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Japan hopes that farm exports can alleviate weak yen troubles

Most Japanese farmers - like many other key players in the economy - are up in arms about the yen's 20% slide this year, as this slump has inflated costs for imported fuel,…

European Commission is asking Italy to reduce pesticides by 62 percent

The European Commission is asking Italy to reduce pesticides by 62 percent, despite the fact that the health and environmental risks induced by these products are already very…

Roberto Boscolo, wholesaler at Maap

"Good summer for exports, but things have slowed down now"

Roberto Boscolo, coordinator of wholesalers at Maap Padua, reports that summer was very pleasing when it comes to fresh produce exports, especially summer fruit. Now, however, the situation has changed.  "Tourism was great, so we sold a lot especially in tourist destinations. But, most of all, exports went…

From restaurant owners to diners

Current inflation in Australia is hurting everyone

In Sydney's food mecca, Chinatown, menu prices have gone up between 20% and 30% since the start of the pandemic. The east coast floods in Australia between March and July…

Backpackers return to regional Queensland for work

Despite international borders reopening to fully vaccinated working holiday-makers in December last year, backpackers have been slow to travel to regional areas. Fortunately,…

Egypt: Finance Ministry to provide LE 2 billion to exporters

The Egyptian Finance Ministry has vowed to pay LE 2 billion (€102 mln) to exporting companies, with the aim of providing the liquidity required to complete the production and…

Short-term outlook for EU agricultural markets in 2022

2022/23 EU consumption of fresh apples expected to go slightly down

This short-term market outlook is driven by the negative impact of thehot and dry weather that affected large parts of the EU, by the impactof the Russian invasion of Ukraine…

Singapore wholesaler fined $6,000 for illegally importing over 395 kg of fruits and vegetables

A company that imports fresh produce was fined $6,000 for illegally importing about 395 kg of undeclared and underdeclared fresh fruits and vegetables such as Chinese cabbage,…

Rotunda Capital Partners completes the sale of FreshEdge

Rotunda Capital Partners, an operationally focused, lower middle-market private equity investment firm, is pleased to announce the sale of FreshEdge, LLC, a prominent fresh…

Cevdet Cavusoglu, Managing Director of Fresh & Cash Ltd Wuppertal:

"Thanks to the move, we have been able to expand not just our capacity, but the diversity of our offer as well"

As the lease of the old location at the Varresbeck wholesale market was not renewed at the end of 2020, Wuppertal wholesale company Fresh & Cash Ltd moved to the Vohwinkel district. It acquired a modern hall (total capacity: just under 2,000 m2), which was equipped to today's standards. Since then,…

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Frutura Obst und Gemüse is "Austria's Best Managed Company 2022"

As a producer and the largest marketer of fruit and vegetables, Frutura is one of Austria's leading companies in the food sector. For its strength, creativity and team spirit, the Styrian family business was honored this year as one of the best managed medium-sized companies. Managing Director Katrin…

Farmers caught up in Taiwan's tensions with China

In early September, the orchards around the small town of Ruisui on Taiwan's east coast were laden with pomelos. The fruit was due to be picked ahead of the Mid-Autumn…

Governor McKee and Department of Environmental Management:

$160,000 in grant awards to help Rhode Island farmers expand market access for specialty crops

Governor Dan McKee and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are announcing today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $161,158 to…

What is the impact of the war in Ukraine on exports of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables?

Russia is a big importer of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. Ukraine is a much smaller market. The war in Ukraine has made exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to…

'British MPs should act now to expand seasonal farmworker numbers'

UK farmers have delivered an impassioned plea to Liz Truss’s government to expand the Seasonal Worker Scheme (SWS). This would allow more foreign workers to travel to the UK…

Jäger GmbH

Bernd Jäger, Jäger LTd, on the current market situation

"Fruit & vegetables, regardless of their origin, have become significantly more expensive"

The current energy crisis is hitting the fruit and vegetable sectors hard, especially protected greenhouse cultivation. "Cucumbers and tomatoes as well as peppers, regardless of origin, have become considerably more expensive. Greenhouse lettuces, on the other hand, are trading at seasonal prices.…

Former Minister and senior VP of People’s Conference Abdul Gani Vakil:

'Create special economic package for fruit growers'

Former Minister and senior vice president of People’s Conference Abdul Gani Vakil has appealed Union Home Minister Amit Shah to announce a special economic package for fruit…

Cambodia-Korea FTA will come into force on December 1

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea has confirmed that the Cambodia-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) will enter into force on December 1, 2022. The notification comes after…

Pakistan Chambers of Commerce:

‘£5 billions worth of exports to UK annually within five years is a possibility’

According to president Irfan Iqbal Sheikh from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Pakistan has a potential to enhance its exports to the…

Natavo™ Avocado

Australian-created non browning avocado range set to launch in US

An Australian-based food innovation company is expanding with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mexico, which will launch early next year. Naturo Technologies launched its ‘All Natural’ avocado range called Natavo™ Avocado four years ago. Director Ross Harris says that the Mexican facility…

“Not fun”: South African farmers juggle an early spring heat wave and daily power cuts

The South African Weather Service predicts that a heatwave over Gauteng, eastern NorthWest Province, the eastern Mpumalanga Highveld as well as over the south-western bushveld of Limpopo, will run until the end of the week with no imminent rain predicted.It comes at a critical time for many fruit crops:…

Biofruit CEO Dirk Salentin on the intensified partnership with Früchte Rosenbaum:

"Sensible exploitation of synergies makes it possible to minimize logistics costs"

A few months ago, the existing cooperation between the Düren-based organic specialist biofruit Ltd and the Cologne-based fruit trading company Früchte Rosenbaum was strengthened. After the completion of the comprehensive new building at the existing location in Cologne, biofruit has an integrated cold…

South Korea sees imported fruit prices skyrocket

On October 1, the Korean won ended at 1,441 per dollar; this was a 13-year low against the US greenback. This caused the price for a bunch of bananas to increase from the…

Philippines Department of Agriculture:

‘Vegetables overpriced in 13 markets in Metro Manila’

According to an official from the Department of Agriculture, 13 markets in Metro Manila have been overpricing their vegetables by at least P20 per kilo. An official said this…

Bustos and Feenstra introduce legislation to help farmers access & utilize precision agriculture technologies

US Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Randy Feenstra (IA-04) have introduced the Precision Agriculture Loan Program (PAL) Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation that would…

Shock-sensing data logger with food shapes replicate movement of fruit and vegetables during handling and transport

For fruit growers and producers concerned about high wastage levels caused by damage during handling and processing, crop quality specialists Martin Lishman Ltd. has developed a tool called ImpacTrack to identify problematic areas of production lines quickly and effectively.ImpacTrack is a shock-sensing…

Recent United Nations report:

"165-600 million hectares more land needed for global food production by 2050"

Food demand to support the global population will be 50 per cent more in 2050 compared with 2012, according to a recent United Nations report. Production will need 165 to 600…

Mbare Musika fruit and vegetable market

Harare city council does not support growers trading in bad circumstances

Mbare Musika is the major trading market for vegetables and fruits in Mbare suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. Recent reports indicate that the high daytime temperatures are ruining…

Kenyan fresh produce traders lose case to block new levy

Fresh produce exporters have lost a bid to stop the Kenyan government from imposing a 0.25% levy on the customs value of their export consignments. High Court judge Anthony…

Kenya lifts 10-year GMO cultivation and importation ban

The Kenyan government has lifted its ban on Genetically Modified Crops in the country after 10 years suspension, permitting farmers to cultivate and import food crops and…

‘Apple farmers are at a severe disadvantage in price negotiations with retailers’

Apple harvest is well underway in Serbia, but producers report low prices

High international prices for Serbian frozen fruits, apple harvest underway, the size of organic farmland increasing, news of the price cap on food and the fate of Serbian…

How ‘bout dem apples:

Demand booms for Bravo in Southeast Asia

A unique Australian apple is rising in popularity across Southeast Asia, thanks to its striking appearance, sweet juiciness and enormous health benefits. The Bravo variety is…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.96, up 7% compared to last week

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 from Colombia stood at…

Chinese Begonia apple exported around the globe for the first time

In a small region in China, an apple with the aroma of Begonia flowers is grown, although some say it has the aroma of strawberries. “It’s the world’s sweetest apple with a brix of 19-22 due to its water cores,” says Ricky Chong with World Fresh Exports. Water cores indicate the apple was picked after…

Colombia: Land occupations raise tensions and scare off investors

In parts of Colombia, land occupations have increased since the election of president Gustavo Petro, who has promised to spend tens of billions of dollars to ensure…

France: Launch of process to develop a sovereignty plan for the fruit and vegetable sector

On the 27th of September, the French Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Marc Fesneau, met with professionals of the fruit and vegetable sector to validate with them the development process and the shared calendar for the medium and long-term sovereignty plan for the sector, announced by the…

Riaan Sonnekus & Nadia Pretorius, Checkers

A tour of the Checkers fresh produce aisles

There is a story behind each of the 800 to 965 lines in the fresh produce aisles of a Checkers FreshX store, where potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, apples and onions are always among the top ten sellers.Riaan Sonnekus from Freshmark, the Shoprite Group’s fruit and vegetable procurement and distribution arm,…

“Commercial expert in fruit and vegetables”: new training launched by Sanlucar and the AHK

The company SanLucar and the German Chamber of Commerce for Spain - AHK have launched the new program called "Commercial Expert in Fruit and Vegetables" this year. A new qualification to train the young talents within the fruit and vegetable trade branch. Over two years, and including 100 learning hours,…

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U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberry imports through Southern California ports of entry movement expected to remain the same

This hurricane season has been somewhat quiet until now. Hurricane Ian has changed all that and made landfall around Ft. Myers, Florida, and the surrounding communities. According to local farmers and growers in Southwest and Central Florida, now, it is too early to tell how much crop damage has…

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National Retail Report - Specialty Crops (FVWRETAIL)

Melons, summer squash and most stone fruit go by the wayside as retailers filled their bins with fall favorites

This week we saw melons, summer squash, and most stone fruit go by the wayside as retailers filled their bins with fall favorites. Cranberries made their first appearance in ads this week, adding extra fall glory to the growing array of pumpkins, acorn and butternut squashes, cabbage, pomegranates,…

Costa Rica will suspend tariff benefits for Panama

In 2020, a tribunal ruled in favor of Costa Rica, after Panama imposed limitations on the importation of fresh tomatoes from Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign…

Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy

'South African fruit farming is facing a challenging decade'

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has warned that the South African fruit farming sector, which is the largest employer of farm workers in the country, was,…

Compared to pre-pandemic prices of 2019

UK seasonal fruit and vegetable prices up 35% in September

DEFRA’s September fruit and veg prices in 2022 have been compared to those in 2019 — the last normal trading period pre-pandemic. It shows that September seasonal fruit and…

Russian Federation bans road cargo from countries that placed similar restrictions on it

The Russian Federation has banned road cargo from countries that placed similar restrictions on Russia. The decree was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Companies…

GlobalData survey:

Aldi takes fourth place in UK grocery market in 2022 as 3.1 million shoppers switch to the discounter

Discounters are benefitting the most from the cost-of-living crisis, with their low cost and quality credentials appealing to consumers who are shifting their shopping habits…

GROW scholars receive education and chase their professional dreams

As September has come to a close, Organics Unlimited is busy wrapping up GROW Month, a month when retailers celebrate how the GROW program positively impacts underserved communities in banana growing regions of Mexico and Ecuador through the sale of Organics Unlimited GROW label organic bananas.Recent…

Optomni

South Australian Agtech startup raises seed round to tackle $400m a year of fresh food waste

South Australian Agtech startup, Optomni, is stepping up its efforts to tackle Australia's fresh produce waste problem, after raising its first 'Seed Round' funding from Skalata Ventures. In Australia, total fruit and vegetable waste is approximately 45 per cent – and nearly half of it occurs in the…

Philippines: Agricultural damage due to Typhoon Karding rises to nearly P3 billion

According to the Filipino Department of Agriculture, Typhoon Karding swiped crops across 164,217 hectares of farm lands in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos…

Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce:

MERCOSUR agreement doubled trade volume between Egypt and Brazil

According to Michael Gamal, Director of the Regional Office of the Egyptian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, activating the FTA Egypt signed with the MERCOSUR countries…

Leon van den Hombergh on Haluco, Frankort & Koning, Nedalpac integration

"Strong Dole plc player formed on European market"

"After final approval from the European authorities, we quickly formed a well-oiled machine that's active in almost all fruit and vegetable areas of the European market," says Leon van den Hombergh of Frankort&Koning enthusiastically. Frankort&Koning premises in Venlo, the Netherlands "Our three branches…

Spain presents plans to hire over 16,000 agri workers from Morocco

Spain’s Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, through the Secretary of State for Migration, has launched a new stage in the migration program of Collective…

Migori county, Kenya

Lower Kuja Irrigation Scheme back on track again

The multi-billion shilling Lower Kuja Irrigation Scheme in Kenya’s Migori county is ongoing again after compensation claims stalled the plan. Scheme manager Kennedy Ouma said…

"Don't underestimate social media and influencers' sway on consumers"

Alternative ways to make fruit and vegetables more appealing to consumers are increasingly being sought. According to those at the recently held International Strawberry Congress, there is a way to directly introduce, especially the younger generation, to products: social media and influencers. "You…

Halil Sarikoc, Managing Director of Ambrosia Frucht Ltd, on the special program with a German food retail chain:

"Marketing 200 truckloads of TOVs during the winter season"

Currently, Ambrosia Frucht Ltd offers peaches from the northwest of Turkey, for example from the Bursa region, Managing Director Halil Sarikoc tells us. "We buy the peaches directly from the growers. Other stone fruits are also available for the summer season, but figs for the European market are also…

Bumper harvest expected for Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Northwest China: Xinjiang enters harvest season

In Aksu, figs, walnuts, grapes and fragrant pears hang on the branches. In Kashgar Prefecture, red dates are doing well and farmers are busy picking and delivering them. In…

Statement on new Food Is Medicine research initiative

'30% subsidy on fruit and veg would prevent more than 300,000 premature deaths from CVD'

Good food is the foundation of good health. Unfortunately, for far too many Americans -especially Black, Latino and Native Americans- affordable, nutritious food is out of…

Michel van den Berg, De Best AGF:

"After a great summer, Dutch eateries and weekly markets are struggling now"

Fruit and vegetable sales at the Forepark business park in the Netherlands are currently not great, says Michel van den Berg. "The weather's not helping, and the trade is very expensive. Many of our market, retail, and hospitality customers had a wonderful summer, partly thanks to the beautiful weather.…

Ministers conclude fruitful meeting

Portugal to invite 400 Moroccan agri workers to combat labor shortages

Ahead of its harvest season, Portugal has turned to Morocco to recruit 400 agricultural workers. Portugal’s Minister of Labor Ana Mendes Godinho has announced the launch of a…

Registered Seasonal Employer scheme comes to the aid of Māori kiwifruit growers

Māori kiwifruit growers are welcoming more pickers being allowed into the country under the Registered Seasonal Employer scheme. The New Zealand government will be allowing an…

Kamel Zemmali, fruit and vegetable manager at Dem Supermarkets

"Over 20 percent more sales with a well-designed set-up"

At a Dem Supermercati store in Rome "an autumn breeze is already blowing," writes AGF manager Kamel Zemmali in a LinkedIn post. The display of autumn products (see photo below) was highly appreciated by customers. Sales skyrocketed by over 20%. (Photo: Kamel Zemmali) "Pumpkins, grapes, chestnuts.... Autumn…

NZ exporters excited about strenghtening India-New Zealand relationship

After a recent visit to India, primary sector exporters from New Zealand are excited about the opportunities for a closer partnership between the two countries. Still, they…

BLE report Week 38:

'Italian pears of the Santa Maria, Abate Fetel and Williams Christ varieties predominated'

Italian pears of the Santa Maria, Abate Fetel and Williams Christ varieties predominated. According to BLE, the range was supplemented by popular Turkish Santa Maria, and by now increasing domestic products, such as Conference, Williams Christ and Alexander Lucas. In Frankfurt, domestic Vereinsdechant…

Interfel: “Energy crisis: the fruit and vegetable sector on alert”

Inflation, lower purchasing power, and unprecedented drought. After a particularly complicated summer for the professionals in the sector, Interfel alerted the French…

Kenya's produce exporters urged to take advantage of Kenya-UK partnership

Kenya's fresh produce exporters have been urged to take advantage of the Kenya-UK economic partnership that was signed in January 2020 to increase their market share in…

UK food inflation reaches highest rate ever recorded

According to data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the NielsenIQ shop price index, UK food inflation hit 10.6 percent in September. For fresh food, inflation…

KinderCare joins partnership in effort to increase access to fruits and vegetables

KinderCare announces plan to increase access and affordability of healthy food for all children

In support of today's White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, KinderCare Learning Companies today announced its plan to help increase access and affordability…

Eurosemillas

Innovations in strategic crops: new varieties with lower water footprint and negative carbon balance

Eurosemillas has arguably entered a new phase of development since it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. This stage, which started years ago, is more in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda proposed by the UN and assumed by the EU. It is defined by a greater commitment to…

Freshmax New Zealand pipfruit sold

Freshmax Group has successfully sold its New Zealand pipfruit business, inclusive of Freshmax Exports, Crasborn Fresh Harvest, Freshmax Orchards and Freshmax Farms. The…

Cambodia to export peppers, bananas, cashew nuts, potatoes, pineapples and much more

Cambodia-Korea free trade agreement ratified

On Tuesday, the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea gave its formal consent to the Cambodia-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) through its ratification to make…

Woolworths food supplier partners join them in commitment to halve food loss and waste by 2030

In 2020, Woolworths was a founding signatory of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa’s (CGCSA) Voluntary Food Loss and Waste agreement, which commits them to halve their…

NYC mayor announces $110 million grant for Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market

New York City mayor Eric Adams has announced that the Hunts Point Produce Market has been selected for a $110 million federal grant to upgrade and improve its facilities. The…

Australia: $6.4 million boost for cool-climate horticulture growers

Scientists are giving Australian growers in cooler climates the opportunity to participate in a $6.4M research trial program to help the industry adapt to climate change. The…

Highlights from the Washington Conference – Day 2

This week, from September 26 until September 28, the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) hosts The Washington Conference (TWC). This annual event addresses the most pressing public policy matters. Below is a recap of the second day.Industry members Marched on the Hill, advocating for the…

UK growers threaten to quit NFU as its president backs scrapping of “Brexit bonus” nature subsidies

UK growers are threatening to quit the National Farmers’ Union after its president, Minette Batters, leader said she supported the government’s apparent move to scrap…

Leon Bol, New Green:

"Dollar exchange rate means double export volumes to North America, but not all that glitters is gold"

The dollar is rapidly gaining value against the most important currencies, including the euro, which is at its lowest level in 20 years. Dutch exporters are noticing this.…

Spanish consumers seek tax cuts on fresh food

Spain's main consumer organisation has called on the government to suspend taxes on the sale of basic foodstuffs to combat the sharp rise in supermarket prices. The proposal…

Falling UK pound will affect Kenyan imports and exports

A unit of sterling pound has fallen below Sh130 against the shilling, which means lower costs for imports from the UK, as well as decreased export earnings for farm produce to…

The sales of China's convenience store industry have maintained rapid growth of more than 10% for three consecutive years

In recent years, there have been more and more chain convenience stores in China. In the context of the continuous increase in the proportion of online retail, convenience…

In the 2021/22 season, Morocco's total horticultural product exports increased by 13%.

Agadir is Morocco's leading fruit and vegetable exporter

Agriculture is a real economic and social engine for the Sus-Masa region, which has undergone strong development, promoted by the Green Morocco Plan. The region, whose capital is Agadir, is considered the largest horticultural and citrus production area in the country. The activity accounts for 17.3% of…

-10% of producers in one year

The ready-to-eat fresh fruit and vegetables sector threatened with extinction

With this year's historic drought and the strong rise in production costs, climate change is being felt more and more in the agricultural sector. The French union of…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.90: No change from last week

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 £0.96 for bananas…

Murcian cooperatives accounted for 32.6% of the product volume that Anecoop marketed last year

Yesterday, Antonio Luengo, the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment, and Emergencies, met with Alejandro Monzón, the president of Anecoop, and…

Costa Rican pineapples see increased costs due to global inflation

As part of their responsibility to the associates and the persons that depend directly, and indirectly on the pineapple sector, the Costa Rican Chamber of United Pineapple Producers (Chamber of Piñeros Unidos) raised a concern to communicate what is happening in their country in line with what is…

Australian Lychee Growers Association on U.S. Exports

"At the moment we can't satisfy the demand - so it's a happy place for us."

The United States market is expected to provide some big opportunities for Australian lychee growers in the coming years, according to the peak industry body. Australian Lychee Growers Association (ALGA) President Derek Foley says the American market is a growing space with a high demand for the fruit,…

Highlights from The Washington conference – Day 1

This week, from September 26 until September 28, the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) hosts The Washington Conference (TWC). This annual event addresses the most pressing public policy matters. This is a re-cap of the first day. Produce Economic Outlook ForumIn conjunction with the Economic…

Pakistan: Fruit and vegetable price control system falters in Punjab

The prices of vegetables, fruits and several other essential have increased in major cities of Punjab due to a myriad of reasons. Consumers have complained that they were…

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Venezuelans and Colombians celebrate reopening of border

Yesterday, the border between Venezuela and Colombia was reopened with a festive ceremony. It had been closed for seven years before the restoration of diplomatic and economic relations between Caracas and Bogotá finally broke the impasse. Venezuelans and Colombians flocked to the Simón Bolívar…

Brazil completes 43 open markets globally in 2022

With the  opening of the Chinese market for Brazilian peanuts, Brazil reached 43 new markets opened for agricultural products by September this year. Since 2019, the number of open…

Government allows another 3,000 seasonal workers to come to NZ

Immigration Minister Michael Wood has announced “the largest increase to the RSE Scheme in over a decade”. The scheme, which brings seasonal workers to New Zealand from across…

Senasa workers suspend strike after agreement is reached

The indefinite strike called for this week by the Union of Workers of the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) was suspended after an agreement was reached on the…

More airlines leave Nigerian runways empty as charges, rejections stifle export

Almost a year after reports came out on foreign airlines departing Nigerian runways empty, the situation has changed, but not for the better. Today, more airlines are…

Garden Fresh has opened Rwanda’s first privately owned fresh produce packhouse

Garden Fresh, a Rwandan company specializing in export of fresh produce, has opened the country’s first privately owned packhouse located at the Prime Economic Zone in Masoro.…

Australian Mango Industry Association

Australian mango production to ramp up in the Northern Territory through October

Australian mango production is set to increase significantly in the next few weeks, according to the most recent crop data from the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA). Despite a slight fall over the past week from 118,000 to 116,000 trays, the number is forecast to jump to 313,000 trays this…

2022 Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition

Interest in renewables is increasing markedly amid soaring electricity prices

The 2022 Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition is being held soon, for the first time including a renewable energy workshop. Interest in renewables is…

ZimTrade CEO Allan Majuru on trade with Turkey:

"Consider a direct route or have a synergy arrangement to ensure ease of movement for both goods and passengers"

Industry experts of both countries recently pleaded for increased air connectivity between Zimbabwe and Turkey for enhanced logistics and transportation, as this will increase…

Marquee Global Investors Inject Rs3.1 bln in Indian Agri-business

Nashik-based Sahyadri Farms Post Harvest Care Ltd, a little-known farmer-led agri-processing company, has raised Rs3.1 bln (€40 mln) from a consortium of impact investors…

How international politics and trade impact the produce marketplace

International trade is an intricate business and one that last week’s IFPA Virtual Town Hall put into the spotlight with its session “Putting the “International” in IFPA: How Trade and International Politics Impact the Fresh Produce & Floral Marketplace.” Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, principal, AgTrade…

Bangkok, November 2-4

Join the knowledge hub at Asia Fruit Logistica 2022

The Asia Fruit Congress and the Asia Fruit Business Forum will take place together on the show floor at Asia’s premier trade show to deliver an unrivaled combination of information and insights. Executives will discuss the big issues in Asia’s fresh produce business at the Asia Fruit Congress. The Asia…

Pakistan: Crop losses in Sindh touch Rs364 billion

According to preliminary estimates, Pakistan’s economy has suffered a loss of approximately Rs4.81 trillion (€20.68 billion) due to the recent spell of torrential rains and…

“Impenetrable wall of inflation in food production”

France: Coopération Agricole calls for a Sovereignty Pact

Since 2021, the food sector has been experiencing the worst inflationary crisis in over 40 years on all agricultural and agri-food production costs. In addition to this, there…

UK energy support for businesses is welcome, but more details are needed

On Thursday, the 22nd of September, Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg told the House of Commons that the government will discount energy for businesses: “The government…

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National Retail Report - Specialty Crops (FVWRETAIL)

US retailers waste no time in steering shoppers towards fall favorites

Now that Autumn has officially begun, retailers wasted no time in steering shoppers towards even more fall favorites. Hard squashes, sweet potatoes, apples, and pumpkins were among the produce items widely promoted. Total ad numbers this week were 278,418, a 2% decrease from last week's 282,993. The…

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U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Imports of Peruvian blueberries through Philadelphia and NYC expected to increase

Last week’s potential rail strike highlighted the importance of having a resilient supply chain distribution system that can ensure the continuity of goods and services. Supply chain issues can have a significant impact on business, both in terms of cost and reputation. Peru imports of blueberries…

Exploding energy costs threaten fruit, vegetable, horticulture and potato industries Dreamstime

"Supply of domestic fruits and vegetables uncertain"

The exploding energy costs are endangering the existence of companies in the fruit, vegetable, horticulture and potato industries. A collapse of production cannot be ruled…

Pakistani exports to Afghanistan increased in August

Exports from Pakistan to Afghanistan increased to $95.5 million in August 2022, up 92% from August 2021. The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said that…

Spain's organic agricultural area increased by 8%, exceeding 2.6 million hectares in 2021

In 2021, Spain used 2,635,442 hectares for organic production, i.e. 8% more than in the previous year. With this increase, the area dedicated to organic production already…

Malaysia: Ministry earmarks Bintulu’s Batu 11 for agricultural food production

The Ministry of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development (MIFCORD) is focusing on agricultural food production at Taman Pertanian Batu 11, Jalan Bintulu-Miri.…

Antares Binder, Lotze Fruchtimport & Co. Hannover:

"With 10 delivery vehicles, we are servicing up to 200 customers in all areas daily"

At the local wholesale market in Hannover, the Lotze company has been able to assert itself over the past four decades as a point of contact for the entire range of fruit, vegetables and exotics from Germany and abroad. In a detailed interview on site, managing director Antares Binder discusses today's…

Freshflow GmbH

Avik Mukhija, Freshflow Ltd, on artificial intelligence in the fruit industry:

"The next step is to implement our process within wholesale as well"

Artificial intelligence was a foreign word until a few years ago, but now it is rapidly gaining importance. Avik Mukhija, CEO of Freshflow Ltd, a company founded in 2020, and his cooperation partner Carmine Paolino, have developed an AI-based process to increase efficiency as well as sales in the fruit…

'Poland and region has good demand for fresh produce'

Poland Fresh Market 2022 Photo Report

Participants attending the Fresh Market Poland Conference were eager for meetings with all the Polish retailers, which took place at the MCC Mazurkas Conference Centre in Warsaw, Poland on 22 September, 2022. The organizers arranged short slots for producers and suppliers to meet retail buyers. Several…

Michigan Senator Stabenow announces over $2 million for fruit and vegetable growers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, has announced that Michigan will receive $2,153,501 in federal…

Growers in Dominica can now process their fruits through advanced tech

The Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security of the Commonwealth of Dominica has announced that the national Export-Import Agency has bought…

Texas ag leaders express concerns about labor shortage

"We're being put out of business"

“We’re fighting to stay alive.” These are the words of Bret Erickson, senior vice-president of business affairs for Little Bear Produce based in Edinburgh, Texas at yesterday’s press conference: “Lower Food Prices, Keep Shelves Stocked: Common Sense Solutions to Texas’ Farm Labor Shortage.”  In 2021, the U.S.…

Lidl exports 88% of all the fruit and vegetable products it buys in the Valencian Community

Lidl continues to strengthen its commitment to the Valencian Community products and their internationalization. "The company has become one of the main export platforms for the regional agri-food industry, as demonstrated by the fact that, in just one year, it has exported 88% of all the fruit and…

Miguel Gómez of FenixFood: "We are already organizing the next season of organic Butternut and Hokkaido pumpkins from Egypt"

"Pumpkin prices may continue to rise"

In the market, pumpkins currently reach prices "of up to 1.20 and 1.30 Euro per kilo," said Miguel Gómez, of FenixFood's sales department. "Due to different factors, such as high temperatures and a lack of water, which have affected the production, and perhaps also to high consumption, the European stock…

The cumulative import value was 4.72 billion yuan from January to August

Imports of African agricultural products through Shanghai port surge

On September 16, 2022, a container cargo ship carrying 504 tons of South African citrus slowly docked at Yangshan Wharf, and the citrus appeared in major fruit stores the next…

Due to burdensome cost increases

British growers consider moving production to Morocco

British producers of fruits and vegetables are considering shifting their operations to warmer countries, including Morocco. Chief Executive of the British Growers Association…

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U.S. produce and floral industries add $339 billion to national output

The U.S. fresh produce and floral industries support 2.2 million total jobs across all 50 states and $120.1 billion in labor income, nearly reaching pre-COVID levels,…

"We want to share this new stage with all those companies and organizations that have accompanied us over the years"

The Association of Ethical Trade Forums (AFCE) is established

The Forums of Ethical Trade (FCE) has announced its new legal form that arises thanks to the push of organizations and companies in the sector that have been working together on this initiative since 2012. "We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Association of Ethical Trade Forums (AFCE)."…

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Jörn Böttcher, Managing Director of Großmarkt Hannover Ltd:

"We are fortunate that a succession has already been secured for a significant portion of our companies"

As one of three northern German metropolises, Hannover has also had a wholesale market since the Middle Ages. As the need for space steadily increased, the market was moved to its current location at Am Tönniesberg in 1958. Started in 1958 with 70,000 m², today the marketplace spans 230,000 m², mainly…

Australia needs more agricultural innovation in the years ahead

Australian growers have always been innovators, which has led in part to Australia becoming an agricultural powerhouse. The nation produces enough food for 75 million people,…

'Back British Farming Day' rescheduled to Wednesday 2 November

This year's Back British Farming Day has been rescheduled to take place in November. It was postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The NFU's annual initiative,…

USDA

Specialty crop growers increased value of crops insured by FCIP products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers various risk management products to farmers through the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) and for crops in counties where FCIP is not available through the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). All FCIP insurance products are actuarially…

Price up more than 10%

German fresh fruit and vegetable imports drop sharply again in July

In July, German fresh fruit and vegetable imports fell well short of those in the same month last year. In July 2022, imports reached 681,000 tons compared to 801,000 tons in July 2021. That is a drop of 15% or 120,000 tons. With that, the lesser imports in July were even more substantial than in the…

Brazilian consumers should see prices of seasonal fruits and vegetables drop

With the arrival of spring and the increase in temperatures, some  fruits and vegetables should become cheaper. Market vendor Pedro Henrique Silva Rodrigues has already noticed…

Uganda’s increased capacity ready for regional and European markets

Uganda is currently exporting 5.8 million tons of fresh fruits and vegetables worth US$35 million a year, second only in Sub-Saharan Africa to Nigeria. Thanks to a project…

Energy Bill Relief Scheme

UK farm businesses to have energy bills halved as part of new scheme

The British government has unveiled new support for farming and rural businesses facing surging energy bills this winter. The government will provide a discount on wholesale…

Polisario Front appreciates French Council of State decision on agri imports from Western Sahara

Earlier this week, Polisario Front, which calls itself the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, welcomed the decision of the French Council of State on…


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