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Tight supplies on some produce items popular for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Lunar New Year as it is determined by the lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian Calendar, this year falls on January 25th. This day will kick off the year of the Rat and, as they often do, the festivities are accompanied with many traditional foods. Anticipating…

BLE market report KW 03 / 2020:

'Israeli Orris dominated increased deliveries'

The influx of mandarins increased enormously. Israeli Orris really dominated events. Although they were expensive -in Berlin up to €3.50  per kg was being paid over the weekend- their accommodation was mostly quite smooth. In Frankfurt, they increasingly sold in 7 kg, 10 kg and 12.5 kg cartons. The consumers…

Meeting demand of the immigrant community

Vietnamese farm owners in Russia

A number of Vietnamese within the Russian Federation have invested in building small farms to grow fruit and vegetables, intent on meeting meet the demand of the Vietnamese community. Many of them have dared to invest in large-scale farms, not only to serve the Vietnamese people, but also to bring their products to supermarket…

What? Potatoes and parsnips do not ‘grow on trees’?

A survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the Mushroom Bureau – an organisation which promotes freshly-grown mushrooms in Britain, had as one of its findings that 1 in 20…

Eating fruit and vegetables reduces the risk of depression

About 265 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is, however, one of the most preventable health issues. That is, according to the World Health Organization.…

Tanzania: Investments in vegetables to increase economic opportunities

Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Director for the World Vegetable Center operations Dr Gabriel Rugalema expressed the need to prioritise investment in vegetables to increase economic opportunities for smallholder farmers as well as providing healthy diets for all. "The production of vegetable offer…

Are fruit and veg too expensive?

New Zealand wants to drop regional obesity rates

In New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, more than two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese. It was reported this week that the cost of fruit and veg prices jumped 2.1 per…

Putin urges Russians to eat more vegetables

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that Russians’ consumer shopping basket should be revised to include more vegetables (and fish and meat as well). "You are right,…

Punjab, India

Checking vegetable prices on your mobile phone

Checking the prices of vegetables of people’s local market (mandi) is now easier than ever before with the launch of the e-PMB app by the Punjab Mandi Board (PMB). Launched by PMB chairman Laal Singh on January 8, the app, which has already been downloaded over 5,000 times, provides a daily list of…

"Europe is still the main export market for Chinese ginger"

"Setting up overseas branch offices allows us to deliver better services in Europe"

Fresh ginger is hugely popular in the European market and China is one of the largest ginger exporters in the world. The annual production volume of Chinese ginger is enormous. Furthermore, Chinese exporters understand the requirements of the European market. A growing number of Chinese export companies…

Market Report Austria KW 04 / 2020:

'Potato market without impulse, balanced onion market'

The Austrian market for table potatoes is stable. A sufficient supply contrasts with a seasonally quiet, but steady domestic demand. Since the export business is not…

Kent fruit producer Edward Vinson – turnover nears £20 mln milestone

A fruit producer in Kent in the UK, that can trace its roots back to the late 19th century and counts the likes of Tesco and M&S among its clients, has seen its turnover near…

USDA Exporter Guide

Greater opportunities for fruit import to Japan due to aging of local growers

Japan (128 million inhabitants) is the fourth largest market for American exporters of food and agricultural products. The United States exported 12.9 billion dollars (11.6 billion euros) of horticultural products to Japan in 2018. There are many opportunities for exporters who are willing and able to…

Growth in imports of non-EU fruits and vegetables

In the period between January and October 2019, the value of the EU's fruit and vegetable imports from third countries stood at 14,591 million Euro, 2% more than in the same…

Amadou Sane, Bio Casamance Asso Group:

Senegal: How the fruit and vegetable sector fights unemployment

The Senegalese company “Bio Casamance Asso Group” sells a wide range of organic fruits and vegetables in France, Spain and on the local market. This year, the group will start exporting to Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. Amadou Sane, president and founder of the group, reports that his main objective…

Iran: Trade Promotion Organization to establish specialized export terminals

According to the Iranian Deputy Minister for Industry, Mining, and Trade, Hossein Modares Khiabani, dates, fishery products, fruit and vegetables, flowers and plants,…

Vietnam aims at US$ 5 billion in fruit & vegetable exports in 2020

According to a spokesperson from the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association (VINAFRUIT),  the fruit and vegetable sector aims to gross $5 billion from exports this year on the…

Florida growers eye overnight temperatures

Florida growers were watching last night to see just how cold the temperatures were going to get. Weather forecasts were predicting a chilly overnight—possibly one of the coldest nights so far in Florida this winter. Plant City for example was to see a minimum temperature of 33°F while Immokolee would be…

Japanese brace for climate change

At the UN climate change conference COP 25 last year, Japan was cited as the country most affected by extreme weather in 2018. Strong typhoons and torrential rains hit one…

India: West Bengal was no.1 vegetable producing state in 2018-19

For the year 2018-19, West Bengal has emerged as the number one Indian state regarding vegetable production, according to the data presented at a recent horticultural meeting.…

Holland Agri Foods

From dairy export to onions, potatoes and carrots

During this year's edition of Fruit Logistica in Berlin we will get to know a new player on the market, namely Holland Agri Foods, from Emmeloord, The Netherlands. Holland…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market report fruit and vegetables, December 2019

Wholesale prices of Austrian dessert apples stable

The start of the new marketing season has been successful so far. Demand increased in December, in line with the holidays. All in all, sales were satisfactory at the good…

Destructive swarm of desert locusts entering Kenya

After destroying horticultural lands in Ethiopia and Somalia, a destructive swarm of desert locusts have moved south to Kenya. Last week, they entered the country, and they're making their way south. Actions are being taken to control the situation, but the threat is not over, explains Martin Dyer, owner…

Thailand: Department of Agriculture promotes fruit export standards

The Department of Agriculture is convincing fruit exporters to meet standards for their produce and packaging processes and about 500 operators have agreed to cooperate.…

Indian consumers' diet shifts towards fruits and vegetables

There is a slow but steady shift in Indian consumers’ diet composition as they are moving from more cereal-based diet to one which has more of fruits, vegetables, milk and…

Turnips +48%, Cailiflower +31%, Breaburn +17%

UK: Weekly average wholesale market prices for fruit and vegetables

In this week's average wholesale market prices of home grown  produce from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs the biggest increase for fruit was the price of Braeburn apples which increased by 17%, from £0.88kg to £0.95kg. Turnips had the biggest rise in price at 48% from £1.07kg to £1.56kg with…

"Nature's favourites - little treasures" in the discount store

Aldi Süd introduces premium brand for fruit and vegetables

Select varieties and a particularly delicious taste: these and other features distinguish the products of new ALDI SÜD private label "Nature's favourites - little treasures". Starting in February, the discounter will successively introduce selected fruit and vegetable varieties in all of its…

Bawku growers say bushfires and poor road networks threaten success of Planting for Food and Jobs programme

Some farmers in Bawku have expressed worry over the poor road network which is making it difficult to access their farms and also transport farm produce for storage and market saying it is a threat to the success of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme reports ghananewsagency.org Perishable food…

South Korea aims to boost agricultural exports by 6.7 pct in 2020

South Korea said Monday it seeks to expand its outbound shipments of agricultural goods by 6.7 percent to hit US$7.5 billion in 2020 by diversifying its product portfolio and penetrating deeper into emerging markets including Southeast Asia. In 2019, exports of agricultural goods reached $7 billion,…

Taiwan adds American blueberries, retains onions and removes lettuce from the improved 2020 inspection list

The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) recently published the updated comprehensive inspection list. This list applies to food imports in the calendar year for 2020.…

Spanish fruit and vegetable export to the United Kingdom grows by 6%

According to the latest data updated by the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, between January and October 2019, Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports stood at 1.2 million tons and 1,427 million euro, reflecting a 6% growth in volume and a stabilization of the value over the same period of the…

Thailand plans to link central fruit markets with China to boost exports

The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) plans to link Thailand’s central fruit markets with those of China to expand the trading channel for Thai fruits, Whichai Phochanakij, the department’s director-general, said recently. “The central markets the DIT aims to link are those being promoted by the DIT, ”…

Turkmenistan exported agricultural products worth over $25 million to CIS countries in 2019

Last year, agricultural producers in Turkmenistan had a good harvest of melons, fruits and vegetables and legumes. The private sector played a significant role in…

Customs Authority reveals volume of Azerbaijan’s fruit and veg exports in 2019

The Customs Authority of Azerbaijan has revealed the volume of fruits and vegetables exported by the country during the year 2019. Azerbaijan has stated that during the year…

Philippines: Taal damage to agriculture hits P3.2 billion

The amount of damage and losses to agriculture caused by the Taal Volcano's continuing activity has ballooned to P3.17 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported over the weekend. The damage covers 15,790 hectares of agricultural lands and production losses of 43,772 metric tons (MT), according…

"Brexit won't change a thing for companies or people until 2021"

On Thursday, January 16 at the Chamber of Commerce of Zaragoza, the Minister Counselor of the British Embassy in Spain, Tim Hemmings, stressed that, even though the United…

Asaja, COAG and UPA announce new protests across Spain

The Spanish agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA have released a joint statement announcing a series of demonstrations across Spain. To safeguard the future of agricultural growers and cattle farmers, they want to give a clear signal to the various authorities and other players in the agro-food…

Coline Laurent, Connecting Food

Blockchain technology is gaining importance in the fruit and vegetable sector

The French company “Connecting Food” developed a transparency platform based on blockchain technology. “By scanning the QR code on the packaging of the final product, consumers are able to know when the product in their hands was produced and if all the specifications have been met,” explains Coline…

First fruit and veg delivery to Scotland

Fountain Fresh breaks the final frontier

Fountain Fresh broke the final frontier earlier this week with their first delivery of fruit and vegetables north of the border. The fresh produce supplier  has been managing the logistics side of the business with their own trucks for a couple of years now. "We started off with one truck delivering produce…

USDA Exporter Guide Singapore

Singapore dependent on import of fruit and vegetables

In 2018, the Netherlands exported 18 million Euro worth of fruit and vegetables to Singapore (5.6 million residents). The wealthy city-state located in Southeast Asia is very dependent on import of fruit and vegetables, among other things, as it hardly produces any of its own. The country's trade and…

Delaware farmers’ markets produce record sales mark

Delaware’s governor, John Carney, and the Delaware Department of Agriculture said that was proven again in 2019 when they announced that Delaware farmers’ markets hit an…

Agri Dashboard tomatoes

Average weighted prices for Italian tomatoes still below 5-year average

In the first half of the first month of 2020, average weighted prices for tomatoes in the EU (at €99,- per 100 kgs) are about €21 lower year-on-year, and about €16 below the 5-year average. Click here for a larger image. Average weighted prices for tomatoes in Italy are at €119,- per 100 kgs, compared to…

DA prepares immediate assistance to farmers and fisherfolk

Philippines: Volcano damage to agriculture now at ₱577 mln

An Alert Level 4 still remains over the recent Taal volcano eruption. Formation of new fissures and cracks were observed in some areas of Batangas. According to an update damage report from DA CALABARZON now increased the damages to ₱577.59 million (€10.2 mln) ) from the previous report of ₱74.55 million…

CPMA announcement:

Half Your Plate Partnership with 2020 Olympic team qualifier Florence Maheu

CPMA is delighted to announce a new partnership with 2020 Olympic team qualifier in kayak, Florence Maheu. Maheu will be promoting the Half Your Plate initiative in competition on her boat and in her day-to-day activities through her personal social media. Florence Maheu, of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,…

Batangas Province - The Philippines

Vegetable and plantations struck by eruption of Taal volcano

Assorted places were vegetables, bananas and coffee was cultivated were among the sites damaged by Taal volcano’s steam-driven eruption, the Department of Agriculture (DA) revealed Wednesday. During the weekly economic briefing at the Palace, Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan said total damage in…

Exporter Guide Jordan - USDA

Apples and nuts are growing markets in Jordan

Jordan (10.5 million inhabitants) is 98% dependent on food imports. In 2018, the Netherlands exported 16 million euros worth of fruit and vegetables to Jordan. Nuts is in second place on the list of 10 growth markets in Jordan, apples are third on the list. Jordan is becoming an increasingly westernised…

USDA report Retail Foods Guatemala

Growth potential of fruit and organic products in Guatemala

In 2018 Guatemala (14.9 million inhabitants) imported € 18,477,841 worth of vegetables from El Salvador, China and Mexico. Fruit was imported from Chile, Mexico and Peru with a value of € 28,300,691. Fruit and organic products have good growth potential in Guatemala. The retail trade in Guatemala is strong…

Most valuable Chinese import categories

Breaking down China’s 2018 imports by product category: Soybeans and soybean products totaled $38.5 billion in 2018 and accounted for 31% of total ag imports. The third most valuable import category belonged to fruit, which includes fresh and processed fruits as well as fruit juice. China imported $8.3…

Malaysia in lead-up to Chinese New Year

Vegetable supply chain gap urges on farmers in Cameron Highlands

Many farmers in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands are stepping up efforts to meet high demand in the lead up to the Chinese New Year period, especially from Singapore. Prices of…

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency launches project in Somaliland

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency TIKA has launched a program in Somaliland to help boost the quality and amount of crops and livestock there. The agricultural…

Australia’s fresh produce exports losing out to competitors

A lack of progress on market access negotiations for Australian fresh fruit and vegetable exports is restricting the growth of the fresh produce industry. Members of the…

Perry Verstraeten, De Blaeij

“Our clients want only Class 1 products”

After a relatively quiet festive season, it is back to business as usual at De Blaeij wholesalers. “There are no real Christmas crowds anymore. Almost all of our products are available year-round. Exotic products are, therefore, no longer anything special at Christmas dinner," says Perry Verstraeten. “We…

Nigeria’s agri revolution compromised by infrastructural challenges

Post-harvest losses may have been dropping in the African nation of Nigeria in the past year, but farmers are still uncomfortable with the state of infrastructure that…

Devouring onions, watermelons, tomatoes and lettuces

Locusts compound troubles of Somali farmers in flood-hit Hiran region

Farmers in central Somalia’s Hiran region, whose farms were recently submerged by floods, are now contending with swarms of locusts, devouring whatever they have planted since then. Kadiye Abdi Gadod, a farmer in Hodug, west of Beletweyne, told Radio Ergo that locust swarms have set on his farm just as…

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to non-EU countries increased

Spanish exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to non-EU countries between January and October 2019 amounted to 762,699 tons and 855 million euro, i.e. 28% and 22% more in…

Drop in Azerbaijan fruit and vegetable exports in 2019

In 2019, Azerbaijan exported 628,509 tons of fruit and vegetables worth $ 606 mln to foreign countries, according to the calculations of APA-Economics based on the indicators…

1,400 containers failed to reach ports

Pakistan: Exporters suffer losses of US$1.5 billion

A strike by Pakistan’s transporters has caused the fruit and vegetable export sector to suffer US$1.5 million estimated loss as reportedly 1,400 containers with edible items have failed to reach ports for purpose of shipment. This has led to sharp decline in  conducive business environment in terms of rapid…

Turkish fresh produce exports at record high in 2019

The Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association have announced the 2019 export figures. With a total of 890 million USD (nearly 800 million Euro) worth of exports, the association increased its exports by 7% compared to previous year. 2020 goals include expanding exports to the Far East…

Pakistani fruit & vegetable exporters suffer $1.5 billion losses

Fruit and vegetable exporters have suffered an estimated loss of around $1.5 million in a week because of the goods transporters’ strike, which entered its seventh consecutive day on Sunday. The government in its negotiations with the transporters on Saturday failed to convince them to call off their…

Vietnam exported more than US$3.7 billion fruit and vegetables in 2019

Vietnam's  Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday announced that the nation’s exports of fruit and vegetables reached more than US$3.7 billion in 2019. This was down 1.9% compared to 2018, which was mainly due to the sharp decline in export volumes and revenues regarding the Chinese market.…

Iran: Pars province ranks first in Iran in terms of tomato production

This week, Director of the Pars Agricultural Department, Mohammad, Mehdi Ghasemi, announced that the province of Pars ranks second in Iran with about 10 percent share of…

Part of GATE project

New vegetable varieties introduced in Ghana’s Upper East Region

New and improved vegetable varieties have been introduced to smallholder farmer groups in Ghana’s Upper East Region to help address challenges associated with vegetable production and raise output. It includes; 14 tomato and 11 pepper varieties, which are being introduced to the farmers in the…

Sydney start-up is digitally revolutionising fresh produce industry

Fresh produce industry’s $12b digital revolution

Sydney-based NetFresh launched in April 2019 and is set to revolutionise the $12 billion fresh produce industry. With a list of high-profile clients already on the books, including Sydney Markets, which is worth $3 billion alone, NetFresh allows producers and buyers, from growers through to retailers, to…

Canada import regulations for horticultural products updated

In Canada, current legal requirements come into effect from January 2020 with regulations for, among other things, permits, preventive controls and traceability requirements for horticultural products. The labeling and packaging are also discussed and the detailed requirements they must meet. The USDA has…

India: Lack of agri planning causes inflation

Lack of proper agriculture planning in India lead to high inflation, hurting the poor most. The food inflation in the third quarter of 2019 indicates the need to dig deeper into the agricultural policies and improvise them to avoid such a situation in the future. High onion pricesThe soaring onion prices…

India: Punjab introduces ‘Home Delivery System’ for fruit & veg

The state government of Punjab has introduced a ‘Home Delivery System’ for fruits and vegetables, ARY News reported. Going into more detail, the channel explained how the…

US: Southern fruit and vegetable growers to meet US trade officials

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will begin working with southern fruit and vegetable farmers to ensure fair competition with their Mexican counterparts. This is a…

New Zealand study - Auckland University of Technology:

“Bigger bodies need bigger servings of vegetables”

A new study from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) suggests the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables should be in direct proportion to body size. In…

USDA's Chile Exporter Guide

Chile imports fruit, vegetables, and nuts en masse

Chile has a population of 18,8 million people. In 2018, it imported €9,880,000 worth of vegetables, €159,568,000 in fruit and nuts to the value of €31,989,000. Brazil, the United States, and Argentina are Chile's main exporters. Chile's economy has been booming for the last ten years. Gross Domestic…

Exporter Guide Bulgaria - USDA

Tomatoes and nuts on the rise in Bulgaria

The Bulgaria import of horticultural products amounted to € 3.26 billion in 2018. Of these, € 5,959 million of nuts were imported from the US, Greece, Ukraine, the Netherlands, China, Argentina and Turkey. Tomatoes are number 6 of the 10 largest growth markets. The top 10 retailers: Kaufland (share of…

Peru achieves a new fresh blueberry export record

The Association of Agricultural Producer Guilds of Peru (Agap) reported that during November 2019 the country achieved a new fresh blueberry export record when this product…

Exporter Guide Spain - USDA

Nuts and sweet potato popular on Spanish menu

In 2018, Spain imported almonds worth 498 million euros and pistachios worth 98 million euros and demand is expected to continue to increase. The aging of the population in…

Tomatoes, peppers and avocados drive growth

Dutch export turnover for fruit and vegetables rises to € 11.9 billion

Dutch sales of fruit and vegetables abroad increased by four percent in the past year to € 11.9 billion. No less than eighty percent is sold within a radius of 1,000…

Exporters Guide to Brazil - USDA

Political unrest stunts Brazilian economy

In 2018, Brazil's fruit imports amounted to €36.120 million, and that of vegetables to €19.641 million. Several products will see an increase in this Latin American country in…

Rwandan vegetable export revenues up by 47%

According to the latest statistics from the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), announced last Wednesday, between July and November 2019, exactly 11,292 tonnes of fresh vegetables were exported earning the country more than $7.5 million (over Rwf6.9 billion). According to NAEB, the…

Japanese supermarkets try to attract customer with cheaper US foods

Since the Japan-US trade agreement came into force on Jan. 1, major Japanese supermarkets have started slashing prices on US products -affected by the tariff cuts- trying to attract more customers. Ito-Yokado Co. launched a six-day sale at some 130 outlets on Wednesday, lowering the prices on nine items,…

Ghana: Bawku farmers benefit from new dams

Both livestock and Vegetable farmers in some communities in Ghana's Bawku area have started making good use of the dams constructed under the One Village One Dam-policy. The farmers have started preparing lands for irrigation farming while their livestock have a source of drinking water. Farmers in five…

Exporter Guide Thailand – USDA

Thailand in search of western horticultural products

Thailand (population of 69.6 million) is the third largest economy in Southwest Asia and a major exporter of pineapple and cassava, among other things. The economy is expected to grow further by 3.7% in 2020. Trade agreements with the European Union facilitate exports to Thailand. There are 38 million people…

Exporter Guide India – USDA

High quality horticultural products trend in India

In India (population 1.33 billion), the demand for horticultural products will continue to grow due to increasing population growth (50% of the population are under 25), a growing middle class and rapid urbanisation. Quality products are more and more on the wish list of the richer classes because of the…

Exporter Guide Kazachstan – USDA

Mysterious Kazakhstan - an interesting market for horticultural products

Kazakhstan sounds like a far away, mysterious country and may not be seen as an export destination for horticultural products at first. Yet it is worth taking a closer look at…

49% of fruits and vegetables imported by Spain come from non-EU countries

In the period between January and October 2019, the Spanish import of fresh fruits and vegetables from non-EU countries stood at 1.31 million tons worth 1,560 million euros.…

“There is a lack of unity in organizations, but the field is united”

Produce thrown away in Almeria due to low prices

On Wednesday January 8, 2020, eggplants and tomatoes have been thrown away in La Cañada, Almería. “Eggplant and tomato continue to lose value. The Moroccan production is taking a negative toll on our products,” said the president of the Union of Independent Agricultural Producers (UAI), Joaquín López,…

Ministry of Municipality and Environment also supported farmers installing greenhouses

Qatar exceeds 2019 target of food self-sufficiency

Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), has exceeded its target in achieving self-sufficiency regarding various fresh food products in 2019. The achievement of the target of 2019 set under the National Strategy for Food Security 2019-23 is seen as a big step by the…

Market Report Austria KW 02/2020:

'Potato market starts the year without major changes - satisfactory onion sales'

The Austrian market for table potatoes is starting 2020 without any major changes, and the food retail trade was quite satisfied with the Christmas sales this year.…

New opportunities for Vietnamese fruits and vegetables

During this time in previous years, enterprises were promoting exports to China to meet increasing demand by the year’s end, however this year, many enterprises have chosen to…

Exporter Guide Canada from USDA

Frozen vegetables and fruit growing market in Canada

With a turnover of 16 billion dollars (14.31 billion Euros), Canada was the largest market for agricultural products from the US in 2018, of which 3.4 billion dollars ( 3.04…

Exporter Guide Mexico

Export of agricultural products to Mexico increased considerably

The export of agricultural products to Mexico is good for $ 18.6 billion (€ 16.6 billion) and has increased by 47% in the last 10 years. This makes Mexico one of the largest and most consistent markets for American growers…

Moroccan exports to EU slowing down

In the winter, Spain traditionally supplies fruit and vegetables to the market in Europe. However, across the Strait of Gibraltar lies another major European market player.…

Farming onions, pepper and leafy greens

Ghana: Vegetable farmers Pusiga district call for support

More than 250 vegetable farmers in the Pusiga district, in Ghana’s Upper East Region, are calling for the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) policy support, in the hope it will provide them with subsidized farming inputs to increase their production this dry season. The dry season irrigation farmers who…

Romanian Ministry of Agriculture

Table grape production drops 21.34%

In 2019, Romania saw some dips in crop yields against 2018, concerning  and rape for oil, potatoes, table and wine grapes, rice and tomatoes. The rape crop dropped by half compared…

Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Study shows ‘organic’ leaf wounds improve fruits and vegetables

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists found benefits of insect leaf-wounding in fruit and vegetable production. The stress responses created in the fruits and vegetables…

Vietnamese fruit export to China decreased by 68%

Is Vietnamese fruit exported to China "disguised" as Cambodian fruit?

Everybody knows that Chinese importers are extremely careful with fruit imported from Vietnam ever since Vietnamese fruit farmers struggled with food safety issues. China…

Jan Bijleveld and Mariska Werring of Leo de Kock:

"We want to be the connecting factor in the chain"

From transporting wooden crates of potatoes by horse-drawn wagon to filling and transporting about 30 million packages every year. At Leo de Kock, they can truly testify to how much things have changed in the last century. This Dutch company joined forces with Agrico almost 25 years ago. It is looking…

The Colombian startup Waruwa revolutionizes fruit and vegetable distribution

After just seven months in the market, the Colombian startup Waruwa has revolutionized the relationship between the countryside and the city by distributing fruits and…

Central Food Technological Research Institute - Mysuru, India

CFTRI comes up with low-cost tech for storing tomatoes

Keeping in mind the plight of tomato farmers battling price fluctuation, the Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has come up with a low-cost…

Brazil and Canada boosted the growth of Spanish exports outside the EU in 2019

According to statistics from the Customs and Excise Department, Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports to non-European countries during the first ten months of 2019 stood…

C. Laffon, of Hnos Fernández López: “Growth of imported bananas without harm to Canary bananas”

"Our growth has gone hand in hand with our investment in the large retail sector"

For the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, the period that goes from pre-Christmas to Three Kings' Day is not good for sales. "Generally, Spain has a high per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Spanish consumers tend to eat fruit and vegetables motivated by health reasons,…

2020, International Year of Plant Health

40% of food crops in the world are lost due to pests

According to the latest estimates of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), up to 40% of food crops worldwide are lost every year due to pests and…

IDF chooses Israeli tomatoes over Turkish ones

A discussion over tomato imports from Turkey that was going on last October will be resolved by a reshuffling of tomato purchase orders by the Israeli army. Under new…

Woolworths and Coles confirm they are looking at alternative routes

Western Australia's fires, floods and cyclones will affect availability of groceries

With fires raging in the Nullabor, flooding in the desert interior and a cyclone to the north, all of WA's major interstate supply routes have been closed in some way, effectively cutting the state off from the rest of the country by road. According to an article on watoday.com.au, the closures have…

Bosnia- Herzegovina statistics: Export and Imports in 2019

Basic consumer goods are often the measuring unit for the import-export relationship within Bosnia- Herzegovina’s trade with other countries.  According to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s…

Grow food anywhere! The Mexican startup that innovates in agriculture

A Mexican startup is offering the possibility of growing vegetables within the city in a healthy enclosed space and harvesting up to 100 times more than normal. Juan Succar and Jorge Lizardi, graduates of the Tec de Monterrey Leon campus, created the Verde Compacto company, which follows the new global…

USApple responds to Dirty Dozen list

Many, many periodicals regularly present their own 'Dirty Dozen of Fruit and Veg' (these are fruits or vegetables that contain the highest amounts of pesticides). But why are…

Vietnam: Export of main agricultural products down 5.3 percent in 2019

According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the combined export value of main agricultural products was estimated at 18.5 billion USD in 2019, down…

Jordanian tomato grower problems persist despite border openings

According to the Jordan Valley Farmers Union, the nation’s growers are facing serious challenges, and they are “scared, rather than excited” for the new year. Union President Adnan Khaddam told The Jordan Times that the opening of the Jabir-Nasib border crossing with Syria and the Karameh-Turabil border…

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

US retailers focus on health and organics this week

This week, US retailers took multiple tacks to attract shoppers. Dia de Los Reyes (Three Kings Day) was promoted with avocados, Roma tomatoes, onions, and pineapples. Shoppers with New Years resolutions to eat healthier found what they were looking for; salad, cucumbers, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini,…

BelOrta reaches the EUR 451 million cap

In 2019 BelOrta reached a product turnover of €451 million. That is slightly higher than the 2018 result (+0,3%). It is also the highest ever result for the Belgian…

Dutch trader has worked in the fruit and vegetable sector for 65 years

To still know the exact prices, every day, of grapes, mangos, and kakis, at the age of 80. Few people can say that. However, Jan van den Heuvel is at each one of Hillfresh's morning planning meetings. Hillfresh is a Dutch company. This week, Jan not only celebrates his 80th birthday. He also celebrates…

UAE: Pure Harvest to add berries and lettuce

Ever since they started harvesting their first tomatoes in November 2018, the team with Pure Harvest has been battling the temperatures in Abu Dhabi (UAE), that reach up to 53 degrees Celcius. Now that they've managed to find their way around, it's time for a new challenge: growing leafy greens and…

Yvonne Tweddle - Jupiter Group

“We have an excellent supply base and we want to take that a stage further"

2019 has been quite a year for Jupiter Group, getting exclusive production and marketing rights for ARRA grapes in India, expanding their grower base in Colombia and acquiring Dutch company Cool Fresh to name a few. The company also won the 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 10th Family…

US-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Florida farmers continue to raise alarms on ‘NAFTA rewrite’

Florida fruit and vegetable farmers, including tomato growers in Manatee County, worry they will continue to lose market share to their Mexican counterparts under the ‘new NAFTA’ trade deal. Democrats and Republicans came together last month to push an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement…

Maharashtra - India

Plans for 18 clusters for export of chemical-free fruit and vegetables

The Maharashtra state government, along with APEDA, plans to set up over 18 clusters in the state for export of chemical-residue-free vegetables and fruits. The clusters will…

EU invites more duty-free imports from Republic of Moldova - table grapes, plums and cherries

The European Union  will grant the Republic of Moldova additional duty-free tariff rate quotas to export table grapes (of double the current amount) and plums (of a 50% increase…

Swiss vegetable growers had to contend with various challenges last year

Review of vegetable cultivation 2019

"The start of the season went very well, but then came a production slump due to the difficult weather conditions," Markus Waber of the Swiss Vegetable Producers Association…

Mexican tomato exporters claim produce is free of virus

Mexican agricultural officials claim it is "unjustified" to still detain tomatoes at the US border for longer inspections. Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, Mexico's secretary of…

Cambodia exported 7 million tons of farm produce in 2019

Cambodia shipped around 7 million tons of agricultural products abroad in 2019, with 4.784 million tons exported via official channels, said Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Veng Sakhon. Apart from a lot of rice, Cambodia exported about 1.6 million tons of cassava starch, 202,318 tons of…

Channel hosts e-shops from 832 poor counties across China

E-commerce companies lend a helping hand to farmers

Chinese e-commerce sites are rolling up their sleeves to help farmers sell their agricultural products. This seems to be a combination of philanthropy and business that contributes to the nationwide eradication of poverty by the end of the year. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is scheduled to launch its annual…

Eco-conscious eating for a better climate

The climate is changing at an alarming rate. Something has to change to keep the earth habitable for the next generation. Environmentally conscious eating can make a big…

Growers preparing for worsening of bushfire conditions over the weekend

Growers and farmers in Southern Australia are on high alert, with fire conditions predicted to worsen this weekend. For the third time this year a State of Emergency has been declared in New South Wales. It comes a day after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster for six Local…

Egypt: Agricultural exports hit 5.4 mln tons in 2019

According to data from the nation’s agriculture ministry, the volume of Egypt's 2019 agricultural exports reached approximately 5.4 million tons. From 1 January to 25 December, exports increased by about 203,000 tons compared to the same period last year, said a report from the Central Administration of…

Ghana: Tomato farmers Tuobodom deplore Burkina Faso imports

Continuously importing millions of dollars’ worth of tomatoes from neighbouring Burkina Faso is taking a huge toll on tomato farmers in Ghana. The Federation of Tomato Growers…

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Advertised prices for US specialty crops at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets

Party trays, gift baskets, floral center pieces, and chips and dip were showcased in ads this week as shoppers prepared to celebrate New Years and football games. Avocados were the most advertised fruit this week, and were often pictured along with Roma tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro for…

Crop and Export Report 2019 - Week 52

Chile: Trend of higher exports resumed in week 51

A cbbc.iqonsulting.com report states that during week 51, the trend of higher exports was resumed with 10,686 tons shipped. The total accumulated up to date is 38,093 tons, 4% more than the previous season in the same week. All of the destination markets have received more fruit with the exception of…

With sales soaring, Kroger & Walmart focus on produce

US grocers are freshening up their produce sections to draw in more health-conscious shoppers, as fruits and vegetables are an increasingly important source of sales growth…

John Rombouts, Joined Resources:

“There are still huge chances to score in the Russian retail sector”

The Russian market may well be closed to European fresh produce, but there are still ample opportunities to trade non-European fruits and vegetables there. There is an enormous demand for, for example, stone and soft fruits and exotics, says John Rombouts. John knows, from his own experience, that it is…

Costa Rica's year-round crops are exported to 53 countries globally

Costa Rica is determined to continue being an exporter of agricultural products with good quality quality and taste which are produced under sustainable practices. The…

Almeria's 2018/19 fruit and vegetable campaign closes with a 6% increase in value

According to the report 'Synthesis of Almeria's protected horticultural campaign', published on December 18 on the website of the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia, the province's 2018-2019 campaign has been better, in general terms, to the previous one. According to the document, the total…

UN declares 2021 to be international Year of Fruits and Vegetables

Last Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)  adopted a resolution to declare 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. The resolution says the UNGA considered the urgent need to raise awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption. It also wanted…


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