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Q1 2020 FreshFacts® on Retail report available now

United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2020 issue of FreshFacts® on Retail reports on the beginning weeks of the unprecedented rise in in-home food and beverage consumption…

Jay Beiler

Agro experts: US growers must diversify in post-pandemic world

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, few industries have been quite as essential to the nation as agriculture. From pickers crouching for nine hours a day to scoop up strawberries to…

New Texas A&M AgriLife report Meysam Rezvani Abkenari

Overview of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University in College Station has released a new report providing details and insights into the Coronavirus Food…

Canadian growers face an uncertain future Modfos

British Columbia food production too dependent on foreign workers

Border disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic have B.C. facing a shortfall of up to 8,000 temporary foreign workers this year, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says. The…

Vanguard CEO Craig Stauffer discusses COVID-19 impacts

"As an industry, fresh produce has historically weathered economic storms well"

As foodservice industry closures have largely impacted the fresh produce growers and consumer demand, Craig Stauffer, CEO of Vanguard International has penned a statement on the impacts COVID-19 has had on this topic.  "The closures of restaurants, hotels, and schools have left growers with heaps of fresh…

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Bangladesh still reeling one week after cyclone

Rezaul Islam wades through waist-high water, a sack of rice on his head salvaged from what remains of his home, a week after a cyclone savaged Bangladesh and eastern India.…

Turkish crop production – first estimate Surya Nair

Estimated apple production growth of 7.2%

In the first estimation of 2020, production volumes of cereals and other crops, vegetables and fruits, beverage and spices crops will increase by 7.3%, 0.8% and 5.3%…

Hort Innovation launches fruit, veg and nuts campaign to support Australian growers

In Australia, growers have faced numerous challenges including drought, floods and bushfires. COVID-19 has thrown challenges to the nation impacting mental wellbeing and mood…

Trocphunc

Vietnam: South-central region adjusts farming schedules amid severe drought

The south-central region of Vietnam is estimated to have 51,000 – 70,000 ha of farmlands facing a water shortage and a temporary halt to cultivation until there is rain or…

Second wave of locusts leaves millions food insecure Wrangel

East Africa sees locusts return

As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Africa, East Africa is facing another crisis. A second wave of desert locusts is threatening to ruin new crops just a few months after initial swarms hit…

Karenr

COVID-19 lessons for South African growers

As the South African economy is struggling its way through the various lockdown levels, more lessons become apparent about the fragile links that enable the various sectors to…

Vinh Dao

US becomes largest supplier of fruits and vegetables to Vietnam

In the first four months of 2020, the US has become Vietnam’s largest supplier of fruits and vegetables, recording a 44% increase year-on-year in export value to $102.1 million, according to the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association. According to Vietnamnet, Vietnam's overall fruit and vegetable…

Gastronome Tetsuya Yamahara is building a second mainstay with cooking boxes:

"We ship cooking boxes of traditional Japanese food all over Germany"

The Kabuki is a well-known restaurant on Frankfurt's Kaiserstraße, where Tetsuya Yamahara has been preparing traditional Japanese cuisine since 1989. To combat the financial losses caused by the restaurant closures, Yamahara had to come up with a solution quickly. As we hear so often these days, he had wanted…

"On our farm alone, we were throwing away around five metric tonnes a week"

An Australian company making the most out of fresh produce waste

A Queensland-based food manufacturing company is continuing to expand its operations and product-base, using the excess produce and waste from growers around Australia. Natural Evolution Foods, from Walkamin in the state's Far-North, started making products from bananas 10 years ago after realising the…

Farmers to Families Food Box and CFAP programs discussed at this week's PMA virtual town hall

This week’s virtual town hall featured Bruce Summers of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Hunt Shipman of Cornerstone Government Affairs. The topics of discussion were the overall progress of the Farmers to Families Food box Program, as well as the recently announced CFAP program. This special…

Spanish fruit and veg exports increased by 12% in first quarter of 2020

According to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, during the first quarter of the year, the value of Spain's fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the EU amounted to 4,205 million Euro. This is 92% of the total and 12% more than in the same period of the previous year. Between January…

Lenneke Pors-Schot

Significant growth of Egyptian fruit and veg exports to Europe

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, Egypt's fruit and vegetable exports have increased. The demand for Egyptian products in European countries is on the rise, as reported…

After-effects of intense heat wave Hugoht

Israel sees agricultural losses and record electricity usage

Israel is still reeling from a six-day heatwave that scorched the country with temperatures reaching 40oC (104oFahrenheit) in most parts of the country. The Israel…

Thomas Jurkowski

Tanzania horticulture exports hurt by border closures

Horticulture is one of Tanzania’s economic pillars, but now the closure of the border between Tanzania and Kenya has hit Dar’s horticulture sector - due to long delays at the…

Oregon State University study

US Produce Incentive Program boosts healthy eating

A national programme that offers financial incentives to enable low-income consumers to purchase more fruits and vegetables has shown great success in Oregon, according to a…

US: Fresh produce sales held their elevated ground in week of May 17

Two months after panic purchases drove the biggest sales weeks in the history of modern grocery retailing, coronavirus-related shopping patterns for produce appear to be settling into a steady elevated trend line. In between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, the week of May 17 was relatively free of…

Businesses advised to stay alert amidst UK supply chain imbalance

With an under-supply in some areas and surplus in others, the current global situation has led to a severe imbalance in supply and demand across the food industry. Experts…

'Next government should focus more on food sustainability' Adrianadh

Ireland imported 72,000 tonnes of potatoes

According to a Laois-Offaly TD, the importation of thousands of tonnes of potatoes and other foods worth billions of euro highlights the need for a greater focus on food…

Mexico's agri-food sector will grow by 2% in 2020

Before the explosion of the coronavirus in Mexico, the National Agricultural Council (CNA) expected the agri-food sector to grow by 4.5% in 2020. Due to the pandemic, the…

Kareen Broodryk

Two Rwamagana districts are becoming key suppliers of Rwandan produce

About 25 kilometres from Kigali lies the Karenge Sector, Rwamagana District in the Eastern Province. It is a key source of bananas, vegetables and other cash crops for…

Result of stringent COVID-19 guidelines Joshua Wanyama

Kenya: Border delays spoil business for Kisumu traders

Traders at Kisumu’s Jubilee market have made massive losses following transport delays at the Kenya-Uganda border as a result of stringent COVID-19 guidelines. The traders,…

Sellers slash prices as industry pressures settle & produce comes out of Queensland Aleksandr Vorobev

Price of fresh fruit and vegetables to plummet in parts of Australia

In recent months droughts, fires and floods have seen the cost of some fresh fruit and vegetables soar. That said, now is the right time to buy, with sellers slashing prices…

Anton Turovsky on quality inspections of imported fresh produce by Russian supermarkets

“You should not blindly rely on Russian supermarkets for quality inspections”

The Russian fresh produce market is dominated by retail chains who import directly. According to an independent quality control surveyor based in Saint-Petersburg, Russian supermarkets systematically exaggerate quality issues upon arrival of the containers and exporters could be losing money if they…

UK farmers predict surging food prices as industry is 40,000 pickers short

The National Farmers Union has revealed that they still need to recruit as many as 40,000 British fruit and veg pickers to help tackle the harvest. On an average year, 70,000…

New government proposal Michele Jackson

'More Czech food in Czech stores'

According to a proposal that will be discussed by the Czech parliament this week, the nation’s stores should be obliged to sell at least 55% of local foodstuffs in 2021, a…

India: Mango Board & Flipkart join hands for home delivery

The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC) on Tuesday officially partnered with Flipkart to supply mangoes to consumers’ doorsteps at no extra…

Exports to the Far East stepped up as well Maximn

Turkish minister claims the nation has no food supply security problem

According to Turkey’s agriculture and forestry minister, his nation has not seen any shortage in agricultural product supply during the pandemic, thanks to the correct…

Total of 2,093 acres lost or not planted

California: Monterey County examines impacts of COVID-19 on agriculture

The results of a survey intended to better understand how Covid-19 has impacted Monterey County agriculture was released May 4 by Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales.…

Oleksiy Boyko

New difficulties, familiar problems and good expectations for Russian spring season

This year the sowing campaign takes place under special conditions, but the potato industry hopes that all the problems that this spring brought will remain in the distant…

Market Report May 2020 Aileen Gau

'Restrictions in Europe are severely impacting production and exports'

The Covid-19 pandemic is dominating the situation worldwide. Whilst countries in Europe are beginning to ease the lockdown but still follow the principal of social distancing,…

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US cold chain suppliers keep going strong at Port of Savannah

Import numbers have remained steady from origin nations across regions such as South and Central America amid COVID-19 concerns. Total refrigerated imports reached 26,230…

Andalusian products account for two out of every five Euro of Spanish sales

Andalusia achieves new record in fruit and veg exports

Andalusia has broken a new record in fruit and vegetable sales abroad, with 2,192 million Euro exported in the first quarter of 2020. This is an all-time high for the first three months of the year since there are comparable records (1995) and entails an 8.6% growth compared to the same period of 2019.…

Zatletic

COVID-19 boosts local demand for premium fruits and vegetables in India

Indian growers and processors of premium fruits and vegetables are increasingly focusing on the domestic market and tying up with delivery chains like Swiggy, as home demand for top-end perishables has increased while exports have reduced. Domestic consumers are willing to pay a premium to get hygienic…

NAEB interventions could enable Rwanda’s horti exports recovery

To return any sense of normalcy to Rwanda’s horticulture export, the volumes of weekly exports will have to rise from a  current capacity of 30-35 tonnes to between 80-100 tonnes,…

Governments of Tanzania and Kenya

Dar es Salaam - Nairobi truce saved horticulture from ruin

The governments in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi have agreed that cargos and conveyors should be offloaded at destination unless there's a special agreement with cargo owners. In…

Consequences of COVID-19 lockdown in India Jozsef Zoltan Varga

Despite bumper crop, prices of farm produce lowest in recent years

A kilogram of farm fresh cherries sold at Rs 30 at Shimla wholesale market in Himachal Pradesh. Mangoes sold for Rs 25 per kilogram at Saharanpur market in Uttar Pradesh.…

Growers in West Bengal and Odisha badly affected Lavizzara

Food prices rising in West Bengal due to Cyclone Amphan

Vegetables prices have shot up in the city and its neighbouring areas in the aftermath of the extremely severe Cyclone Amphan as the heavy rains which accompanied it have…

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No substantial progress in EU-UK negotiations

In his Friday press conference, EU lead negotiator Michel Barnier expressed disappointment that the discussions did not advance any further on some of the more complex…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average week price of Costa Rican bananas at £0.79 / kg

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The average week price of Costa Rican bananas for week 21 was at £0.79…

Spanish import of Moroccan fruit and veg increased in March

According to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, the Spanish import of fruits and vegetables in March totaled 337,445 tons worth 316 million Euro. This is 4% more in terms of volume and 7% more in terms of value compared to the previous year. Regarding vegetables, the volume imported…

The UK will start applying tariffs to Canary tomatoes, cucumbers and bananas in 2021

Canary fruit and vegetable exports to the United Kingdom (an important market for products from the archipelago) could be affected by the new tariffs that the country will…

"Consumer behavior in China changes after COVID outbreak"

Over recent months, fresh produce e-commerce in China has taken off. Whether it’s for large e-commerce companies or small and medium-sized community-based group-buy platforms,…

Vladimir Pogorelov

Consortium aims to inspire Australians to eat their fruit and veg

For many Australians, eating fruit and vegetables is a tough sell. According to government data, only 7 per cent of adults and 5 per cent of children eat sufficient serves of…

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Zimbabwe: Saviour Kasukuwere farm take-over scuttles US$5 mln investment

After the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) denied citrus producer Saviour Kasukuwere an export licence, his thriving ‘Cornucopia’ Farm in Mashonaland Central province was taken…

Due to Plateau State lockdown Ruletkka

Nigeria: Fruit traders in Jos lament dropping sales

Fruit sellers in Jos, the administrative capital and largest city of Nigeria’s Plateau State, are speaking of poor sales due to the total lockdown imposed by the state…

Kyrylo Lutsenko

Study takes a new view on storing tomatoes in the fridge

It’s a well-known question: should tomatoes go in the fridge with other fruit, or not? A contentious new study suggests it might not matter where we put this fruit so long as…

Ruletkka

Myanmar & China to check out trade good delays at the border

The Myanmar and Chinese authorities say traders are incurring losses due to restrictions at border gates and that field visits will be used to attempt to resolve the issues.…

Opening plant in Yokohama, Japan

Fresh Del Monte Produce continues international push

On May 22nd, Fresh Del Monte Produce cut the ribbon on its new fresh-cut vegetable and fruit plant in Japan today. The facility has been under construction since 2019 and cost…

Simona Matthews - AgriCoat Nature Seal

"Already with lock down measures easing, we are seeing signs of a recovery"

AgriCoat NatureSeal offers solutions for maintaining shelf life in across a broad range of sectors of the fresh produce industry. "Our Semperfresh family of products are edible coatings, developed from plant-based ingredients designed to maintain quality and shelf life in traditional, whole fruits and…

But what is it actually bringing in?

Russia imports over $5 billion worth of fruits & vegetables a year

Check out this handy infographic on the top ten imported produce varieties Russians can’t get enough of.

Andreas Zeitler

Bangladesh

Chattogram Port Authority handles 319,000 containers in 56 days

The Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) has handled over 319,000 containers in 56 days of general holiday across the country during the global epidemic. The Transport Department of CPA has given this information after calculating data from March 26 to May 20. At least 87,398 tonnes of onion, 8,275 tonnes of…

Green Party wants Swiss government to subsidize vegetables

Switzerland’s Green Liberal Party is urging the country to subsidize vegetables instead of meat. Plant-based diets are steadily growing in popularity in Switzerland, according…

Using technology to bolster trust and security along fresh produce supply chains

The need for integrity systems it is becoming more and more common in the fresh produce industry, according to a leading Australian traceability and information service company. Andrew Grant, Co-founder of Trust Provenance says a combination of different processes are used by a company to protect their…

Artsiom Petrushenka

Indian and Bangladesh mango fields devastated by cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan has dealt a crushing blow to Bangladesh's mango growers, as they are confronted with huge losses from the widespread damage it caused to orchards and fruits…

As climate change causes water shortages in Tiền Giang Stepan Khadzhi

Vietnamese rice farmers switch to fruits and vegetables

More and more rice farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tiền Giang have switched to other crops as part of efforts to adapt to climate change. In Cai Lậy and Cái…

Recipe box company sees +452% spike in demand during lock down

When the lock down came into place it meant big changes for many people. Empty supermarket shelves or more recently big queues to get in and suddenly some people found themselves not working or working from home and having more time on their hands for cooking. Wholesalers had to adapt quickly as the food…

New pest infestation, after the Fall Armyworm Gordon Miller

Northeastern India: State of Nagaland reports inchworm attacks on crops

As if the COVID-19 lockdown wasn't bad enough, crops in Nagaland are under attack from a moth larva commonly known as inchworm. Officials of the Agriculture Department said…

Gertrude Snoei

Bulgarian fruit and veg producers want reduction of VAT

Economists' predictions that with the introduction of a lower VAT for restaurants, many other sectors would demand similar reductions have come true. 20 branch organizations…

The Unió de Llauradors denounces considerable increases in fresh fruits and potatoes

"Large Spanish food chains are taking advantage of the crisis to raise prices"

The Unió de Llauradors has denounced in a statement that large food chains and intermediaries are taking advantage of the situation caused by the pandemic to raise prices to…

Foodie’s Carnival online shopping event Freerlaw

JD sells 27,000 tons of fresh products in a week

During its Foodie’s Carnival online shopping event, Chinese e-commerce giant JD has registered sales of 27,000 tonnes of fresh products. Among these were 4,531 tonnes of…

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Indian fruit and vegetable exports drop 70% during lockdown

Exports of fruits and vegetables have fallen by about 70% since the lockdown began in late March, largely because of high air freight charges, according to exporters and officials. Fruit and vegetable exporters prefer to send cargo via flight to ensure quality and freshness of their products. But with…

Andhra Pradesh government launches Andhra Greens website

Recently, Andhra Pradesh State Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu stated that the government would take care of the state’s growers, ensuring they would not be affected under any circumstances. In this backdrop, on Wednesday he launched the Andhra Greens website for marketing agricultural and…

Onion price falls to Rs 8 per kg Junkgirl

Tomato prices in New Delhi wholesale market drop to Rs 1-2 per kg

Tomato prices have crashed to Rs 1-2 per kg while onions have fallen to about Rs 8 per kg in Delhi’s wholesale market because of weak demand and strong supply in the harvest…

Texas specialty crops hit hard by COVID-19

The Texas specialty crop sector -consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables- has been one of the hardest hit sectors of agriculture due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according…

Ahmedabad district, State of Gujarat Radiokafka

Indian vegetable vendors selling produce at high mark-ups

The lockdown and temporary ban on the sale of vegetables had sent the vegetable prices skyrocketing in the retail market. Vegetable vendors are now ascribing high prices to…

President of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation Diane Edwards:

‘Take advantage of untapped markets’

Diane Edwards is the president of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (Jampro). Last week, she called on players in the agricultural sector to ramp up production and take…

Brazilian retail tycoon Diniz praises response of local supermarkets

Brazilian retail veteran and Carrefour SA board member Abílio Diniz has said that retailers in Brazil were faster than those in some European countries to adopt new protocols…

Aleksandar Mijatovic

US: South New Jersey growers have had to seriously adapt this season

Tomatoes are New Jersey’s most valuable vegetable, but Bob and Leda Muth might cut production of the crop this year. With restaurants and other foodservice businesses still…

Hafakot

India's online grocery market may top $3 billion in 2020 sales

According to various analysts and industry executives, India’s online grocery market could top $3 billion in sales this year, a 76% increase over last year, as the spike in…

Significant increase of Greek fresh fruit and veg exports in first quarter of 2020

Greek fresh fruit and vegetable exports have increased significantly in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period last year, according to data published by ELSTAT and processed by the Greek Association of Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporters and Processing Companies (Incofruit - Hellas). The…

Australian stone fruit growers focusing on the positives in challenging season

The Australian stone fruit industry is 'quite pleased' with the 2019/20 season, which featured increased values, despite several challenges domestically and internationally. Summerfruit Australia CEO Trevor Ranford noted that different growing areas had some hail in a couple of regions across the season,…

PMA virtual town hall

COVID-19 precautions and protocols are driving up cost of production

This week’s PMA virtual town hall was entitled “Executive Perspectives on Managing Through the Crisis Period” and saw a return of the panelists who spoke earlier in the series…

Michigan growers feel the impacts of the floods

The recent flooding in central Michigan has impacted several growers, right after many of them wrapped up planting. Allyson Maxwell from Hope, Michigan says, “We’re about five miles south of where that first dam broke, the Edenville Dam.” Allyson Maxwell farms with her husband Peter to grow about…

New salad kits to feature flavors from around the world

Eat Smart, the plant-centered, chef-inspired, 100% clean, fresh salad kit company, and a Curation Foods brand, continues to show consumers that the foods they should eat can also be the foods they want to eat. Eat Smart’s two new salad kit lines make their debut in May in celebration of National Salad…

Specialty crops struggling to regain Chinese markets

Chinese importers can’t seem to get enough California oranges after China began lifting some tariffs in conjunction with “phase one,” but US producers of walnuts, almonds, cherries and other specialty crops aren’t seeing a resurgence in trade. US blueberry and avocado farmers are angling to make new…

Ricky Goshen

Australian growers step up to help meet demand after drought, bushfires and Corona-virus

Farmers in north-east Victoria are donating tonnes of fruit and vegetables to help an emergency food provider meet the 'huge' demand in communities hit hard by drought,…

Prices expected to shoot up Hugoht

Heatwave in Israel causes millions in damage to crops

The agricultural damage caused by the current heavy heatwave in Israel is expected to amount to tens of millions of shekels, a spokesperson for the KANAT Insurance Fund for…

Dave Bredeson

Bosnia and Herzegovina fruit and veg records slight increase in exports

In 2019, the fruit and vegetable sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded a slight increase in exports compared to the previous year, while at the same time a high increase…

Philippines: Crop damage from Typhoon Vongfong hits P1.56 billion

In the Philippines, crop damage caused by Typhoon Vongfong has reached P1.56 billion, affecting 45,430 farmers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday. In a…

Hoxuanhuong

Vietnam intent on boosting trade with India

Lê Hoàng Tài, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) made the statement at an online meeting on trade promotion…

University of Antwerp research Odua

Eating healthier becomes a trend during Corona-virus

New research found that people facing stay-at-home orders tried cooking new things and threw away less food. The results came from a recent research project involving 11,000…

Aleksandar Mijatovic

Somalia: Galkayo fruit traders out of business as floods halt supplies from southern regions

After torrential rains and flooding of the Shabelle river disrupted supplies from the southern agricultural regions, the price of vegetables has shot up in Galkayo, the main…

University of Florida survey

COVID-19 has decimated several Florida farms

COVID-19 has turned much of Florida’s winter vegetable crop into waste. When Governor Ron DeSantis issued executive orders shutting down the state to stop the spread of the…

Australia: Lots of pickers available for Queensland harvest season

Growers will have no trouble sourcing labour for this season’s harvest with the Queensland government working closely with industry and labour hire companies to ensure farm…

PHA and PMA collaboration

COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund launches in Denver

The COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund, a partnership program led by The Partnership for a Healthier America and Produce Marketing Association launched in Denver, Colo. with the first…

USDA Farmers to Families program contract awarded

Pacific Northwest produce company to make and distribute 810,000 food boxes

Pacific Coast Fruit Company was awarded a contract from the United States Department of Agriculture for the production of 810,000 produce and dairy boxes, working with local nonprofits on the ground to distribute to families in need across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California. Part of the Coronavirus…

UK: Morrisons selling 11kg fruit and vegetable boxes

Morrisons has launched new fruit parcels packed full of fruits and vegetables. The new boxes contain no less than 135 portions of fresh produce. A typical box weighs in at…

Cezary Wojtkowski

Cambodia: Agricultural experts form collective to assist local exports

A group of agricultural experts have joined forces to form the Cambodia Horticulture Investment Platform (CHIP), intent on the “promotion of fruits and vegetables in the…

Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports continue to increase

The Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association's (AKIB) Chairman Nejdat Sin announced that Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports increased by 5% in April compared to the same month last year. In April, the country exported 195.300 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. The overall…

At the start of 2020 Turkey exported far more to Russia than last year

In the first quarter of the year, fresh Turkish fruit and vegetable exports were 15% higher. That is, compared to the same period last year. But, compared to the 2018 Q1, they were lower. There was, however, a significant client shift. The year began with far more exports to Russia and the EU27 than last…

Harris Cutler of Race-West:

"We’ve rearranged our distribution patterns to help those in need during the pandemic”

Race-West is a grower shipper distributor focusing on four core commodities, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, and carrots. These past few weeks, however, Harris Cutler, the company’s president, has shifted the company’s focus and tools to a different outlet. “We have reorganized our distribution to help…

New entrepreneurs show they are positive in times of Corona:

"In spite of everything, we are quite content"

For many long-established companies, it is a challenge to keep their business afloat in these difficult times. But how does the Corona crisis affect new companies in the fruit and vegetable sector? FreshPlaza.de spoke to two new entrepreneurs in the industry about their experiences in their first year of…

Sucharas Wongpeth

Australian study reveals cost of wasted food in cold chain

A new government and industry-sponsored study has revealed that food waste attributable to failures in the cold food chain costs the Australian economy nearly $4 billion at…

Witzenberg municipality, South Africa Joe Sohm

COVID-19 scare for Cape farmworkers

Officials bordering one of the Western Cape’s COVID-19 hot spots are urging citrus farmers to protect their laborers. On Saturday, Cederberg mayor Sylvia Qunta and councillor…

Food security is in jeopardy Miguel Nicolaevsky

Pakistan is getting ready for second battle against locusts

Tomany farmers in the south-east of Pakistan, an impending locust attack is a much bigger problem than the current pandemic. Their summer crops of cotton, sugarcane and rice…

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development:

'Great opportunities for Vietnamese growers to regain home market'

Because of COVID-19, the global farm produce supply chain has been interrupted because of logistics problems. Now is the right time for domestic farm produce to conquer…

Tatiana Golmer

Vietnamese province of Ca Mau faces severe irrigation shortages

Ca Mau is the only province in the Mekong Delta that cannot access water from the Mekong and relies mostly on rainwater for irrigation. But more and more often, Ly Van Lam…

Week ending May 10

Fresh vegetables continue to outperform fresh fruit sales

In the ninth week of coronavirus-related shopping, patterns continued to evolve. Between the typical Mother’s Day sales boost and shoppers flocking to the store once more to stock up on meat amid ongoing coverage of shortages, grocery sales had another good week, and produce along with it. Trip, spending…

Tiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu Joaquin Corbalan

Vegetables rot at Thirumazhisai market as traders have no storage space

Wholesale traders at Thirumazhisai market, which was opened a week ago and has since been getting a steady supply, are losing 15% of vegetables as wastage for want of storage…

Vasilis Ververidis

Greece eases border lockdown to get enough harvest labor

A group of lawmakers from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' party in April warned there was an "imminent danger" that a range of harvests could be affected by the worker…

Ninlawan Donlakkham

Rainfall thwarts Kenyan fresh produce exports as EU orders rise

Horticulture produce is expected to drop in the next month as the sector reels from the effects of heavy rains and diseases that have slowed down production amid rising orders…

Baoyan Zeng

China’s ‘cherry freedom’ vanishes as consumers rethink their spending habits

Few products tell the consumer spending story in China better than fruits such as cherries, as before the pandemic, demand for Chilean cherries and Peruvian avocados from China’s middle-class seemed insatiable. The Corona-virus, however, quickly put a stop to the demand, with merchants at the Jiangnan…

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Turkish Cargo initiates flights from İzmir

Turkish Cargo, the Turkish Airlines cargo brand, which has achieved the highest growth rate among the top 25 air cargo carriers, is planning an expedition to İzmir every day…

OP Fonteverde

Peculiar campaign for Sicilian carrots, good potato and netted melon seasons

Companies dealing with various crops must always make multiple assessments during the entire campaign. FreshPlaza talked to OP Fonteverde in Ispica, Sicily, about the current situation. Patrizia Calabrese PO sales director Patrizia Calabrese provided an overview starting with the "peculiar" new carrot…

Peru

Traders at wholesale markets of Lima hugely affected by coronavirus

After a coronavirus outbreak was reported in the Wholesale Fruit Market of La Victoria, where 79% of its traders have been infected, the authorities decided to close it from noon on Saturday to midnight on Monday, May 18, in order to carry out disinfection tasks. The market will reopen its doors to the…

Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman:

‘Operation Greens to be extended to all fruits and vegetables’

Last Friday, Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that Operation Green will be expanded with an additional fund of Rs 5 bln (€60 mln). It will now also…

Bananas most prominently cultivated fruit Aleksko

Demand for Cambodian fruit and vegetables is growing

According to a study by French-based industry report search engine ReportLinker, Cambodia's fruit and vegetable market is trending up. This, in turn, provides an unparalleled…

Tan Zhirui

Egyptian government denies drop in agricultural exports

Egypt’s cabinet media center denied news circulating that Egyptian agricultural exports have dropped by 25 percent due to the COVID crisis. In a statement on Friday, the…

Earnings from fruit, veg and flowers surpass tea revenues Alexandersr

Horticulture top industry regarding Kenya’s forex earnings

Kenya’s horticultural sector has dislodged the tea industry regarding general revenues, earning the country Sh122.9 billion last year compared to Sh113.5 billion from the…

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Zimbabwean lockdown causes crops to rot in the fields

“The market for the crops has terribly shrunk. Today, I filled six sacks with cucumbers intending to take them to my usual customer in Harare, but he called to say there was a…

T&G Global chief executive Gareth Edgecombe:

‘COVID pandemic could put NZ horticulture out in front’

T&G has had to innovate fast to overcome upheavals caused by the Covid-19 crisis, but the abrupt changes have seen some benefits too, said chief executive Gareth Edgecombe.…

Agriculture Director at McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand:

‘Take R&D to the next level to combat tomato potato psyllid’

Agriculture Director at McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand John Jackson has witnessed the destruction caused by the tomato potato psyllid (TPP) and the bacterium it carries…

Underpinning fresh produce traceability by adding an extra layer of scientific validation

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets,"…

US-Bangla extends cargo flights to more international destinations

US-Bangla Airlines began operating cargo flights to a few more countries on Saturday. The airline has since May 9 been operating cargo flights to various international…

New Zealand Budget 2020 boosts primary industries jobs and strengthens biosecurity

The New Zealand Government has invested $232 million to boost jobs and opportunities in the primary industries sector, including horticulture, as part of budget 2020.…

Podcast with Jeff Dunn, CEO of Bolthouse Farms

“We need a clear and unambiguous approach to worker safety"

The more plant employees are being protected, the sooner consumer confidence and thus the U.S. economy will bounce back. So says Jeffrey Dunn, chief executive officer of Bakersfield, CA.-based Bolthouse Farms Inc., in a recent Instagram Live with the Six Feet Apart podcast. Dunn touched on numerous…

Danish supermarket sees clear rise in pre-packaged fruits and vegetable sales

Michael Bjerg is the branch manager of Superbrugsen - the Danish supermarket chain - in Søndersø. This town is on the Danish island of Funen. He has noticed some customers' shopping habits change during the corona crisis. "Sales of plastic-packaged fruit and vegetables have increased. There is a clear…

Who consumes the most fruits and vegetables in Europe?

According to a comparative study that was carried out with the participation of 37,672 people from 21 different countries in Europe and that was published on May 13 in the PLOS ONE  magazine, some of the significant factors that determine fruit and vegetable consumption in Europe are gender, educational level,…

North Carolina State Ports Authority:

‘Port of Wilmington handles record refrigerated container volume’

The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NC Ports) set a new record when the Port of Wilmington handled 1,459 refrigerated containers in April. In a statement, NC Ports said…

Timothy Hodgkinson

Corona-virus response must focus on African agriculture

In light of the current pandemic, Africa looks like it could be the worst hit from the economic fallout of the crisis: 80 million Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty…

United States and Canada Chatchai Somwat

North-America: Hard freeze affects fruit and vegetable crops

Three nights of frost or freezing temperatures have affected Michigan’s fruit crops. Experts say as a whole, Michigan’s fruit crop may have fared okay in the cold snap.…

Nikki Zalewski

Uber Eats - OnePoll research:

Brits are consuming more fruit and vegetables while stuck at home

Millions of Brits are consuming more fruit and vegetables now that they are stuck at home. Research polling 2,000 adults found a fifth are enjoying more of their five-a-day now than they did previously. However, 61 per cent would still like to broaden their horizons by trying more exotic fruit and veg…

Mediterranean Exporters' Association: Woravit Vijitpanya

Turkey branches out into Asian fruit and vegetable markets

Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports have increased by 25 percent, a growth that allows it to compete with 85 nations in foreign markets. While the agricultural output…


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