General fresh produce

Ontario didn’t consult with growers before planning changes to vegetable processing sector

Ontario’s processing vegetable industry says the Ford government did not consult with growers before it announced plans to overhaul the sector’s marketing and pricing system.…

Jet Airways debacle

Indian fruit & veg exporters feel the pressure as rates rise

The grounding of Jet Airways flights has affected export of fresh fruits and vegetables as the carrier had the highest capacity for cargo and accounted for 50% of exports from Mumbai to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Singapore. Emirates, which has the second highest capacity, consequently raised its rates…

Market prices, year-on-year

Nigeria: Average tomato and onion prices dropped in March 2019

Selected food price watch data for March 2019 reflected that the average price of 1kg of tomatoes decreased year-on-year by 10.03% and month-on-month by 6.32%, ending up at N240.29 (€0.60) in March 2019 from N256.50 (€0.64) in February 2018. Similarly, the average price of 1 kg of yam tuber decreased…

DTPH-60 : Promising tomato hybrid for protected cultivation

India is the second largest vegetable producer in the world - after China - with a total production of 180 million tonnes from an area of 10.4 million hectares with the…

Paul van Groningen (Green Food Iberica) looks ahead to Spanish stone fruit and melon season:

Spain: “First watermelons shipped, nectarines still scarce, peaches more widely available”

The Spanish summer fruit season has started again. “Last week, we started shipping nectarines and peaches, which is fairly early for the time of year. Growers are positive about the quality and expected volumes,” says Paul van Groningen of Green Food Iberica, which takes care of buying the Spanish…

BLE Market Report KW 15/2019:

Germany: 'France was dominating Italy in cauliflower supply'

France was dominating Italy regarding cauliflowers. The inflow had been limited, but sufficient to meet the demand. Demand was not particularly strong, so limited the availability did not generally affect the prices. These developed differently: they moved up in Munich and Cologne, which noticeably…

Fruit makes up 60-70% of produce exports

Why do Chinese companies choose fruit over vegetables?

There is a growing divide between fruit and vegetables when it comes to the Chinese import and export markets. DCF Produce Co., Ltd. is a specialized trade company with years of experience in import and export. DCF began exporting Chinese vegetables to Southeast Asian countries in 1988. They later added…

Belarus: Early spring crops sowing campaign nearly over

The general sowing of early leguminous crops is nearly finished, said Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Anatoly Khotko on 17 April, during the 5th export forum ‘Dairy…

USDA GAIN Report

"Czech vegetable prices hitting the roof"

The prices of some vegetables, especially potatoes, in the Czech Republic are increasing dramatically due to a significant drop in production. Consumers are paying almost 25% more for vegetables (including lettuce, peas, cucumbers etc.) and over 67% more for potatoes. At this point, some imported…

Brexit is having an impact on logistics

Spain: Slowdown and low profitability of fruit and veg shipments

The fruit and vegetable logistics market saw its development slow down and its profitability reduce at the end of last year. It has gone from increasing its sales by 8% two…

Republic of Georgia: Increased production of crops, vegetables & fruits in 2018

In 2018, the production of crops, vegetables and fruits increased in 2018 in Georgia, show the preliminary data of 2018 published by Georgia’s National Statistics Office Geostat. In this last year, Georgia produced 218,100 tons potato (+21.1%) In that same year, production of top fruit amounted to 86,200…

Egypt's parliament trying to intervene

Egyptian commodities still absent in Sudan, despite ban being lifted

With the aim of allowing Egyptian commodities into the Sudanese market, Egypt's parliament is now trying to put pressure on Sudan. Though Sudan's ousted President Omar…

Certainly with tomatoes and capsicums

Bowen-Gumlu growers feed nation of Australia

The Bowen-Gumlu region produces up to 90 per cent of all of tomatoes and capsicums needed for the Australian market during September and October, and harvest is soon to commence. While dry conditions in the major southern tomato growing region of Stanthorpe saw a shortage of the fruit over summer,…

Peruvian fruit and veg exports increased by 9% in value in January and February

According to the Association of Agricultural Producers' Guilds of Peru (AGAP), Peruvian agricultural exports in the first two months of the year amounted to US $ 1.118…

Argentina, Mexico, Chile or Peru have gained a foothold in the Russian market

Spain: Asaja Murcia wants to recover horticultural trade with Russia

The professional agricultural organization Asaja Murcia has asked the Government of Spain and the European Union to work in the reopening of the Russian market to Spanish…

AU: AHEIA pleased that government focus has turned to horticulture exports

The Australian Horticulture Exporter's and Importers' Association has welcomed the Federal Coalition Government's multi-million-dollar commitment to growing horticulture exports, provided in this month's budget. A total of $29.4 million worth of measures were announced, to target agricultural sectors…

Ukraine does not expect tomato prices to drop soon

At the moment, prices for tomatoes in Ukraine are on average 40% higher than last year. Furthermore, there are no prerequisites for a significant reduction in the cost of…

Hoping to boost agricultural production

Zambian government want to partner with China

According to a senior government official, Chinese investments in Zambia's agricultural sector will enhance technology adoption in the country's farming industry, which will…

USDA ERS Special Outlook

US growers harvest an increasing amount of organic tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes have remained a staple in American kitchens even as consumer tastes and preferences evolve. For example, producers have responded to consumer demand for more organic produce by cultivating more organic tomatoes. From 2008 to 2011, consumer price sensitivity coupled with the higher price of…

Kazakhstan: Huge consumer of processed fruits and vegetables

Kazakhstan, in the heart of Central Asia and strategically connected with Europe and Asia, is a market largely untapped by the Philippines. As an export partner, Kazakhstan…

Survey unearths ‘shopper frustration’

Growth in UK online grocery sales slowing down

In the UK, the growth in online grocery shopping is slowing. It is slowing amid consumer frustration about order problems and delivery charges, figures suggest. The number of Britons who shopped online for groceries dropped from 49% to 45% between 2016 and 2018, with 63% saying they had experienced an…

Ellen & Nathalie Sebrechts, Sebrechts Groenten & Fruit

Belgium: “Every year, strawberries and asparagus are the top products for Easter”

“It’s currently the Easter holidays in Belgium, and combined with the low temperatures, this has resulted in slightly slower sales. It’s expected proper Easter sales will start in the middle of this week. The top products for Easter are strawberries and asparagus, just like last year. Prices for both…

Lulu launching ‘Festival of Premium Qatari Vegetables’

Under the patronage of the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment, a festival of local vegetables under title ‘The Festival of Premium Qatari Vegetables and Qatar Farms’ opened at Lulu Hypermarkets. The inaugural ceremony held at Lulu Hypermarket, Al Gharafa, was attended by Sheikh Dr Faleh bin…

Zimbabwe: Exports to UK up 276 percent

Zimbabwe’s exports to the UK have increased by 276 percent to US$112 million in 2018 from US$30 million in 2012. This was reported by ZimTrade, that also mentioned how Harare…

Potatoes, vegetables and daffodils

UK: Revenues have topped £25m at Puffin Produce

Haverfordwest-based potato, vegetable and flower specialist Puffin Produce has seen its revenues topped £25m. The board is very excited for future growth opportunities. Puffin…

“Visit of buyers organized by Saint-Charles Export”

Member companies of Saint-Charles Export participated, with the assistance of the Occitania region, in a reception for international buyers. The choice of the period allows for a visit to the productions of the department and for a discussion of the upcoming stone fruit season. Buyers could also admire…

Stable demand for imported tomatoes in Germany

"Demand for large calibers was very high this year"

The market share of imported tomatoes in the German market has remained almost the same in recent years. There were no significant ups or downs, although over the last three years there has been a steady decline of about 10,000 tons per year. In the last 5 years, quantities have always come out at…

Imports are taking up a great share of US produce consumption

For some people, it seems like the fresh fruits and vegetables they're buying are more commonly featuring a sticker with a country of origin other than the United States. And these people are right. While farmers' markets have exploded in popularity, along with the farm-to-table social movement promoting…

Qatar Farms Program results in sales of over 4,000 tons of vegetables

Yusuf Khalid Al Khulaifi, Director of Agriculture Affairs Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), has said that ‘Qatar Farms Program’ has emerged as…

Turkish tomato exports to Russia rise fivefold in first quarter

Between January and March 2019, Turkey's tomato exports to Russia reached $47.52 million, up by 411 percent compared to the same period last year. According to information…

Fruit and vegetable exports from Pakistan need attention

Pakistan is exporting a greater quantity of fruits and vegetables, but forex gains remain limited. The reason is it is not investing in those technologies that are a must for enhancing outputs and improving quality of exports. Also the efforts to reach out to new export markets need an impetus. In eight…

Kenya’s Twiga Foods set to expand to markets of Dar, Lagos and Addis Ababa

Twiga Foods Ltd is looking to expand to other African cities following its success in Nairobi. It will first move to East African cities such as Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa. Thereafter, it plans to enter Africa’s most populous city, Lagos. The move to Lagos is mostly precipitated by the fact that the…

Dr. John Isemede:

“Nigerian produce still not accepted globally”

Despite concerted efforts by the government towards weening the nation’s economy from the oil-sector and turning to agriculture, local agro produce has continued to suffer rejections from the international market. According to Dr. John Isemede, an expert in export and international markets, it is…

Vietnam: CPTPP should help to export more to Australia

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, Director of the WTO Integration Centre of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), stated that Vietnamese enterprises need to take advantage…

India: Maharashtra APMC’s income down 50%

A drop in onion prices has led to a 50% drop in income of the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) in the Nashik district, one of the main onion producing belts in…

Biosecurity NZ cracks down on unauthorised cargo facilities

The discovery of fruit flies sparked a biosecurity operation on Auckland's North Shore. Also, the biosecurity processes were subjected to an intense review. New Zealand biosecurity authorities are toughening up on unscrupulous cargo facilities, in an effort to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the…

Malta: Fruitland has its eye on summer fruit

At Fruitland Company Ltd, preparations are well under way to ensure that the Maltese market is supplied with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables during the hot summer…

Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area - benefits

Georgia-EU trade turnover is up 17.7% in 2018

Trade turnover between Georgia and the EU have increased by 17.7% in comparison to 2017, reaching $3.35 billion in 2018, much in part thanks to the Deep and Comprehensive Free…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market Report Fruits and Vegetables, March 2019

Austrian apple prices have risen slightly

Austrian apple prices have risen slightly The wholesale prices of the main varieties Golden Delicious and Gala were able to hold their own as measured against the previous…

AU: '#eatqld' campaign encourages support for North Queensland growers after flooding

A social media campaign is encouraging consumers to support North Queensland farmers and food producers by buying local produce, after many faced challenges throughout the summer. It is hoped that the campaign would be a shot in the arm for local producers who were recovering from the recent flood…

Home-grown fruits and vegetables are the future

A Belgian architect, specialized in self-sufficiency, created an entirely cultivable and cultivated city. With this, we almost won’t need to go to the supermarket anymore to…

Saudi-Arabia: Haseel raises investment for mobile-only fruit and veg platform

Haseel, a Riyadh-based mobile-only fresh fruits and vegetables ecommerce platform, has raised an undisclosed sum of investment in a round led by Riyadh Taqnia Fund and joined by Vision Ventures and 500 Startups. A Riyadh-based information technology company Sure Technologies that itself had raised an…

Australia: Government backs bumblebee pollination of Tasmanian tomatoes

The Australian government has agreed with a Senate committee recommendation to use Tasmania's feral bumblebee populations for a two-year trial for pollination purposes. The…

BLE-Market Report KW 14/19:

'Dutch cucumbers preeminent, Spanish deliveries are limited'

Regarding regular cucumbers, goods from the Netherlands were much more dominant that those from Belgium and Germany. The presence of Spanish goods was limited. Greece supplemented. The availability expanded overall. The accommodation could have been faster at certain points. In Munich, larger calibers…

Cyprus: Fruit and vegetable prices up with Easter approaching

On Cyprus, prices for local fruit and vegetables have risen steadily in recent weeks. President of the Cyprus Association of Green Grocers, Polykarpos Kattasis, has stated…

Vietnam: Tien Giang province enjoys rising fruit exports

The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang exported more than 10,000 tons of fruits and vegetables for more than USD 17 million in 2018, more than in the previous years in both…

Marco Kübler, Fruchtgarten Bayreuth GmbH:

"Asian kitchens are an interesting growth market for us"

In Upper Franconian Bayreuth, since about two years there has been a new wholesale company with a focus on gastronomy. In addition to the wide range of fruit and vegetables, rice, dried goods and various additional products are also supplied to regional restaurateurs of all kinds. Owner Marco Kübler sees…

Kenyans reject Uhuru’s deal with Mauritius on avocados

The news that Mauritius had lifted a ban on Kenyan avocados has not been well received by the Kenyan online community. Kenyans online have lamented that they are already grappling with a decrease in production of their “dear avocados” and did not want a trade deal involving these. The government of…

Photo report of largest CPMA trade show in Montreal’s history

Last week, the annual trade show from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) took place in Montreal, Quebec. The event attracted over 300 exhibitors and about 4,000 attendees to Canada’s second oldest city. Canada’s largest produce show rotates between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver and this…

GFI Deutsche Frischemärkte e.V. on a three-day study trip in Lisbon

"Traditions and trends“

On Wednesday, a GFI delegation from around 25 wholesale and weekly market managers starts their annual study trip to the metropolitan cities of Europe. After London 2016, Madrid 2017 and Athens 2018, this year Lisbon is the destination. "An exciting time full of new impressions and experiences is once again in front of us",…

Symposium on plant-based nutrition to be held in Los Angeles

Wonderful® Pistachios announced it will host the first Plant-Based Nutrition Leadership Symposium™ April 15-16, 2019 in Los Angeles. The event is a two-day immersion into…

China strengthens inspections of fruit and veg from Vietnam

The Bureau of Agricultural Product Processing and Market Development in the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed that the value of Vietnamese…

Odeum Produce targets horticulture opportunities in Australia

If investment growth plans by one of the State's major produce suppliers take hold, consumers could enjoy more variety of locally-grown fresh fruit and vegetables over a longer season. Vertically-integrated retail chain and food service fresh produce supplier, markets wholesaler, exporter, importer and…

AU: Gippsland to launch new awards to promote and reward the regional agribusiness sector

The Gippsland region is looking to further strengthen itself as one of the leaders in the Australian agriculture sector, with the launch of the inaugural Excellence in Agribusiness Awards at this week's Farm World. The idea was the brainchild of Kate Gunn, who is Coordinator of Agribusiness Promotions…

Azerbaijan introduces new duties on food exports

Azerbaijan’s Ministries of Economy and of Agriculture of have issued a joint statement on the rise in prices of some vegetable products. In connection with the rise in prices…

Mitchell van der Geugten, Jami Trading:

"Christmas and summer are peak times for Kenyan vegetables"

In 2017 Mitchell van der Geugten started Jami Trading, specialised in the import of Kenyan green beans, pods and sugar snaps. "We wanted to mainly focus on the beans, but it's moving a lot faster than we expected. We have now expanded the assortment with passion fruit and baby sweetcorn, among others."…

Port of Coronel: ideal for the export of fruit products

Chile: Biobio has great potential thanks to its logistics

The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, recently visited the Biobio region to participate in the official launch of interoperability between the Interconnected System of…

Grupo Agroponiente

Super Food from discarded fruit & vegetables

A consortium led by Grupo Agroponiente, working in association with the universities of Granada & Seville, is studying how to develop improved fortified foods that are also healthier, using vegetables and fruit that are usually discarded due to size standards. The project, named ‘Naturpick’, was set…

Kenya: Food prices in Nyeri soar as drought continues

Prices of fresh produce in Kenya’s Nyeri County have nearly doubled as the effects of drought continue to be felt in the region and in different parts of the country. Farmers have reduced their supplies to the markets as production has declined. At Chaka market, majority of the traders do not have…

The rise of products without pesticide residues

In recent years, products without pesticide residues have appeared on supermarket shelves. This alternative between organic and conventional products has been on an upward…

Israel: Vegetable prices exceptionally high for Passover

Imports have been introduced but it will take months for the shortages to be eliminated, the Ministry of Agriculture reports. Prices of tomatoes and cucumbers are rising…

Bhutan: Hailstorm destroys crops in Trongsa and Yangtse

A severe hailstorm on Tuesday, that lasted for about an hour, covered Changrey and Drakteng in white. The storm destroyed all the chili saplings, buckwheat, cardamom, maize, potatoes and oranges in the area. The farm road in the area was also affected. Every household in Changrey cultivated acres of…

Artichokes: good productions from Tuscany and Sardinia

The wholesale market for artichokes has fluctuating prices depending on origin and quality. Those that sell the most are originally from Tuscany. The wholesaler Tazio Zavaglia adds: "Tuscan artichokes are of high quality and the perfect ones cost 80 cents per piece. They are among the tenderest on the…

Italy: Exports to Germany remain important to Apofruit

Germany was confirmed as Apofruit's main market for exports. As reported by sales manager Mirco Zanelli, 30% of the company's produce destined to exports reaches Germany. "The most sold products to the German retail chain in 2018 were apples (6500 tons), peaches and nectarines (2000 tons), grapes (1500…

Spain is the number one importer of Moroccan fruit

In the past five years, the value of fruit and vegetable exports from Morocco has almost doubled, from 1,174.67 million Euro in 2014 to 2,079.38 million in 2018. Spain has…

Spain: Horticultural retail prices were 4.5 times greater than at origin in March

The price paid by consumers for food in March was 4.5 times higher than that received by growers, according to data from the Spanish agricultural organization COAG. The price…

India: Drought in Maharashtra causes vegetable price hike

High temperatures are taking a toll on various districts of Maharashtra, and the prices for vegetables saw increases. In Mumbai, the prices of greens like coriander and spinach have increased by 20 per cent. Sellers say that a further increase is expected in the coming days. Agriculture experts have…

Tunisia: fruit exports soar 133%

In the current season -January 2 to April 3- Tunisia’s fruit exports have soared 133%, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. Revenues from fruit exports grew 49%…

Australian vegetable export data shows strong growth

Australian vegetable exports rose by more than 15 percent last year, mainly due to strong international demand. Back home though, retailers and consumers are reporting higher prices than normal for vegetables at the store level. The export figures, recently released by Ausveg, show fresh vegetable…

Iran: Tomato prices double overnight as export ban is lifted

According to official news outlet IRNA, tomato prices have doubled in two days after the Iranian government lifted the export ban. In recent weeks, other vegetables, such as…

UK: Redevelopment Hull's Fruit Market green-lighted

The latest phase of redevelopment at Hull's Fruit Market has been given the green light. The £22 mln scheme from developer Wykeland Beal, which includes a 350 space multi-storey car park, 34 residential units and 3,000 ft 2 of retail/leisure space, was approved by Hull City Council's Planning Committee…

Minister: Onion imports to be exempted from duties in Azerbaijan

The import of onions will be exempted from duties in Azerbaijan, and duties will be imposed on the export of cabbages, onions and potatoes, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy…

BLE-Market Report KW 13/19:

'German Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop remained dominant in the market'

The market was dominated by German apples, especially Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious were mainly coming in from Italy. France mainly sent over Granny Smiths and Pink Ladies. Here and there Dutch and Belgian products became more prominent, but more often these only had a…

Hans Peter Deutschmann, Karl Klees GmbH Düsseldorf:

"Last Spanish oranges of the season have a fairly high sugar content"

On the citrus market, traders are in the final stages of the Spanish season at the moment. Many wholesalers and direct importers are now gradually switching to goods from other sources, but some still prefer the last lots, coming in from Spain. For the time being, shipments from the Iberian peninsula are…

‘Produce is already getting delayed at the border’

For decades, tons of fresh produce have passed through the McAllen Produce Terminal Market, a critical gateway connecting Mexican fruits and vegetables with US kitchens and restaurants. But that rapid flow of commerce is slowing down, as US Customs and Border Protection personnel get diverted to handle…

Iran: Police apprehends onion smugglers

Acting Police Chief of Hormozgan province, Colonel Abbasali Bekhdanifard has reported that two trucks with 20 tons of smuggled onions were seized in Minab county of ​​Iran's…

Dutch spend on soft fruit increased by 77% in five years

During his introductory speech of the general meeting for fruit trading of GroentenFruit Huis, chairperson of the Comité Fruit, Peter van Osch of Veiling Zaltbommel, first explained the export to new markets that were opened up in the past year, such as Brazil, China, India, Vietnam, Colombia and Mexico…

CPMA Montreal gets underway

Yesterday afternoon, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) kicked off its annual trade show and the event will continue today. The show is being held at Palais des Congrès in the old part of Montreal. Exhibitors as well as attendees enjoy traveling to the second oldest city in Canada with its little streets and…

Market Report Austria KW 14/2019:

'Imported goods supplement domestic potato supply - declining availability of onions'

The 2018/19 marketing season for table potatoes is slowly coming to an end. Although retailers are still offered smaller quantities of goods, the majority yet available comes…

Organic vegetables miss out on price rise following January heat

Vegetable growers, sellers and buyers across the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area have been hard hit by a loss of supplies due to the drought this year. In the mainstream fresh vegetable market. Mick Macedone, the owner of Broome's Fruit & Vegetables in Griffith, said his long time relationships with…

National Bureau of Statistics

Croatia’s mandarin orange production up 156%

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS) shows that Croatia’s mandarin orange production increased by 156% to 48,678 tons in 2018 from the previous year. Increases…

Online service also wants to deliver fruits and vegetables soon

Amazon Fresh is planning the move to fresh foods

To deliver fresh products in addition to dry goods; that was the next challenge, says Amazon's Germany boss Ralf Kleber. He sees potential in Amazon Fresh - although the…

Qatarat Agricultural Development Company

Qatar’s biggest vegetable producing firm plans expansion and eyes exports

The largest vegetable producing company in Qatar, Qatarat Agricultural Development Company (QADCO), is planning to expand its production by increasing the area under…

Welcome investment in infrastructure, skills and market access

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) welcomes the Government’s budget commitments to increase investment in infrastructure, skills and market access which will help to…

Brexit impacts Scottish grocery sales

Nielsen’s latest grocery figures seem to indicate that political uncertainty is seeping into consumer behaviour and causing people to spend more cautiously. For the four weeks until 23 February, Nielsen found that the average spend per visit had fallen from the same period last year, with consumers…

Price of greens in Ukraine rose by 19% in March

According to the price monitoring conducted by analysts EastFruit weekly , Ukrainian prices for fresh greens in March jumped by 19% immediately, despite the increase in average daily air temperatures and the beginning of sales of greenery produced in Ukraine from greenhouses in the southern regions of…

Indian States with highest and lowest vegetable production- last four years

The Agricultural Ministry annual report 2017-18 makes clear that India is a leader in production of vegetables like peas and okra. The country also occupies the second position in production of brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower and onion and third in potato and tomato in the world. “Vegetables are an…

Maharashtra estimates: Dip in fruit and veg production

The Indian farmers of Maharashtra have reasons to worry as the first advance estimates of the National Horticulture Board (NHB) revealed that the state may register a drop in its fruit and vegetable production in the 2018-19 crop year (July-June). Fruit production in the 2018-19 crop year is likely to…

Value grew by 26%

Spain: Fruit & veg imports rise by 11% in January

The Spanish import of fruits and vegetables in January 2019 grew by 11% in terms of volume and by 26% in terms of value compared to the same month of 2018, totaling 287,263…

Internationalization of producer structures through cooperation with FAKT AG

Landgard partnering to work on a European landmark project in Hungary

In the context of the planned Landmark project, producer organization Landgard is seeing possibilities to further the internationalization of its producer structures in Hungary. It concerns the first-hand procurement of goods for LEH/discount in Hungary, but export as well. Left to right: Thomas Schlich…

Fruitful cooperation between Elbefruit GmbH and Green Path Food

"Ethiopian organic avocados are an interesting niche product"

The Hamburg-based company ElbeFruit has been able to expand its existing product range this season. After the successful launch of high-quality legumes from Guatemala, this year the company made the step towards organic products. And the expectations are promising, explains company spokesman and sales…

2017 numbers

Daily consumption of fruit and vegetables in the EU

In 2017, around 1 in 4 people (27 %) ate fruit at least twice a day, according to a survey of the European Union (EU) population. A further 37 % of the EU population ate fruit once a day and the remaining 36 % ate fruit either less frequently or not at all during a typical week. Click here for a larger…

Vegetable prices skyrocket in major Indian markets

The two successive seasons of insufficient rainfall has worsened supply of horticulture crops in western Indian states including Maharashtra and Gujarat. This has resulted in a sharp increase in the prices of vegetables with some varieties disappearing from spot markets. While vegetable supply has…

Jordanian exports to Syria plummet after reopening of border

According to the President of the Jordan Chamber of Industry (JCI), Fathi Jaghbir, Jordan's industrial exports to Syria dropped by 70 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, despite the resumption of normal flow over the land border crossing between the two countries. Jaghbir stated that the Kingdom’s…

New Zealand: Growers upbeat about crop harvest

Harvest conditions for all main season crops have been exceptional; only squash has disappointed. Cedenco general manager Carla McCulloch said it had been one of the better…

Sesame Street characters help promote fruit and vegetable sales

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced a new collaboration with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), through the eat brighter!™ program that allows participating NACS retailer and supplier members to use Sesame Street character images to promote fruit and vegetable sales.…

Increasing cases of bacteria in IQF vegetables restraining market growth

The commercial advantage of keeping individually quick frozen (IQF) vegetables in stock continues to drive their demand among retailers, grocery stores and independent…

Rick Rebergen, Keelings Knowledge

Operational Excellence in the fruit and vegetable sector

Companies that trade in fresh products are, increasing, on the lookout for more innovative ways to remain competitive. They want to do so by lowering costs while maintaining…

Turkey: Fresh produce exporters look to hit 1 billion USD target

The Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association earned a total of 831 million USD (739,1 million Euro) in 2018. The target set for 2019 is 1 billion 50 million…

More than 3,000 tons of vegetables unsold in Kazakhstan

Vegetable producers East Kazakhstan are unable to sell more than 2,000 tons of potatoes, 735 tons of carrots and 630 tons of onions. A similar situation exists in neighboring Ust-Kamenogorsk, where over 14,000 tons of potatoes, 580 tons of carrots and 356 tons of onions remained in the warehouses.…

Berlin’s fresh food logistics start-up raises €10 million

Berlin-based fliit is setting out to make food logistics simple with its digital platform, which connects and aggregates transportation partners to manage fresh food logistics throughout Germany, while providing seamless digital documentation to its clients. The start-up has just raised €10 million in a…

“Detailed planning is very important for organic farmers"

In 2002, Biogaronne was created from an association of 13 organic producers and a commercial manager. Eighteen years later, the company works with 80 producers from the southwest of France and has a revenue of about 6 million euros [6.7 million USD]. Each year, it continues to grow by 15 to 20% but the…

Truck processing halted on Sunday - produce companies feeling the effects

Day after day, hundreds of trucks cross Arizona’s border with Mexico packed full of fresh produce. This could now be at risk. President Trump is giving Mexico one week to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the US, or else he’ll close off the border. The closing of the southern border with…

Spanish fruit and veg exports exceed €12,000 million

In 2018, Spanish fruit and vegetable exports amounted to 12,719 million euros, i.e. 0.2% less than in the previous year. However, this figure exceeds, for the third year in a…

AU: Research grant helps Brisbane produce company go global

A Brisbane-based producer will soon hopefully be conquering the Chinese market with funding from the Queensland Government to help undertake consumer research. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Perfection Fresh Pty Ltd at Rocklea was one of eight diverse food…

AU: Victoria stepping up the fight against Queensland Fruit Fly

The Victorian Government has opened the third round of the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program, to support growers, community groups and the horticulture industry in…

AU: NFF believes new future foods focus propels agriculture's $100 billion vision

Agriculture's goal to reach $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030 has been given a boost, according to the National Farmers' Federation, with the Government giving the…

Russia is the biggest customer for Turkey's fresh produce exports

In the first two months of 2019, Turkey exported 697 thousand 577 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables to 100 countries and earned 365 million 662 thousand USD (around 326…

Colusa County

US: Monitoring Southern Blight

After southern blight showed up in several tomato fields in the Sacramento Valley, researchers began work to quantify the spread and impact of the disease in annual rotations in the region. The…

Bulgaria: Fruit and veg export trends

Bulgarian fruit and vegetable producers have the privilege to be part of one of the largest and most solvent markets in the world – this of the EU. For already twelve years,…

Lidl: 'Too good to waste' fruit and vegetable boxes

Following a successful trial period, supermarket chain Lidl has announced it is rolling out its ‘Too Good To Waste’ fruit and vegetable boxes across all of its stores in Great Britain. The boxes, priced at £1.50 for 5kg, contain fruit and vegetables from the store shelves, which have become slightly…

Are fixed price corridors for goods the solution?

2018 was a bad year for fruit and vegetable farmers in the southwest

Climate change and minimum wages, too few harvest workers and fluctuating prices: Fruits and vegetable farmers in the southwest have many worries. They hope for a certain…

BLE-Market Report KW 12/19:

'Belgian butterhead lettuce and Spanish iceberg lettuce'

Regarding butterhead lettuce, Belgium dominated events, more so than Italy. Local shipments were exclusively sold in Munich, French ones only in Frankfurt. Iceberg lettuce came in from Spain. In both segments, availability had increased. As demand was subdued and accommodations sometimes were sluggish,…

Vegetable prices up 40 percent in Ankara in 2019

Vegetable prices in the Turkish capital of Ankara increased 40.11 percent in the first three months of the year, according to a report by Turkey's biggest trade union confederation. Türk-Iş said food prices in Ankara fell 0.73 percent in March, while increasing 21.13 percent on a year-on-year basis.…

'Twiga Foods'

Africa’s most senior Coca-Cola manager resigns to run Kenyan start-up

Peter Njonjo has left his job as Africa’s senior-most manager of the Coca-Cola company in order to run operations for Twiga Foods. Njonjo, a co-founder of th e start-up…

Bulgaria imported over 600,000 tons of fruit and veg in 2018

Bulgarians are eating more imported fruits and vegetables, and are also exporting their domestic produce, as shown by the latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture. In…

Statistical Institute of Belize

“Imports up by double digits in February”

According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), in the month of February, Belize’s export revenue went up by some 13.4 percent, a dollar value of over $3 million. The…

What gets measured (and analysed) gets managed

Going beyond quality inspection

New Zealand is known as a producer of high-quality horticultural produce. Exporters source these products from growers and packhouses but do not see individual lines prior to export. The task of independent quality inspection and assessment of the product falls to specialist assessors such as The AgriChain Centre. The AgriChain…

Early Adapter in the vegetable sector is constantly in search of something new and surprising

"Red Chinese cabbage is establishing itself at a rapid pace in the Stuttgart area"

In gastronomy, there are always new, trendy products, especially as far as fruits and vegetables are concerned. However, anyone has to recognize these trends first and try to place them in the market. Deniz Sever - owner of Miss Peppas GmbH for more than 6 years - is a so-called early adapter. She is…

Mayor of Gaoxiong visits China to promote Taiwanese fruit

The mayor of Gaoxiong, Han Guoyu, recently visited the Haijixing Agricultural Products Distribution Park in Shenzhen to sign a trade deal with the Shenzhen municipal…

Chile supplies many of the 20 most sold fresh fruits in the US

Every year The Packer publishes Fresh Trends, a consumer survey on the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in the US market. According to this survey, the best-selling fresh fruits in 2018, in order, were: bananas, apples, grapes table, strawberries, oranges, watermelons, lemons, blueberries,…

Agricultural products are going to be scarce in Costa Rica

According to Alvaro Saenz, a spokesman for the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agroindustry (CNAA), even though El Niño phenomenon won't be as strong as originally…

Climate change and varietal improvements are extending the campaign

The end of seasonal fruit and vegetables in Spain

Nobody looks for seasonal lettuce anymore. On the supermarket shelves, it is now possible to find varieties of this and other vegetables, and even many fruits, all year round. Long ago, agricultural companies undertook the challenge of finding new preservation techniques and optimal lands in other…

Lemon production has been affected by the changes in climate.

Onion and lemon prices in Mexico are on the rise

So far this year, vegetable and fruit prices have been mostly stable, with the exception of onion and lemon prices, which have increased considerably. Lemon production has…

Serbia: Huge jump in vegetable prices at outdoor markets

The Statistics Office of the Republic of Serbia has stated that while the vegetable prices are rising steadily, fruits are cheaper by 12 per cent compared to 2018. The prices of most types of vegetables, compared to the same period last year, rose by between 20 and 30 per cent, while the prices of some…

Turkey: Grocery chains to join direct sale points campaign

The Agricultural Credit Cooperatives of Turkey will start providing vegetables for the big grocery chains like Migros, Carrefour, A101, Şok and BİM. This will be done in addition to deliveries to the direct sale points initially installed by the Ankara and Istanbul municipalities, said Agriculture and…

2.9 million tons of AGF products from Turkestan region of Kazakhstan

Last year, in Kazakhstan’s Turkestan region, 2.9 million tons of vegetables, potatoes and melons were harvested from an area of ​​7.5 thousand hectares. As noted in the local…

Philippines: Belarus is potential market for agricultural exports

The Philippines may soon supply agricultural products to Belarus after a delegation led by the Department of Agriculture launched an "aggressive marketing campaign" in Eastern Europe. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said they were asked to give a list of products the Philippines can supply so that…


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