General fresh produce

Trade fair duo expoSE/expoDirekt was a big success

Over 400 exhibitors - Amount of visitors at pre-Corona levels

This year's edition of the expoSE/expoDirekt trade show duo will be remembered as a success. On both the first and second day, visitor numbers were pleasing and roughly at pre-Corona levels. Regarding the number of exhibitors, the shows were particularly successful as well: over 400 exhibitors were at…

Long wait at Bulgarian border hinders Turkish fruit and vegetable exports

The problems at a laboratory in Bulgaria that inspects Turkey exports to European countries are causing long delays for trucks at the common border, impacting the local fruit…

UK growers warn of more shortages in supermarkets

Britain's vegetable industry could be under threat as farmers warn they're not being paid enough to grow stables, including tomatoes, due to soaring energy costs. Labor…

India's shippers feel the pinch as perishable exports are hit by freight tax

Perishables shippers in India have begun to feel the pinch from the additional Goods and Services Tax (GST) that became applicable on freight charges from 1 October.  Some trade…

New Zealand intent on increasing trade with Vietnam

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern went to Vietnam with a sizeable trade delegation, intent on selling New Zealand to one of South East Asia's most rapidly…

EU saw 4.228.169 tons of bananas being supplied in 2021

The total supply of bananas in the EU 2013-2021 has roughly been on upward trend, ending in 4.228.169 tons of the fruit being supplied in 2021. The forecast January to April 2023 production currently stands at 192.053 tons Ecuador remained the largest Latin American supplier in 2021, shipping out 1.599.818…

Chinese farmers watch vegetables rot as zero-Covid measures disrupt transport

Harsh Covid restrictions are forcing Chinese farmers to destroy their crops because they are unable to sell their produce, highlighting the heavy economic toll of stringent…

Intent on tackling food waste

Italy: Babaco Market raises €6.3 million for food boxes with "odd" food

Lombardo-based startup Babaco Market has attracted €6.3 million in series A funds, bringing its lifetime funding to €8.1 million. Italy's Babaco Market distributes food…

California: Farmers face $3 billion loss due to historic drought

California’s worst drought has left growers in the top US agricultural state facing losses of $3 billion. Even then, producers are bracing for more widespread cuts to water…

€1bn increase for the EU School Fresh Produce Scheme needed

A €1bn increase in the budget of the EU School Scheme is needed to ensure every school child receives one piece of fruit or vegetable per day. Freshfel Europe stressed the…

BLE

BLE report Week 46:

'Presence of Spanish Clemenules, Oronules and Orogros expanded once again'

As far as clementines went, Spanish batches obviously predominated: the presence of Clemenules, Oronules and Orogros again increased, which had a negative impact on the prices in some areas. In some places, the fruit was available in larger calibers than before. Italian and Moroccan lots were…

Hoping to decrease reliance on US and China

Canada to explore a free-trade agreement with Ecuador

Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng said she and her Ecuadorian counterpart agreed to explore the possibility of a free-trade agreement between several countries, the latest…

Australia focuses on India to counter China’s grip on trade

Two-way trade between Australia and India was worth $27.5 billion last year. A large amount, but still miniscule when compared with the $251 billion traded between Australia…

Kenya and South Korea agree on Free Trade Agreement

Kenya and South Korea have agreed on a roadmap that will lead to a free trade agreement between the countries. In bilateral talks between South Korean Trade minister Dukgeun…

British Columbia

Langley facility aims to increase food waste recovery

As citrus fruit floods grocery stores ahead of the holidays, thousands of imperfect oranges typically end up in B.C. landfills. Luckily, there is ReFeed Farms, a “nutrient…

First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar:

"Kazakhstan 2022 sees record harvest"

In 2022, Kazakhstan harvested record yields of cereals, legumes, wheat and vegetables in 10 years, said First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar at the Nov. 24 meeting of the…

Wet weather and late start not putting a dampener on Honey Gold season

Despite the bad weather pushing back the Honey Gold mango season in the top end, volumes are expected to be plentiful until the end of January. Piñata Farms Managing Director Gavin Scurr says Honey Gold mangoes are in the stores now after a later start, especially after Darwin came online a few weeks…

Webinar: Opportunities for horticulture in Algeria and Egypt

Want to research opportunities for horticulture in Algeria and Egypt? Join the webinar of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality on Monday, December 12.…

Emirati fruit and vegetable producers are favored by the local market

In a country that is a hub for imported produce, Emirati fresh produce growers are banking on consumer behavior. We spoke with Mr. Ali Aljararwah, CEO of Ghalya Farms, a 30-hectare plantation located in the Al Ain area of Abu Dhabi. Mr. Ali describes his activities: "I have a very diversified production.…

Farmers in southern Peru will hold a 48-hour strike to protest fertilizer shortage

Farmers from the guilds of Arequipa, Ica, Tacna, Moquegua, Puno, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Apurimac, and Cusco announced that they will abide by a 48-hour macro-regional strike…

Minister praises all farmers involved

Jamaican agricultural sector sees 17.4 percent growth for third quarter

Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is reporting growth of 17.4 per cent for the third quarter of the year, from July to September. Minister Pearnel Charles Jr.,…

Peruvian exports to Saudi Arabia reach US$8.3 million

Peruvian Minister Roberto Sanchez recently spoke about the trade relations between his nation and Saudi Arabia. Regarding foreign trade, the best-positioned sector in the Arab…

Grocery prices might rise another eight per cent

Australian food system faces more vulnerability

Extreme weather events, the pandemic, industrial action, animal disease and geopolitical tensions have been named as reasons Australia’s food system has faced vulnerability.…

Increased focus on cassava, vegetables and more

Ugandan growers abandon cotton for better-paying crops

More than 300 cooperatives scattered across Lango Sub-region have collapsed after the growers involved decided to stop growing cotton, heavily affecting the value chain of…

ANPP, FELCOOP, FNPF and AOP Tomatoes and Cucumbers of France

French fruit and vegetable producers file a complaint against deputy Julien Bayou

On the 18th of November 2022, the French Apple Pear Association (ANPP), the French Federation of Fruit, Vegetable and Horticultural Cooperation (FELCOOP), the French Federation of Fruit Producers (FNPF) and the Association of Producers' Organizations Tomatoes and Cucumbers (AOP) have mobilized to fight…

Can ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetables alleviate the UK’s cost of living crisis?

Food prices have been rising in the UK at their fastest rate in more than 45 years, at 16.4% a year. This is putting British household budgets under additional pressure. The…

Several subbasins are in critical overdraft

Water rules add to challenges for California farmers

More and more California farmers are feeling the added pinch of groundwater regulations as local agencies implement plans that include pumping limits and new fees to balance…

Mumbai

Fruit and vegetable prices dip at APMC market

In Mumbai fruit and vegetables are available up to 20% lesser than in the past weeks. The list does not only have strawberries, Iran apples, and apple bore but also…

Links between farmers and enterprises in Vietnam vital to promoting quality exports

Unstable and sub-standard qualities of agricultural products remained the biggest worry for exporters. Ensuring the stable and consistent quality of agricultural products of…

South Carolina schools to receive $3.1 million worth of locally grown food

South Carolina students will be eating more food grown by local farmers. To that end, a partnership has been created, involving the South Carolina Department of Agriculture…

Bariş Korkmaz, Royal Gastro Frischcenter Herne: Royal Gastro Frischcenter GmbH

"Encouraging demand from hospitality, but retail is slowing"

Since August of this year, new wholesale company Royal Gastro Frischcenter Ltd can be found in the Holsterhausen district of Herne. "We have taken over an existing wholesale business…

US transportation industry should focus on international shipping for fresh fruits and vegetables

The American transportation industry might want to study the odds-on international shipping for fresh fruits and vegetables. For a variety of good reasons, recent years’…

Christophe Burgun, Intermarché:

“Drop in purchasing power forces us to abandon trendy products and focus on traditional fruit and vegetables”

At the Intermarché supermarket of Sarreguemines (northeastern France), the fruit and vegetable department has put the expected autumn colors on display, in order to give seasonal products a prominent place. “The objective of our displays is three-fold: to claim a real identity, promote the image of our…

Egypt will provide 5,000 farm workers to Greece in seasonal pilot scheme

Egypt has plans to provide 5,000 seasonal workers to help meet the growing needs of the Greek agri sector. This will fall under a pilot scheme agreed by the two countries on…

26th expoSE & 11th expoDirekt opens

Industry meeting point for asparagus, berries and direct agricultural marketing

Today, Messe Karlsruhe opens its doors for trade fair duo expoSE & expoDirekt. A total of 401 exhibitors from eleven nations will present themselves at the 26th expoSE - Europe's leading trade fair for asparagus and berry production - and the 11th expoDirekt - Germany's largest trade fair for direct…

Exporters are unable to compete with products from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Kerala: Fruit and vegetable exports to stop from November 25

The All Kerala Vegetable and Fruits Exporters Association has decided to stop exporting fruits and vegetables from Kerala from November 25. The decision has been taken in view…

Pakistan reopened border with Afghanistan at Chaman on Monday

On Monday, Pakistani officials reopened the border with Afghanistan at Chaman, which had been closed for a week, hampering the trade between the two countries as well as the…

Record yields for many crops in Ireland in 2022

The Harvest Report published by Teagasc estimates that the production of cereals was 2.42 million tonnes in 2022. This represents an increase of 93,200 tonnes (4%) from…

‘Nature’s Gift to Health’

Growing the popularity and sales of Australian cherries in Malaysia through a specialised campaign

As the cherry season approaches in Australia, Hort Innovation says the ‘Nature’s Gift to Health’ campaign was successful in promoting the fruit in the Malaysian market. The organisation is responsible for investing the marketing levy into a range of activities and a collaboration between the cherry and…

Above-inflation increase in the National Minimum Wage is unsustainable for embattled agricultural sector

Agri SA has called on the government to limit any increase in the National Minimum Wage to an inflation-related increase. The sector has faced significant headwinds in recent…

Karthika Masam festival causes fruit and vegetable prices to skyrocket

The prices of vegetables rose quite a lot in the last few days, since the start of Karthika Masam. A kilo of brinjal was sold at Rs 56 on Saturday against Rs 44 a fortnight…

Pakistan: Fruits and vegetable exports to China exceed $54 million

According to data from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC), Pakistan’s fruits and vegetable export to China topped $54.34 million,…

USDA program keeps extra Covid money for fruits and vegetables

US agriculture officials have proposed changes to the federal program that helps pay the grocery bills for low-income pregnant women, babies and young children, including…

Success of Mexican fresh exports to US reflects global industry

North American fruit and vegetable imports are coming from many sources. Mexican imports are the poster child for the category. Land ports make Mexico an unsurprising source…

Transporting fresh food to remote Australian communities must be prioritized

The residents of the Torres Strait and other remote communities in North Queensland don’t have the supermarkets that many city and town dwellers are so used to. This means…

AVA-ASAJA: "The EU is making a mistake"

"The EU's ban on active plant protection substances will lead to a disaster"

The president of the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA), Cristóbal Aguado, warned today in Brussels that the European Union's (EU) suppression of active…

In September, Germany again imported far fewer Dutch fruits and vegetables

In August, German imports of fresh Dutch fruits and vegetables seemed to improve slightly. However, there was a marked decrease, which continued in September. In September, Germany imported 577,000 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. Last year, in the same month, that was 625,000 tons. In September, as…

Mattina Fresh

A cold and wet start to stone fruit season but New Year exports still look promising

It has been a cold and wet spring for one of Australia's stone fruit-growing regions, but there is still exciting news for one producer on the export front. Mattina Fresh National Sales Director, Tom Panna admits the wet weather has meant that export programs will probably not begin until…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize sold for £0.88 in UK

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.88 for bananas…

International buyers commit $8.5 million to secure Brazilian produce

A trade deal in the order of $8.5 million is forecast for 2023. This was the initial balance sheet of the fresh fruit business round, concluded last Friday 18 November in Petrolina, Brazil. The two days of business importer investment meetings, as well as visits to farms, brought together 12 buyers from…

Upcoming Cambodian harvest should shrink $1.7 bln trade deficit with Vietnam

The Cambodian-Vietnamese commodity trade topped $5 billion in the first 10 months of 2022, with a $1.7 billion deficit in favor of Vietnam, according to Cambodian Customs.…

Statement from the interprofessions

“The excessive price of energy has put the French agricultural and food chains in danger”

The current failure of the European negotiations on a common tariff shield has led to national initiatives throughout Europe. Germany has announced a price cap for electricity…

Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement

Forty percent of Vietnamese businesses benefit from EVFTA

According to a survey of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), forty percent of Vietnamese businesses have gained some benefits, including in import-export,…

Grower delegation celebrates National Ag Day in the Netherlands

A delegation of Queensland horticultural producers celebrated National Ag Day 2022 in the Netherlands as part of a project funded by the Australian Department of Agriculture.The delegation included representatives from Queensland based small exporting businesses including Vee Jay’s Kalfresh, Romeos…

Minister of Economics of Rhineland-Palatinate Daniela Schmitt visits the Pfalz vegetable garden

"Our guiding principle is that we want to give the fruit and vegetable sector the voice it deserves"

On November 17, Vegetable Garden Palatinate (Gemüsegarten Pfalz) invited Daniela Schmitt, Minister of Economic Affairs of Rhineland-Palatinate, to the Pfalzmarkt in Mutterstadt to present the latest project. By means of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Extended Reality (XR) technology,…

Orange and mango exports at $6.35 and $4.86 million

Egypt: Agri exports hit $124 mln in first 8 months of 2022

Egypt’s exports of agricultural crops came to $123.52 million during the first eight months of 2022. In the January-August 2022 period, Egypt’s exports of grapes stood at…

Due to supply problems and the Egyptian pound-US dollar exchange rate

Vegetable prices in Egypt up significantly

Vegetable prices in the Egyptian market have gone up significantly over the past few days due to the lack of supply of some goods and rising costs for agriculture, as well as…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

US aisles bursting with holiday staples like celery, sweet potatoes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and more

Retailers pulled out all the stops this week in order to satisfy Thanksgiving shoppers' long grocery lists. The aisles were bursting with holiday staples like celery, sweet potatoes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli crowns, cranberries, pineapples, baking apples, pomegranates, onions, red and Russet…

Cape Five celebrates 25 years of fruit excellence

In 1997, Wayne Mudge teamed up with four like-minded individuals to form Cape Five. The company soon became one of the fruit exporters heralding a new chapter in the history…

Fyffes posts €20.7 mln profit for 2021

Irish fruit distribution giant Fyffes charged back into the black last year, posting a €20.7 mln profit and reversing a €170 mln loss it posted the previous year during the…

Sweden switches to European citrus after Southern Hemisphere supply ends

Importers, retail and wholesale in Sweden are switching to citrus supplies from the European countries of Spain and Italy after supply from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa in particular, has ended this week. The Swedish importers and distributors Ewerman AB and Trädgårdshallen Stockholm in their monthly…

Canadian fresh produce industry meets with Parliamentarians

Over the past three days, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) held their fall advocacy event, Fall Harvest 2022, in Ottawa.Organized annually, Fall Harvest brings together produce industry leaders, Parliamentarians, and government…

Fire halts trading in Navi Mumbai fruit market

The Navi Mumbai APMC fruit market was engulfed in flames yesterday (Thursday, 17 November). No people were hurt with the fire department able to dispatch four fire trucks to…

New fresh produce market to be built in Lahore, Pakistan

A new modern fresh produce market will be built in Lahore, Pakistan to serve the growing need in the city.  The intention of the local authorities in the Ruda areas in Lahore is…

Growers can’t get the workers they need

Cathy Burns calls for immigration reform

The International Fresh Produce Association took the stage at the National Immigration Forum's 2022 Leading the Way Conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday to elevate immigration as a pillar of agricultural and economic prosperity. "The fruit and vegetable industry employs 2.2 million workers in all…

Organto expands fruit and vegetable products into one of Europe’s largest supermarket chains

Organto Foods Inc., a provider of organic and value-added organic fruit and vegetable products, is pleased to announce that after recently beginning sales in the Czech…

Pakistan exports over $54 million of fresh produce to China in 9 months

Pakistan increased their fruit and vegetable exports to China, reaching over $54 million from January to September 2022.  This comes as bilateral trade between the two countries…

Fresh produce prices rise on markets as rainy season starts in Zimbabwe

The wet and rainy summer season in Zimbabwe has arrived leading to producers in outlying areas struggling to deliver fresh produce to markets, which causes a shortages and…

DataLiner

Brazil exported record volumes of fruit in 2021

Brazilian fresh fruit exports set a record in 2021, both in terms of volume and revenue, exceeding US$ 1.21 billion, up 20.39% from the value of exports in the twelve months of 2020. The total volume of fresh fruit shipped abroad was 1.24 million tonnes, 18.13% more than the previous year’s same period.…

USDA to fund Alabama school lunch initiative

The USDA is giving Alabama $3 million to fund a “farm-to-table” school lunch initiative.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the state of Alabama and local farmers have…

Canadian trucker charged for importing 43 kg of cocaine in banana shipment

A truck driver from Calgary, Canada, has been arrested after 43 kg of cocaine was found in a shipment of bananas at the US-Canada border. The truck crossed the Couts border…

New market for vendors opened in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Two new markets for street vendors were opened in Kingstown, on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. About 380 street vendors will make use of the new facilities.…

Gascoyne horticulture expansion to grow from water agreement

Irrigated agriculture expansion in the Gascoyne moved forward today with the McGowan Government taking steps to guarantee a reliable, high quality water supply to new and…

Avocados Australia - Facts at a Glance

Australian avocado production and consumption on the rise according to latest statistics

Australia's consumption of avocados increased over the past calendar year, to complement the increase in production, according to the peak avocado body. The annual Facts at a Glance for the Australian avocado industry 2021/22 report showed that Australia's avocado consumption jumped from 4.0 kg per…

Indian farmers turn to technology to combat unpredictable weather

Indian farmers in Maharashtra have turned to technology to increase production as well as store produce for longer. They are using both solar powered cold storage as well as…

Swiss parliamentarian demands that air freighted produce be declared in stores

Parliamentarians in Switzerland, through National Counsellor, Christine Badertscher from the Greens, has demanded that all food arriving by plane must be declared. This is due…

Thai seasonal berry pickers in Scandinavia get raw deal

Seasonal wild berry pickers from Thailand who work in Sweden and Finland have asked their Asian government for help to deal with rogue labour brokers.  The workers complain of misleading…

Mexican university obtains patent for post-harvest coating for fruits and vegetables

A team of scientists from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa (UAM-I), obtained the patent for a coating for the post-harvest conservation of fruits and…

Bangladesh urges Iraq to import more fresh produce

Bangladesh has urged Iraq to import fresh produce such as potatoes, mangoes and a mix of other vegetables from their country.  The trade between the two countries sees a big imbalance…

Vietnam fruit and veg exports to China 44% higher in October

Vietnam's fresh produce exports to China increased by 44% during October, earning them revenue of $152 million. Exports from Vietnam is set to rise even more as the country…

Melons Australia

Australian melon industry seeking to open up export opportunities in Japan after recent grower visit

Australia's peak melon industry body has recognised a number of opportunities for export, particularly in the Japanese market, which it is hoping to open up through the development of a new five-year export strategy. Melons Australia recently took a delegation featuring a number of growers overseas as…

Bangladesh vegetable exports income dips by 60% to 6-year low

Bangladesh saw income from exports on vegetables dip to a six-year low between July-October, dropping by 60% to only $15 million compared to $38 million last year. High…

UK wholesale fruit and vegetable prices - 14 November 2022

UK prices: Strawberries up by 39%, cucumber up by 71%, late season apples down 25%

National average wholesale prices of home-grown horticultural produce in the United  Kingdom and Wales saw strawberries up by 39% from 2.27 to 3.16. Other late season apples were…

Mumbai fruit market loaded with produce, lowering prices

The Navi Mumbai fruit market is well stocked with a variety of different fresh produce with oranges and apples leading the way. However, this amply supply has led to the drop…

Real impact of cost pressure on UK fresh produce industry measured

The soaring cost of energy and a lack of labour to pick crops are posing a serious threat to the United Kingdom's fruit and vegetable industry. These are the finds in a report…

Zimbabwe targets increase in high value horticulture exports

Zimbabwe is seeing the increase in high value horticultural exports driven by the growth in macadamia nuts, blueberries, citrus, vegetables and pecan nuts. Macadamia nuts had…

Thanksgiving staple food prices up 16% in 2022

With prices of key staples such as turkey, butter, vegetables, wheat, and sugar all increasing by double-digit percentages over the previous year, Mintec’s Thanksgiving Dinner…

Moroccan grower runs a conclusive trial for Okra production

Mr. Mustapha Aouragh, Ph.D. in Agricultural management and Farm Manager at Maisadour Morocco, supervised a conclusive trial for Okra production in Morocco. The trial took place in the Souss region. Morocco already produces and exports small quantities of small-sized varieties of Gumbo. The new trial concerns…

EU Commission announcement on fertiliser:

EU measures to ensure fertiliser supply, lower costs

The European Commission announced measures to ensure the availability and affordability of fertilisers for farmers across the 27-member bloc. Officials blamed the Covid-19…

More Moroccan fresh fruit and vegetable exporters enter the European market

Moroccan exporter Fructimoor is entering the European market for the first time this season with forecasts of 800-1200 tons of tomatoes, green beans, and peppers. The company relies on a network of plantations based in the Souss region. Mr. Mostafa Mohattan, commercial director of Frutimoor, said: "We have…

Specialty food company partners with NY food delivery service

Baldor Specialty Foods, a Northeast and Mid-Atlantic’s produce and specialty foods distributor, has partnered with Farm to People, an NYC’s service for delivering local, sustainable, and ethically sourced produce and pantry items. This partnership will help provide home chefs with better access to…

Backpacker numbers fall short leaving growers struggling

For the third year in a row growers in Australia are suffering due to a shortage of international backpackers and holidaymakers who previously harvested the crops. Before the pandemic, as many as 200,000 visitors came from around the world each year as part of Australia’s working holiday programme, which…

Taiwan aims to be prime APAC ag exporter

The Taiwanese Unlimity Produce Cooperative company aims to take the fresh produce of local farmers to export to help the country  to become leading APAC exporters. Unlimity, a farmers…

Japan apple and pears look to exports for growth

The Japanese government is looking to export markets, for the apple and pear industry in particular, as domestic consumption is set to decrease with a declining population.  The…

USDA Report: Turkey's Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

Turkey’s production, export of apples, pears, and table grapes may reach record  levels in 2022/23

Owing to favorable growing conditions and ongoing investments to  improve on-farm yields,  Turkey’s production and export of apples, pears, and table grapes is forecast at or near record  levels…

Bulgaria's wholesale veg prices rising to record highs

Market prices of fresh produce increased to record highs in Bulgaria, with tomatoes up by 19%, cucumbers by 6.1%, green peppers up by 10.1% and potatoes by 4.5%. Apples…

Relief for some Indian consumers with lower veg prices

Vegetables prices that became very expensive during the Indian festive season has now started to come cheaper in the local Udupo market. Tomato has seen the biggest decrease…

Fire in Jaipur market causes huge lossess to fruit vendors

More than 70 shops were destroyed in a fire that broke out on Jaipur's Chandpole market in India on Saturday morning. Fruit and vegetables as well as goods in the warehouse…

Share of non-EU air freight imports stand at 2%

In 2021, the European Union countries imported a combined 14.6 million tons of fruit and vegetable from outside the Union. More than 10.2 million tons entered the region by sea and 4.2 million tons over land. Only 275.000 tons - a mere two percent - were flown in. The Netherlands is most of this…

Tajikistan farmers produce fruit and vegetables to feed their nation

The President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, visited the exhibition of agricultural products in Bobojon Ghafurov district of Sughd Province who harvested close…

Global supply-chain issue will continue to affect fresh produce industry

The global supply chain was disrupted at the start of the pandemic, even now as the pandemic has been contained global supply chain issues have raged on, exposing both the…

Nepalese seasonal workers shocked by UK's early contract terminations

Seasonal workers from Nepal are shocked by notices they received that will end their contracts in the United Kingdom much earlier than agreed. The British Home Office…

ASEAN fruit exports to China continues to increase

The ASEAN block is China's largest trading partner, while the region's fruit exports continues to increase to that country with over $15 billion worth already sent. This…

Lincolnshire and Rutland 'Ag zone' created to boost farming

An agricultural zone has been created in Lincolnshire and Rutland in the United Kingdom to grow the farming sector through a skills pipeline and professional development.…

Potato and tomato prices skyrocket in Cyprus

The prices of potatoes increased by 22.4% to €1.45 kg and that of tomatoes by 46.4% to €3.28 kg in Cyprus. The price of seasonal vegetables increased by as much as 65.56%. The…

Fruit and veg prescription now provided by London doctors

General Practitioners in London boroughs, backed by £250 000 in funding, have started to prescribe fruit and vegetables to patients. The local authorities of Tower Hamlets and…

Dr SP Singh - Improving Food Safety and Traceability

"It is important to have technical expert boots on the ground to support growers in improving their food safety systems"

Growers, researchers, regulators, and industry members have gathered for the first produce safety and traceability symposium, to draw up plan for supporting growers and supply-chain members deal with upcoming regulatory changes to food safety standards in coming years. Three new primary production and…

Forza Italia

Dutch company expands its team and Italian range

Aartsen's Italian produce portfolio kept expanding, which made this Dutch company's team very keen to strengthen trade with that country. Maria Martelli, who hails from the Tuscany region, thus joined the team to lend commercial support. Her knowledge of the Italian language and culture makes her a…

Advertised prices for specialty crops at major retail supermarket outlets

Significant increases in price for mangoes at 21%

Retailers showed pride in American Veterans this week by offering one day promotions and dedicating ad space to thanking them for their service. Cranberries, pomegranates,…

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to the US were led by garlic, onion, and pepper shipments

Last year, Spain exported 32,997 tons of fruits and vegetables to the United States (which accounts for 0.2% of all of its fruit and vegetable exports) for 78 million euro,…

New Cambodia-China agricultural cooperation continues to bear fruit

Chinese citizens can now enjoy longans, bananas and mangos from Cambodia as part of a $10 billion bilateral free trade agreement recently signed between the two countries on…

Uzbekistan has simplified the procedure for exporting fruits and vegetables

Uzbekistan has simplified the exports of fruits and vegetables for farmers. The President of Uzbekistan signed a corresponding resolution. Under the document, private…

Boss who backed Brexit says lack of migrant workers crippling UK economy

The head of the Next retail chain, Lord Simon Wolfson, who backed the UK leaving the EU, is asking the government to make it easier for foreign workers to enter the country to…

Pre-paid electricity users eat less fruit and vegetables study finds

People using prepayment energy meters, who typically pay more for their energy use, tend to eat less fruit and vegetables. This is according to the findings of a study by…

IFPA celebrates the Awards of Excellence

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) celebrated a number of winners of key industry awards at the Global Produce & Floral Show this year. The winners represent the best of the industry, having been nominated and selected by industry leaders and members.  The award winners for the 2022 Awards…

Morocco Foodex aims to conquer the British market

The independent establishment of control and coordination of exports “Morocco Foodex” organized, Friday in London, a promotional action for the British market. Held around the…

UK's 'Eat Them to Defeat Them' kids campaign generates £34m in veg sales

The Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign to encourage children in the UK to eat more vegetables created an additional £34.1 million ($40.1 million) in sales. Over the past four…

Tunisian technology at the service of fruit and vegetable producers in North and West Africa

A cluster of Tunisian agri-tech companies, led by Stecia International, is organizing the Tunisian agri-tech week in Abidjan from November 21 to 25. Among these companies, iFarming offers IT solutions accessible to smallholder farmers. We spoke with Ms. Rabeb Fersi, the co-founder of the company. For Ms.…

Philippines fresh produce farm output expands after earlier declines

The farm production output in the Philippines expanded in the third-quarter of 2022, following contractions in the first six months of this year. Increases were registered for…

Turkish fresh produce exports hit $2 billion all time export high

Turkish fruit and vegetable exports hit an all time 10 month high - January to October- rising to 24.6% to reach $2 billion.  This record high export performance comes despite global…

The Valencian Community's fruit and vegetable companies accelerate exports to Europe before the transport strike begins

After the national transport strike - which will begin at the stroke of midnight next Sunday - was announced, the Valencian Community's fruit and vegetable companies are…

First vegetable vending machine opens in Czech Republic

A new vegetable vending machine called Bramat has been opened in Brno-Řečkovice, Czech Republic to meet increasing demand. The machine co-developed by Petr Grünwald stocks…

South African Government puts measures in place to mitigate impact of public servant strike

South Africa's Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) says government has put measures in place to mitigate the impact of strike action by public servants on…

Oksana Goldenberg, CEO BeFresh:

“We are the only Israeli exporter that can supply solutions in Russia for repackaging and logistics”

A leading Israeli exporter to Russia continues to find ways to provide borscht (prepacked vegetables for Russian soup) to consumers in that market, despite global sanctions due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. BeFresh Ltd. based in Tel Aviv, Israel is an importer and exporter of fruit and vegetables and…

Positive outlook for Chilean fruit exports

Chile's Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta) reports that exports this season could be “very good for everyone,” thanks to favorable weather. “This year we see…

Vertical farm in Hong Kong making the case for local, sustainable food production

“Let's talk about fast food...junk food...overly processed food... It's always available, quick and convenient. It's easy... Why don't we see healthy options in the same light? We want to prove that the future of fresh food production can and is evolving to be more sustainable and accessible,” says…

First LIDA Plant Research Conference in the USA

"The event was marked by high-level presentations on key issues to improve farm management"

On November 4, Lida Plant Research held in California the first LIDA Summit 2022 of LIDA USA, a training and networking event to provide partners and farmers solutions that address the current challenges of agriculture. "The goal of the event was successfully achieved, as LIDA's team made different…

UK food prices to rise further amidst worst conditions ever for farmers

The President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Minette Batters, told the House of Commons soaring prices, nitrogen fertiliser and a shortage of labour due to Brexit are all…


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