JD Group has signed an agreement to purchase 478,067,066 shares of the Group, at a total…

AMIA - Crop Forecasts

Australian mangoes hit Christmas peak as many regions begin winding down crop harvests

The Australian mango industry experienced its December peak in the week leading into Christmas. National crop forecast figures, released by the Australian Mango Industry Association's (AMIA) weekly My Mango newsletter, showed that 412,000 (7 kilogram) trays were sent to market in the week ending December…

Andhra Pradesh plans big push for horticultural industry

The state government of Andhra Pradesh is planning to give a big boost to the horticulture crops in 2021 as the state is one of the leading producers of banana, mango, papaya,…


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