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South Korea has almost zero food waste. Here’s what we can learn

Every few months or so, 69-year-old Seoul resident Hwang Ae-soon stops by a local convenience store to buy a 10-piece bundle of special yellow plastic bags. Since 2013, under South Korea’s mandatory composting scheme, residents have been required to use these bags to throw out their uneaten food. Printed…

Miguel Gonzàlez, MG Fruit:

"Uncertainty, challenges characterize Spanish season"

"The season started well. From early September, everything was in slightly short supply. So the first products from Almeria and Murcia looked promising," begins Miguel…

Oscar van Turenhout, OV Fruit:

"Spanish products are under pressure"

"Things are going pretty well," OV Fruit's Oscar van Turenhout, a Dutch fruit and vegetable trader, summarizes the Spanish vegetable market in early November. He notes that…

Kenyan seed firms blame the influx of Tanzanian vegetables on added VAT

Kenyan seed companies have blamed the influx of vegetables from Tanzania on the cheap cost of production in the neighboring country, as it does not charge the 16 per cent duty…

Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo:

‘South Africa’s agricultural growth path needs a focused trade policy strategy’

According to Agricultural Business Chamber chief economist Wandile Sihlobo, South Africa’s agricultural growth path needs a focused trade policy strategy. Agbiz said that…

Fruit and vegetables from Belgium eyecatchers at networking dinner in London

A networking dinner organised by Fresh From Belgium, the B2B foreign department of VLAM, brought together a gathering of UK traders, journalists, food bloggers and Belgian retailers on 22 November in London to get to know Belgian fruit and vegetables in a different way, VLAM reports. The eye-catchers on the…

Soweto-based business produces over a million seedlings per quarter

SA bioscientists helping farmers grow produce

Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change make it difficult for farmers to grow quality produce. As concerns around food shortages continue to intensify, there is…

Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research report:

‘Allowing imports of fruit and vegetables likely to endanger food security’

Israel already imports almost half of its food; much more than half if the import of animal feed is taken into account, says the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic…

VBT figures week 47

First bunches from fall cultivation hit Belgian market, tomato prices decreased slightly

Growers that currently hold tomato cultivation in their greenhouses, hope for good prices. In that respect it's not yet going well. The first harvest from fall cultivation…

Vietnam: Total agri import-export value reached US$90.26 bln in the past eleven months

According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the past eleven months, the total import-export value of the agricultural industry reached US$90.26…

Threatening table grape and pecan production, among others

More flooding expected in Orange River region

“Earlier than usual flooding” stretching from the Prieska to Kakamas areas in the Orange River region of the Northern Cape, have left farmers concerned about the rest of the…

South Africa: Basic food basket costs R500 more than one year ago

Compared with just one year ago, South Africans are having to spend more than R500 more each month for basic food items. According to the latest Household Affordability Index,…

City of Hanoi wants to increase hi-tech agricultural production

Hanoi city officials aim at hi-tech farm produce accounting for 70% of its total agricultural products by 2025. Currently, the city has a number of high-quality agricultural…

Agbiz, South Africa

'Agricultural growth path needs a focused trade policy strategy'

According to Agricultural Business Chamber chief economist Wandile Sihlobo, South Africa’s agricultural growth path needs a focused trade policy strategy. South Africa’s…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

Increased attention for apples, potatoes, grapes and cranberries

Many ads from last week were extended through Thanksgiving in order to accommodate last-minute holiday shoppers, resulting in fewer stores posting new specials this week. For those chains which did release new advertisements, Black Friday specials were in the spotlight, with even many stores which…

USDA

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

Florida tomato growers are moving forward after Hurricane Ian’s aftermath

As Florida’s tomato industry begins to rebound, the headlines coming out of Florida are “not all is lost”. Tomato growers in Florida are moving forward after Hurricane Ian’s aftermath. Even though central Florida took the brunt of the storm, replanting has begun, and the weather is looking favorable.…

Graham Forber - G's

“There is definitely potential for our products in Asia

Love Beets from G’s is a well know product both in Europe and abroad and it was launched in the US 10 years ago. It has also gained traction in Asia and Australia through a partnership with Australian company One Harvest. There is also brand presence in the South African market. “One Harvest has decided…

Bureau of Meteorology says there’s more wet weather to come

Storms and heavy rains over parts of regional Queensland

Heavy rain fell across parts of regional Queensland overnight and the Bureau of Meteorology is urging residents to prepare, with storms and possible hail predicted for the…

Cost of exporting fresh and dry produce drops 62 per cent in Kenya

In Kenya, the cost of exporting fresh and dry produces have dropped 62 per cent on reduced administrative cost through harmonization of export trade procedures. The Kenya…

Growers, operators and stakeholders unite to address overseas recruitment challenge

Clock House Farm initiated a gathering of growers, government-approved operators, and key stakeholder organizations in London this month to discuss how to address the challenges associated with overseas recruitment – including concerns regarding migrant worker welfare. The grower roundtable hosted by…

CNTC, Fedesur and FedeQuinta end strike after agreement with government

Agriculture fears losses due to Chilean truckers’ strike

For the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex), the truckers' strike in Chile could lead to losses of nearly 500 million dollars. The indefinite strike called by the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.88

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 stood at £0.88 for bananas from Belize. Costa…

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…


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