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Spain: Almeria buckles under virus pressure

No less than 150,000 people have to go to work every day in the Spanish greenhouse vegetable region of Almeria - but since March 14th, cars can be only occupied by two people and vans and buses can only be half-filled. All to contain the COVID-19 virus, of which Spain is enduring a severe outbreak. For…

"We're having a hard time because we're families with few resources"

Suspension of weekly markets in Spain results in extremely difficult situations

The quick spread of the coronavirus in Spain has forced the government to decree strict preventive measures, such as mobility restrictions or the suspension of non-essential activities to reduce the population's exposure to the infection and curb the rate of infection. These rules have also led to the…

Fresh produce in Europe to get more scarce

Suppliers warn that fresh fruit and vegetables will become increasingly scarce as the coronavirus pandemic hampers the global movement of produce and of the people needed to gather crops. Governments are looking at ways to ease any shortage, including “green lanes” to allow fresh produce to move quickly…

SA’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply steady in face of COVID-19 lock down

As South Africa braces for lock down, the good news is that their access to fresh fruit and vegetables will remain unaffected. “Fresh fruit and vegetables are an essential part of the food security network and South Africa is filled with world class producers, big and small, who produce fresh produce of the…

Greek kiwifruit exports likely to be record-breaking

In Greece, fresh fruit and vegetable exports continued last week with indications that this year's kiwifruit exports could be record-breaking, and with good figures also…

Agriculture industry California grows despite virus troubles

Many businesses across the Central Coast, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, are slowing or have shut down. But that isn’t the case for one the region’s…

Pepijn de Jong, Levarht:

"There is still a lot of potential in Asia"

"Our company grew nicely in Asia in 2019. It was a good year for us," says Pepijn de Jong. He is responsible for Asian sales at the Dutch company, Levarht. "This expansion was mostly thanks to our fixed retail clients. They are in Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. There we enlarge our assortment every…

Significant demand placed on Australian trucking services to keep supply chains flowing

The Australian Trucking Association says that the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented demand for the national transport industry, including the shipment of fruit and vegetables along the supply chain. "Some fleets are experiencing demands higher than the Christmas period, although…

"It is the first of its kind in a high-tech environment."

Australian glasshouse producer planning to diversify into the cucumber space

A major Australian glasshouse producer and marketing company, Flavorite is preparing to diversify its business, with the introduction of high wire glasshouse grown continental cucumbers. Flavorite is building another four hectares of glasshouse, ready for planting in June 2021, at its facility in…

Morocco increases its agro-exports due to the health crisis in Spain

Morocco's agricultural sector has experienced an increase in demand from the countries of Northern Europe and North America due to the health crisis that the producing countries of southern Europe - Spain, Italy, and Portugal - are experiencing. The president of the Association of Producers and Exporters…

International trade in goods is necessary, even during the Corona crisis

Germany needs imports of fruit and vegetables

Germans have a great appetite for fresh and inexpensive food from all over the world - and the range of products on offer in the supermarkets is just as large. As the Statista graph based on data from the German Farmers' Association shows, Germany can meet the demand for many products from its own production,…

Importers in India struggling with the lockdown

“There is a state of paralysis in the imported fruit trade”

With India in lockdown, exports are proving to be difficult. But if produce can’t make its way out of the country, it makes sense that importers are facing similar issues, which could cause problem for the food supply. For NGK Trading Co, the lockdown has meant a complete shutdown of their operation, as goods…

Virtual Town Hall brings together industry members

Working together to address the 'new normal'

The Produce Marketing Association convened its members from across the global produce and floral communities to discuss the pandemic’s impact on their businesses during the…

Trade effects of the EU-Morocco Association Agreement

Researchgate has released at comprehensive study, investigating the effects of the 2012 amendment of the Protocol on EU imports of horticultural products from Morocco. Currently, Morocco’s exports of tomato, oranges and clementines outcompete EU’s main producers of these products in months during which Morocco’s supply…

How UK food supply networks are coping with COVID-19

Although continuing pictures of empty shelves at UK supermarkets have sparked ongoing worries about food shortages, the supermarkets are confident that they can cope, not least because there is a limit to how much people can sensibly stockpile. So they believe that shopping patterns should return to…

New Zealand onion exporter looking to build on a successful start in the Indian market

A New Zealand onion exporter has found that the Indian market cannot get enough of the country's produce, in the first 12-months in operation. "It's just insatiable," Founder of Numb3rs Talk, Bill Karaitiana said. "Particularly when they are refrigerated and top-quality, but I now realise that most…

Vietnamese farm exports to China slowly increase again

Farm produce trading in the northern border gates bordering China has increased back but it has been still slow due to strict regulations on pandemic prevention, announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Office on March 24. Statistics by local authorities show that the number of…

Andalusian fruit and vegetables are arriving in Europe without problems

According to Luis Miguel Fernández, manager of Coexphal, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producers of Almería, the supply of Andalusian fruit and vegetables to Europe is proceeding normally. "There are some admissible delays in the arrival to the United Kingdom, but our products get there in good…

Rick Chong with Sutherland, S.A. on exporting to Asia

“We continue to look at viable alternatives such as renting air charters”

The world we live in has turned upside down in just a few short weeks and social distancing is also starting to have an impact on the continuity of produce supply and exports. This time of year, Sutherland, S.A. typically packs and ships grapes, kiwi and stone fruit out of South America, citrus out of…

Coles and Woolworths relax fruit and vegetable specifications

Major supermarkets in Australia have relaxed specifications for fruit and vegetables in an effort to get more fresh produce onto shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coles has stated that it was working with farmers every day to ensure it could get as much of its produce to customers as possible. "We…

Europeans rushing to buy Moroccan fruit & vegetables

Following the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic within Spanish, Italian and Portuguese agricultural production, European shoppers are rushing to buy Moroccan fruits and vegetables, which have become hot commodities. "Due to lack of farm workers in Spain, main supplier of the European market,…

Nashik grape farmers troubled as well

India: Punjab farmers start dumping vegetables

Punjab vegetable growers are worried that they may not be able to take their perishable produce to the market for sale and would have to incur heavy losses. A vegetable farmer…

State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition

Armenian officials talk about fruit and vegetable prices

After monitoring the changes of prices of agricultural products, the State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition recorded seasonal inflation of prices of…

Horticulture supply chain businesses may need to register as an essential service during NZ lockdown

At 11:59pm Wednesday, New Zealand will move into National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19, which will see many businesses and non-essential services close, and residents…

UAE: NRTC Fresh to import AED 78 million worth of fruit & veg in next three months

Dubai’s NRTC Fresh, the online fruits and vegetable delivery platform, has guaranteed that they will be importing AED 78 million (€19.5 mln) worth of produce to ensure the…

Andy Weir - Reynolds

“We have set up a click and collect service from our DC in Hertfordshire to service the local community"

Major food service companies around the country are having to cope with a major drop in demand after schools, pubs, restaurants and gyms were told to close last week. Many are finding alternate ways to distribute their produce while helping their communities access fresh fruit and vegetables. “We have…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

UK: Average prices Panamanian bananas up 10%

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. Average prices of Bramley's seedling apples were up 13%, with…

Fresh produce sales up 33.9% amid growing number of COVID-19 cases

As coronavirus social distancing measures are tightening and the number of confirmed cases are growing, retail sales are surging. Shoppers are stocking up on staples and fresh foods, and produce is no exception. Over the week ending March 15, total produce sales increased by more than one-third over the…

US study reveals critical role of food & ag sectors in the economy

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has served as a reminder of the critical role that the United States food and agriculture industries play in fueling our nation and ensuring that Americans are supplied with an abundance of safe food during this time of need. America’s food and agricultural industry is…

Jack Hanson - Fountain Fresh

"Since pubs and restaurants were advised to close last week, the supply chain has experienced a massive shift"

It has been a bizarre couple of weeks in the fresh produce industry, there have been big changes in the supply chain as people have been forced to change their entire way of life. "Since pubs and restaurants were advised to close last week, the supply chain has experienced a massive shift, it seems like…

Illicit vegetable smuggling in Singapore

Singapore imports around 1,500 tonnes of fresh vegetables daily from countries like China, Australia and Malaysia. The Singapore Food Agency, the national authority for food…

Turkey exports $581 million worth fruit & vegetables in 3 months

Between January 1 and March 19, Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports have increased, reaching $581 million. The export value was recorded at $455 million in the same…

Vietnam

Bình Thuận develops concentrated cultivation areas for key crops

The south-central province of Bình Thuận has set up concentrated cultivation areas for key farm produce after six years of restructuring agricultural production. The…

The UAE has sufficient stock of fruit, veg and food commodities to last for more than six months

The Ministry of Economy of the UAE confirmed that there is a sufficient stock of vegetables, fruits and food commodities to meet the needs of citizens and residents in the…

Norwegian growers fear food crisis

The new entry ban means that Norwegian growers are missing a lot of manpower. Now they fear that as a result there will be far fewer Norwegian grown fruit and vegetables in the shops this autumn. Elisabeth Gjems, director of Hedmark Bondelag: "At the moment, it is crucial for the work in the spring and…

How one Australian company is turning mushrooms into a meat alternative

An Australian company that began turning mushrooms into meat alternative products less than three months ago says demand is already incredibly strong. Fable Food Company CEO Michael Fox explains that mushrooms are used as the base for the plant-based protein products, which he says try to be as close to…

Measure due to coronavirus crisis

Dubai lowers import duties by 20% for the next 3 months

Dubai is to reduce its import customs duties by 20%. This is valid for the next three months. The ruling applies to all imported goods sold on the United Arab Emirates' local…

"Become proactive in connecting with your customers"

Local and specialty growers hit by COVID-outbreak

Whereas on one hand the demand for vegetables went through the roof following mass hoarding, many vegetable growers have also noticed the downside of the outbreak. Farmers markets shut down and many small growers usually find a good market in the local hospitality and service industry. With that shutting…

Spain

"We have stopped shipments planned for other countries in order to supply the Galician market"

Galician agricultural cooperatives are working at full capacity to ensure the supply of fresh produce at this time. "Our work has become more difficult at this time, because…

20% decrease in Costa Rican fresh produce exports to Europe

The expansion of COVID-19 in Europe has forced different countries to adopt strict measures to curb infections, such as the suspension of classes, the closure of hospitality establishments, and the confinement of the population. This situation on the European continent, the third most relevant market for…

Zambia: Enhancing economic co-operation with China

According to a Zambian industry group, their government attaches great importance to its bilateral cooperation with China, which will benefit the people of Zambia through improved economic growth. Chingola Chamber of commerce and industry President Fred Musonda said Zambia was benefiting from China in…

Not coronavirus

Drought and bushfires blamed for rising food prices in Australia

Major Australian food retailers blame drought and bushfires for the rising food costs. However, the coronavirus pandemic may prompt price increases, if supply chains are disrupted. IBISWorld analyst Tom Youl said consumer price index data revealed fruit prices rose by 6.8 per cent in the three months to…

Prime Minister Imran Khan:

"Pakistan-Afghan border opened for trade"

The Chaman-Spin Boldak border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has on Saturday been opened for trade on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan as dozens of trucks crossed…

Woodbridge farmer calls for asparagus harvest pickers

UK farmers call for 'land army' to sustain food production

UK farmers are calling for a 'land army' to sustain UK food production during the coronavirus crisis. Agricultural body leaders have raised concerns about a lack of available…

DG Agri Dashboard tomatoes - update 23-03-2020

Weighted price for tomatoes in the EU is at €102 per 100 kg

In the current month, the weighted price for tomatoes in the EU is at €102 per 100 kg, just one euro above the five year average. The usual April-May price dip is underway. However, the current COVID-19 situation may influence these price movements. Spanish tomatoes go for €76 per 100 kg, still under the monthly…

"The sector's work has been fundamental in this crisis"

Minister Planas praises the work of the agricultural sector to ensure the supply in Spain

Last Thursday, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, held a meeting by video conference with the regional Councillors of Agriculture in order to analyze the consequences of the coronavirus in the agricultural sector. The meeting served to highlight the solidarity and the need for…

Australian mango season wraps up with significant developments on the export front

The Australian mango season has finished for 2019-20, and it was a year in which the industry continued to take big steps towards growing its export program. The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) says that exports are currently tracking around the 12-14 per cent of total production, with the…

"We heard whispers that Gisborne navel oranges were one of the best-kept secrets"

The taste of New Zealand citrus becomes an iconic biscuit flavour

The flavour of New Zealand oranges has been immortalised, with the taste and flavour being used in the iconic Tim Tam biscuit. Gisborne fruit and produce supplier First Fresh supplied the fruit, which has been used directly in the biscuit - and the selection even caught the company's managing director…

Australian and New Zealand governments strengthen COVID-19 response

Australia and New Zealand have significantly stepped up measures to try and contain the rapid spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic. Australia has enforced new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, with the closures of non-essential services, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms and libraries…

Coordinate labour and deliveries

Lincolnshire produce companies pull together to supply care homes and food banks

While are hearing about people hoarding, panic buying and other anti-social behaviour it is easy to think the worst of our society, but there are always people who are willing to go that extra mile to help others and this very true in the fresh produce industry. Fresh Produce Network was set up last year…

Romain Cools, FVPhouse

“This virus's long-term effects on the fruit and vegetable sector can't yet be estimated”

On Wednesday, even stricter measures were put in place in Belgium to try and combat the spread of the coronavirus. The intention is that, until 5 April, people stay put. They…

"We are at the disposal of the authorities to help maintain the supply of fruit"

ASOEX has made a press statement due to the state of catastrophe in Chile: We have a duty to express our opinion regarding the declaration of the state of catastrophe…

Turkey exports $8 mln worth of tomatoes due to Russia boosting import quota

Since the Russian Federation decided to increase the quota of tomatoes imported from Turkey, Turkish exporters have sent over $8 million worth of tomatoes, says Aegean…

Poor weather slashes Sh10bn in horticulture

Export of fresh produce from Kenya down 46 percent

Kenya's fresh produce exports to the European Union have dropped by 46 percent in the last two weeks, due to the global spread of the coronavirus. This has led to complete or…

Fragile world food supply is strained

Global warehouses are stuffed with frozen cuts of pork, wheels of cheese and bags of rice. But as the coronavirus snarls logistical operations, the question becomes: How does…

Michel Jansen (Total Produce) and Eric van Arendonk (Nature's Pride) about insecurity in the import market:

"It's very hard to make decisions about trade that will arrive in in three to four weeks"

The impact of the Corona virus is also significant in the import trade. "All employees who can work from home are doing so in our company. With the exception of the quality…

Futura srl stops temporarily to restart stronger than ever

Futura, a company that designs, manufactures, installs and provides assistance for produce processing machinery, has announced that the production facility will remain closed at least until March 23rd.  “We have decided to suspend production considering the current situation. There may be a few delays, but they…

Raising €3.2 million to feed Londoners

UK start-up Oddbox features sustainable fruit & veg box

UK start-up Oddbox, who is behind one of Britain’s first sustainable fruit and vegetable box delivery service, is planning to expand nationwide after securing approximately €3.2 million from the Northern Venture Capital Trust (VCT) Funds. Oddbox was founded in 2016 and works with farmers to supply…

Jurgen De Witte, Group A. De Witte, Belgium

“Still supply from Southern Europe, but takes longer and is costlier than usual”

"The coronavirus is certainly affecting us. But, for imports, things are not that bad yet. The supply of overseas products is still continuing. That could, however, change rapidly. Flights are being scrapped, and we hope the ports will keep functioning. Fruit and vegetables from Southern Europe are still…

Distributor pleads for measures to save Norwegian cultivation season

Bama and Gartnerhallen are guaranteeing that there is sufficient fruit, vegetables, and potatoes available in Norway. Bama is a fruit and vegetable distributor in that…

'Supplies of pears from overseas gained in importance'

The supply of pears from overseas has gained in importance: in addition to Bon Chretien and Rosemarie, Cheeky came in from South Africa as well, and their presence expanded noticeably. Flamingo has so far only arrived in Hamburg. Argentina sent over their Williams Christ. Chile participated with Carmen,…

Sébastien Pelka, Direct Market:

“We must redirect local production to supermarkets that lack products”

“Local producers can play an important role in this time of crisis,” reports Sébastien Pelka of Direct Market. “The coronavirus has caused shortages in supermarkets for basic products, including fruits and vegetables. Supermarkets are struggling to get their supplies. At the same time, local producers…

Coronavirus update

“There will be no shortage of food”

As Emmanuel Macron announced the strengthening of precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus, the fruit and vegetable sector is getting organized. As with many companies, teleworking is preferred whenever possible. On the French market at the moment, the sales of some products have…

Paravai and Mattuthavani vegetable markets

India: No storage facility, but vegetable markets will not close

Officials from the large vegetable markets at Paravai and Mattuthavani have decided that they will not shut down but continue to receive their supplies though they have no facility to store the perishable vegetables. The Paravai vegetable market on the city's outskirts sees about 50 to 60 lorries from…

Due to cross-border movement restrictions

Canadian growers concerned as planting season nears

The restrictions placed on cross-border movement stemming from the pandemic has many farmers growing concerned as planting season looms. Vegetable growers in the Holland March…

Azerbaijan reduced export of fruit and veg by 20% in January-February 2020

In January-February 2020, Azerbaijan exported 62,966 thousand tons of fruits and vegetables worth $ 75 million 556.37 thousand, as reported by the State Customs Committee…

Gary Marshall -Bevington Salads

Wholesale markets diversifying to cope with loss of hospitality trade

At New Covent Garden Market a wholesale market in the heart of London which supplies the hospitality trade, there is obviously less demand from the hospitality trade, but hospitals and care homes still need fresh produce. Schools will close on Friday for an indefinite period. As the situation changes…

USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable National Shipping Point Trends

‘Raspberry movement from Mexico expected to increase’

The USDA creates a report, containing fruit and vegetable shipping trends and trade, supply, and price information by type and state/region of origin. Information about…

Jorge Valenzuela, Fedefruta

"We are coordinating actions to ensure food supply in Chile"

Jorge Valenzuela Trebilcock, the president of the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta), issued a statement about the global and national emergency caused by the…

European potato market (week 12)

“Processing potatoes are largely absent on the market”

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Processing potatoes: no quotation this week due to an almost complete lack of industrial buyers (given the great uncertainties on the short-term trade of finished products). However, packaging is going well, for the domestic…

Dutch wholesalers, Michel van den Berg and Wijnand de Mooij, respond

Do stores and market vendors compensate for the loss of catering clients?

The Rotterdam market closed on Friday. Companies in the hospitality industry followed suite over the weekend. "That is, in total, 50% of our client base. So it does affect us," says wholesaler, Wijnand de Mooij from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. "In contrast, our loyal Turkish, Moroccan, and Polish…

Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands combine their Interbranch Organizations

The four Interbranch Organizations from France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands operating in the fresh produce sector (Interfel, Hortiespana, Ortofrutta Italia and BO G&F NL) met in Paris over the past few weeks to set up a board of European IOs by adhering to Freshfel in order to promote the European…

Spanish agriculture is having a second Christmas campaign

The anomalous increase in the demand for fruits and vegetables and the hoarding caused by the health alert in Spain has collaterally led the primary sector to live a second…

"The price of many fruits and vegetables has gone up again"

Spanish supermarkets stock up again after massive buying

In the past week, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has led many consumers to make large purchases, resulting in empty shelves at given times. This past Saturday, some auctions have broken records as far as the entry of horticultural products is concerned. Many agricultural producers have been…

Airfreight rates skyrocket

Will border closures and flight reductions impact produce imports?

“These are very strange times and the information we are receiving is very fluid,” says Chris Sarantis with Montreal-based Canadawide who imports produce from all over the world to be distributed in Canada’s larger metropolitan areas including Toronto and Montreal. “Changes are occurring constantly, and…

Iran: Annual horticultural output at nearly 13 mln tons

On Tuesday, citing a Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) survey, the IRNA reported that Iran’s horticultural output is expected to reach 13 million tons in the current Iranian…

Uwe Sakowski, Josef Stapf Großmarkt LLC:

"Precautions vary from stand to stand"

The corona virus has a firm grip on the German wholesale markets. While the retail trade is barely able to keep up with the volumes, the catering trade customers are almost falling away. Uwe Sakowski from Josef Stapf Großmarkt knows this: "We see a certain amount of hectic situations and panic, but we…

"Don’t fear eating your fruits and veggies"

Modern supermarkets with their many open displays of fruits and vegetables are truly a marvel and a reminder that the U.S. enjoys a safe and abundant food supply. However, in the face of the current nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, many questions about the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables have arisen.…

The grape season still providing smiles for one Australian farm in the midst of virus outbreak

An Australian grape producer says he is having a great season, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has spread across the world. Enrique Rossi from Budou Farms in Western Victoria, says that this year's crop is bigger than expected, with overall large sizes (although no Jumbo size grapes) so he is very…

CEO Steven Martina of The Greenery:

"Volumes surpass those of Christmas and Easter"

There were bizarre scenes in Dutch supermarkets over the weekend. Not only was toilet paper, hand soap, and pasta being sold out. It seems, despite being told to take care, people were also hoarding fruit and vegetables. The Dutch Food Trade Central Bureau (CBL) says some consumers are buying more than…

Record amounts of New Zealand fruit and vegetables exported

In 2019, New Zealand exported a record amount of fresh fruit and vegetables - a total of 1,38 million tons. That is five percent more than in 2018. It is also even a little more than in their record 2016 year. In 2019, these exports represented a value of NZ$ 2,4 billion. The kiwi is, by far, the most…

Agricultural exports Iran exceed US$5 billion in 11 months

Iran exported 6.348 million tons of agricultural products worth US$5.204 billion in the first 11 months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2019- February 19, 2020). Over 22.659 million tons of such products worth $11.648 billion were also imported during this period, Shahrokh Shajari , the…

Spanish horticultural sector enforces measures to guarantee the supply

The need to ensure the supply of fresh food while guaranteeing the safety of workers has led the fruit and vegetable sector to implement prevention measures in production centers and in greenhouses, both to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure the production process is not interrupted. In…

In Malaga, they have even tripled in a week

Stockpiling in Spain is causing increase in fruit and veg prices

The declaration of the state of alarm in Spain due to the spread of the coronavirus has triggered the stockpiling of food in the country. Although the supply is guaranteed, as…

North American retailers likely to benefit from ‘panic shopping’

Panic buying grocery spurts resulted in photos of empty store shelves on social and mainstream media throughout the weekend. Where is all of this leaving the produce industry in the US and Canada? Let’s start with the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), a region with a significant number of COVID-19 cases. “The…

Consumers need not worry about lack of fresh produce amid COVID-19 outbreak

European fresh produce sector guarantees continuous supply of safe & high quality fresh fruit & vegetables

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak across Europe the European fresh fruit and vegetable sector has increased efforts to ensure a continuous and diverse supply of safe, high quality…

The Council published a handbook to operate in complete safety

Turnover dropped by 50 percent at the Ortomercato Milano

"The shutdown of both local and open-air markets has significantly reduced the demand for fruit and vegetables. To date, the chain of users at our Ortomercato is reduced to wholesalers in the nearby provinces, shops, discount stores and logistics platforms that distribute to several supermarkets." This was…

Ontario food suppliers hit by COVID-19-related school closures

Ontario food suppliers say Thursday’s announcement to close more than 4,800 Ontario elementary and high schools for two weeks following March Break to battle the COVID-19 pandemic swirling the globe is going to be painful. “These closures mean lost sales, lost revenues and less work for my staff…

National Retail Report Specialty Crops - update

US: Significant increases in price for fruit this week included only avocados

Given the current COVID-19 situation, US retailers were challenged to draw shoppers in this week. Saint Patrick's Day was the major focus of almost all flyers, with cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, corned beef, and Irish soda bread widely promoted. Lemons were showcased with seafood for Lent. Citrus…

Jos Caubo (ZON): "Large number of office workers work from home"

Working from home in the fresh produce trade. Does it work?

Working from home; does that work for large fresh produce companies? "Your question comes at a good time. I just came in - had just worked from home - with a few people here…

High export costs slow down the expansion of Spanish citrus

The Spanish citrus fruits' diversification of markets in distant destinations is an alternative to avoid saturating the EU markets. However, the high logistics costs and bureaucratic complications associated with exporting mean that, in many cases, the theoretical openings of distant markets doesn't…

Portugal becomes Spain's third largest fruit and veg supplier

In 2019, the Spanish import of fruits and vegetables from Portugal grew by 16% in terms of volume and by 6% in terms of value compared to 2018, totaling 304,001 tons and 190 million Euro, respectively, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes. This has turned Portugal into the…

Fruit & vegetable export targets Vietnam unlikely to be achieved this year

According to the Việt Nam Fruit and Vegetables Association, the fruit and vegetable export volumes are unlikely to hit the target of US$4-5 billion that were originally set…

Chinese fruit and vegetable trade to Kazakhstan resuming

In the past few days, many tons of fruit and vegetables were again on loaded trucks that drove to the Chinese border city of Horgos from Kazakhstan. These return to…

Local vegetable markets Qatar to remain open throughout the week

Qatar's Ministry of Municipality and Environment has announced that all five local produce yards, usually only opened during weekends, will now remain open throughout the…

Indian vegetable traders keep away from wholesale markets

In India, the fear of being infected by COVID-19 has kept vegetable dealers away from wholesale markets, leading to a drop in prices in the Belagavi Agricultural Produce…

Turkmenistan to increase vegetable, potato and onion production

In Turkmenistan, all necessary measures are being taken to increase the production of potatoes, vegetables and onions on a scientific basis. This was made clear in a statement…

Fresh fruit and vegetables are top goods

Turkey: Exports to Russia rise 26% in first two months

Recent data shows that Turkey’s exports to Russia hit over $700 million in the first two months of this year. This is in effect a 26% increase compared to a year earlier. More…

Australia: Coronavirus pandemic drives strong demand for local fruit and vegetables

A this point in time, Australian consumers appear to be rushing to boost their immunity with locally grown vegetables. For Mr Ipsen, who is based in the West Australian food bowl of Manjimup, this means he is kind of working in one of the few industries enjoying a windfall from the COVID-19 pandemic.…

New Zealand growers claim supermarkets demand perfection, so pesticides are indispensable

According to New Zealand growers, the nation’s supermarkets demand perfectly formed fruit and vegetables. However, this level of perfection requires pesticides. The biggest supermarkets - Countdown, Pak 'n Save and New World - dictate the colour, shape and size that growers must adhere to in order to get…

Severe rise in fruit and veg prices in Bulgaria

A severe rise in the price of some fruits and vegetables has been reported on the wholesale markets in Bulgaria, traders told Profit.bg. The increases apply mostly to imported…

Andy Weir - Reynolds

Shift in demand from food service to retail as people stay at home

As the coronavirus starts to take hold in the UK many people are choosing to work from home, they are also eating out less and many big sporting events were cancelled over the…

Greek fresh produce exports increased in 2019 and January 2020

Greek fruit and vegetable exports increased in terms of volume and value in January 2020. The good news, based on ELSTAT data,  is that exports continued to record an all-time high…

Mango farmers affected

India: Export of fruit and vegetables to Middle East & Europe takes a hit

Indian exporters have reported a drop of 25 per cent in business revenues as transportation charges by air and sea have shot up drastically. They also fear that the worst is…

"Russian citizens should for at least 90% be provided with Russian-produced vegetables"

Russian delegation to visit Tashkent for bilateral negotiations on Uzbek fruits and vegetables

A delegation from Russia’s Primorsky Region, headed by the deputy head of the regional authority Konstantin Shestakov, will visit the Uzbek capital Tashkent to hold bilateral…

COVID-19 epidemic highlights supply chain problems in China's agricultural industry

Many Chinese fruit and vegetable companies faced serious challenges during the period after Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020] because of the COVID-19 epidemic. On the…

"Some supermarket chains have placed orders that are impossible to meet"

Large retailers in Spain increase their fruit and vegetable orders due to fear of the coronavirus

The demand for fruit and vegetables from the Region of Madrid, the Basque Country and other areas with high rates of people infected with COVID-19 (coronavirus) has increased markedly in the last 3 days since the cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health have started to skyrocket. The most obvious case…

Ghana’s top food-export destination in West Africa is Burkina Faso

According to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, that Burkina Faso is Ghana’s top export destination for its foodstuffs in the West Africa region. From 2015 to 2019, Ghana has seen an increase in food export with a corresponding revenue of GH¢868.13 million (€139 mln). The Ministry has credited the…

Russian retailer Magnit to increase purchases of domestically produced vegetables by 80%

Russia’s Magnit retail network plans to increase vegetable production in its greenhouse complexes by 30% in 2020. It is also set on increasing direct purchases from Russian producers by 80%. This will reduce the dependence on imported products. In 2020, Magnit plans to launch the first phase of the…

Meeting on starting fruit and veg cargo flights states north-east India

A team of officials from private airline SpiceJet will be coming to Nashik on March 16 to explore the possibilities of starting cargo flights to transport vegetables and…

Viva Fresh Expo will be postponed or canceled

Concerns about COVID-19 are escalating and the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) and the Viva Fresh Steering Committee have decided not to move forward with the…

Morocco was Spain's main fruit and vegetable supplier in terms of value in 2019

Spanish fruit and vegetable imports in 2019 totaled 3.3 million tons, the same amount as in 2018, while the value grew by 7% and stood at 2,939 million Euro. France is Spain's…

Rwandan horticulturalists: Lack of reliable market continues to undermine sector

The Rwandan horticultural sector currently contributes about 50 per cent of non-traditional exports, according to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). However, the government has an ambitious plan to position horticulture as one of the sectors to help grow the country’s export revenues. At the same time…

For its part, Mercadona guarantees the supply at its Spanish stores

Lidl orders extra supplies in Madrid, Barcelona and Vitoria due to fear of the coronavirus

The supermarket chain Lidl contacted its regular suppliers on Tuesday morning to inform them that it urgently needed to make some extra purchases. According to an email to…

Emirates SkyCargo assists Pakistan’s exporters reach new markets

Operating in Pakistan since 1985, Emirates SkyCargo has been a facilitator of that country’s trade by connecting businesses and markets to 155-plus destinations across six continents. Emirates SkyCargo is the freight division of Emirates and it crossed an important milestone and set a new record by…

Jamaican PM urges retailers to promote local produce

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness is calling for supermarket suppliers to reduce food imports and promote more home-grown produce. “I’m not here saying that we must not…

Shane Talling - Veg UK

Delayed planting may lead to gap in supply

All areas of the UK have been affected by the prolonged period of heavy rainfall and now growers are who are struggling with harvesting crops are also facing challenging conditions while trying plant new season crops. Shane Talling  from Veg-UK Ltd which has growers in Kent and Lincolnshire said that in Kent at…

Spanish supermarkets rule out the risk of shortages due to the coronavirus

Sources in the distribution sector have told Efeagro that they are ruling out the risk of shortages in stores as a result of the coronavirus and claim that the supply is guaranteed, despite registering a greater influx of customers than usual. They also highlighted that the pictures with empty shelves…

Slightly slower pace on the Rungis market

While Covid-19 is still all over the media, according to some professionals of the fruit and vegetable sector, the virus seems to have only a limited impact for now on the…

Iranian exports to Eurasian Economic Union grow by 105%

Spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), Seyyed Rouhollah Latifi, announced on Tuesday that exports to Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries…

Kazakhstan: 425 tonnes of Iranian fruits denied entry into country

Phyto-sanitary control state inspectors of the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry suppressed 26 attempts of illegal entry of a combined amount of 560 tonnes of plant products of high…

International demand strong despite coronavirus

Thailand’s fruit exports on sure footing

Thailand's fruit exports are expected to stay intact this year in terms of value, as the international demand for Thai fruit -including the Chinese demand- remains strong despite the corona situation. Paiboon Wongchotesathit, president of Thai Fresh Fruit Traders & Exporters Association, said the…

'On the road to break a new kiwi export record'

Greek exports soared in January

Greek exports remained on an upward trend in January of this year, extending last year’s course which led to new historic records. This all offered an encouraging outlook on the 2020 exports, along with a 9.8 pct drop in the trade deficit in the first month of the year. Exports to the EU and third countries rose in January…

AMTA managing director, Lucas Lungameni:

“Zimbabwe can reclaim status as large fruit and vegetable producer”

Marketing and Trade Agency of Namibia (AMTA) managing director, Lucas Lungameni, believes Zimbabwe can reclaim its status as one of the biggest producers of fresh vegetables…

Says: “Top of South Island economy is in good shape”

New Zealand government assuages economic Covid-19 worries

Industry leaders and government ministers say the economic outlook in the top of the south Island is okay, despite the perennial problem of seasonal worker shortages and the Covid-19 worries, as peak harvest looms for grapes and other fruit crops. Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Minister of…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

Cox orange group dropped 7 percent, other late season varieties up 7%

This series gives the average wholesale prices fruit and vegetables, and -seperately- 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. Click here for a larger image. Average…

Andalusian agricultural producers will block the Port of Algeciras on March 12

Under the slogan "Unfair competition, NO!", agricultural producers from all provinces in Andalusia will gather on Thursday, March 12 to block the terminal of the Port of…

Chinese fruit producers pay three times more for distribution than last year

Hortipolaris is an agricultural company located in Beijing. The company specializes in plantation and trade of greenhouse fruit and vegetables. Since the outbreak of the corona virus, Hortipolaris has actively responded to the market to stabilize prices and expand production. The company maintained a…


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