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Drought in California: What are the consequences for the rest of the US?

The entire state of California is now in a drought emergency. That was already true in much of the state, and it’s been having a big impact on farmers and ranchers — some of…

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US Senate approved extension of tariff preferences for Ecuador

The Ambassador of Ecuador to the US, Ivonne Baki, has stated that on October 20, 2021 the US Senate approved the extension of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) so…

China-Africa trade is bouncing back from Covid-19

China’s trade with Africa could be set to return to pre-pandemic levels, if recent momentum can be maintained. In the first eight months of the year, total two-way trade…

Nation to allow duty-free import of fresh Afghan fruit and vegetables

Pakistan announces Rs 5 bln assistance to ease trade with Afghanistan

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the leadership of Afghanistan’s interim government, after which he announced in-kind assistance of Rs 5 billion…

Kerala state rains and floods

Alappuzha crop losses estimated at Rs 270 mln

Crop losses in Alappuzha district, including the Kuttanad region, due to the rains and floods is estimated at around Rs 270 mln (€3.24 mln) by the Department of Agriculture…

Quezon, the Philippines

San Miguel Crop. opens regional food hub for farmers

San Miguel Corp. has formally inaugurated the San Miguel Market, one of the key components of its relocation model that provides at-risk and displaced fisherfolk families in…

New Zealand and the United Kingdom reach free trade deal

Trade deal approved - parties hope it opens more doors

Yesterday, Britain agreed to a trade deal with New Zealand, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the UK intends to expand economic links around the world following…

A report by ING:

The 4 Covid-induced consumer shifts that changed our attitude to fresh produce

The Covid pandemic has triggered four shifts in consumer behavior in Europe which continue to influence the fruit and vegetable industry. It has resulted in more online shopping for fresh produce, but a continuation of that shift to healthier consumption patterns cannot be taken for granted 1. Shift from…

Labor shortages may cause Australian growers to lose crops

More than 22,000 more workers are still needed to fill labor shortages across Australia’s agriculture industry. Without these, the nation could see crop losses for farmers and…

Expo 2020 Dubai Commissioner General Ambassador Mary Mubi:

'Zimbabwe can expect surge in exports to Dubai'

Firms and individual entrepreneurs from Zimbabwe must aggregate their horticultural produce to meet the large volumes required by the Dubai market, in the United Arab…

Nicolas Cabot, Les Jardins de la Méditerranée:

“No more throwing away food in 2021!”

Les Jardins de la Méditerranée/Imagine 84 is an association created in 2008 by the French Ministry of Health as part of the operation “5 fruits and vegetables per day”. It recovers unsold fruit and vegetables in order to redistribute them to food aid recipients.  “The merchandise comes from the entire fruit…

Bureau of Customs steps up actions against vegetable smugglers

According to Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, the ongoing investigation into the importation of smuggled vegetables from China has resulted in raids of at…

'Supporting local produce could offset UK’s post-Brexit food supply issues'

The UK has seen extraordinary demands on food supply chains over the last couple of years. Now, some sources claim that local suppliers and producers will play a key role in…

Onato

Onato gains seed funding to digitalize fruit & vegetable supply chain India

Onato is a Bengaluru-based B2B online platform for fresh produce that has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The round was led by Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India - an affiliate of Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek - with participation from local agrifood tech VC firm Omnivore. The startup said…

Costa Rica presents itself as a boutique fresh produce country

Costa Rica is well known as a paradise tourist destination, but there is much more that differentiates the country from other Latin American countries. High-level decisions made in the past seventy years have impacted the country’s fresh produce industry, setting it apart as a boutique supplier of fresh…

Freshcare’s 2030 Vision

Freshcare outlines roadmap to sustainable future for Australian fresh food producers

Freshcare has backed the Federal Government’s national agricultural plan for $100 billion output by 2030. Freshcare’s 2030 Vision outlines its roadmap to deliver a sustainable…

Concern about the sharp increase in costs that will mark the fruit and vegetable campaign

The escalation of costs affects each and every one of the production processes of horticultural companies. The costs of inputs for cultivation, such as fertilizers, energy,…

“Waste Not, Want Not” with launch of Re-purposeful Picks range

Australian food retailer Harris Farm Markets has announced the launch of Re-purposeful Picks, a product range made from upcycling perishable food items into premium quality products with longer shelf life. Harris Farm Markets is the first Australian major grocery retailer to release a product range of…

China’s future food demand and its implications for trade and environment

Satisfying China’s food demand without harming the environment is one of the greatest sustainability challenges for the coming decades. Here we provide a comprehensive…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week prices at £0.74 for bananas from Colombia

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 £0.74 for bananas…

Morocco creates a platform for the export of fruit and vegetables, setting reference prices

Six entities in the Moroccan fruit and vegetable sector are preparing the creation of a large platform for the export of horticultural products, born of an agreement sealed at…

SmartCitrus is a program to optimise the supply chain and the quality of the fruit and minimise waste

AgroFresh is well-known in the industry for their pre and post-harvest solutions for fresh produce. The company has recently introduced some new products on the market, one of which is SmartCitrus which helps citrus growers to create a produce freshness program tailored specifically to their goals and…

Ugandan growers and Agricycle announce partnership to access global markets

Ugandan growers and Agricycle have announced a partnership for growers to access global markets through Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). In excess of 9,400 young…

Destatis:

Producer prices of agricultural products, August 2021 up 13.3% year-on-year

Producer prices of agricultural products were  up 13.3% in August 2021 compared to the same month in 2020, up 1.2% from July 2021. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the price increase of 23.4% for crop products in August 2021 compared with August 2020 was mainly due to higher cereal…

Qatar witnesses huge leaps in food self-sufficiency

In 2020-21, Qatar’s agricultural sector has taken clear steps towards achieving food security, increasing agricultural production, and the self-sufficiency rate of…

Lao People's Democratic Republic records trade surplus of US$117 million in September

According to the latest information from the Lao Trade Portal website, Laos recorded a trade surplus of about US$117 million in September. The official data showed a total…

Department of Agriculture estimate:

‘Agri losses and damage caused by storm “Maring” have reached P1.74 billion’

Tropical storm ‘Maring’ left the Philippines on October 12, after having caused colossal losses to some 57,000 farmers, fishers and livestock raisers. The regions of…

USDA

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

'Rates for air and ground transport keep rising, along with fuel prices'

US consumers are again seeing a scarcity of certain goods on store shelves as transportation shortages continue on a global scale. Sea ports all over the world are struggling to cope with an overabundance of empty containers needing to be repositioned, along with record amounts of new goods arriving to…

'Limited scope for growing South African agricultural exports in African markets'

South Africa’s agricultural sector is arguably one of the most vibrant on the continent. It follows that the importance of trade and logistics to South Africa’s agricultural…

Terra Mia Italia - the business network promoting top-quality Italian products

High-quality, the excellence of producer companies, product traceability, safe transactions, the protection of Italian products, direct dialogue between producers and the big retail chains, services for members - this is the best that can be offered to consumers looking for high-quality products.   Terra Mia Italia…

Exports increased by 1.2% in the 2020/21 season

China consolidates itself as the second destination country for Chilean fresh fruit

According to the president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown Fernandez, Chile exported a total of 2,567,717 tons of fresh fruits in the…

Russian Federation

September inflation growth largely driven by rising fruit and vegetable prices

In September 2021, annual inflation increased to 7.40% in the Russian Federation. This growth is mainly attributed to the situation in certain food markets. According to data…

California's San Joaquin Valley

Megadrought forcers growers to abandon fields

San Joaquin Valley growers are currently struggling with the megadrought. California regulators have cut farmers' water allotments by a third due to low reservoir levels. Joe…

A ripe opportunity:

Why Morocco is ready to compete with fresh produce in the UK

El Mehdi El Alami, Director of export promotion and development of Morocco FoodEx believes that Morocco is on a strong footing when it comes to its fresh fruit and vegetables…

Ziv Dotan - MIKSHAR

Israel will see increased demand for imported fruit and veg due to sabbatical year

Israel is well known around the world for its good quality fruit and vegetable exports such as citrus, avocados, mangoes, dates, cherry tomatoes, peppers and also potatoes as…

Escalation and transformation in the fruit wholesale market in China

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for the global fruit industry for almost 2 years now, and the global shipping capacity remains the big problem to fruit traders. There have been several changes and transformations in the industry in response to these challenges. Several main fruit wholesale…

NSW growers hope opening of international borders will ease labor shortages

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced that international arrivals won't have to isolate when entering NSW if they are fully vaccinated and test negative for…

Ugandan growers to access global markets through PSFU and Agricycle partnership

In excess of 9,400  young Ugandan growers are set to benefit from a new partnership between Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), the country’s apex body for the private sector,…

Edwin Janssen, BUD Holland:

"More Peruvian specialties being imported in the wake of better-known exotics'

"We've been importing the more popular exotics from Peru for 20 years. These include vegetables and white and green asparagus. But also black figs, flown-in mangos, and Barhi dates. We know that country well and have connections there," explains Edwin Janssen of BUD Holland. "Thanks to that, we began weekly…

Inflation prompted some shifts in September fruit and vegetable demand

September continued where August left off. “The multi-month normalization of consumption and grocery shopping patterns came to a halt in August hand-in-hand with an uptick in COVID-19 case counts,” said Parker, team lead fresh with IRI. “In September, the IRI survey of primary grocery shoppers found an…

Fruit prices up 58%

Serbian prices of agricultural produce goes up 24% in one year

According to data from the State Statistical Office, prices of agricultural produce grown in Serbia increased by almost a quarter in one year, or 24%. The price of fruit has…

Zimbabwe’s President to commission fruit and vegetable facility today

Today, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to commission the Tabudirira Fruit and Vegetable Processing Hub in Mutoko. The plant is in line with Vision 2030 of an empowered upper…

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Agri-photovoltaics as a resilience concept for adaptation to climate change

The agricultural sector is facing new challenges. In the wake of climate change, strategies must be developed to avoid negative impacts on harvests. Fruit cultivation in Germany is already affected by the consequences of climate change: strong solar radiation, rising temperatures and increasingly…

'Spanish snake cucumbers took off massively'

Spanish snake cucumbers took off massively, taking the lead in the assortment. Dutch and domestic offers followed, in almost equal numbers, Belgian shipments completed the market. In Munich, there were also Greek lots from midweek onwards. The end of the season for Central European products is imminent,…

Jodan Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat:

‘Agricultural sector on path to recovery’

At the start of this week, Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat said that Jordan’s agricultural sector is on the path to recovery from the pandemic. The actual agricultural…

Nobel-Winning gene-editing technology to make agriculture an easier, more profitable, and safer activity

Israeli startup BetterSeeds is licensing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology from Corteva Agriscience and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which earned its…

Cajamar and FEPEX renew their commitment to promote Spanish fruit and vegetable exports

The president of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, and Live Plants (FEPEX), Jorge F. Brotons, and the president of…

Alice Zaslavsky - Interacting with your Consumers

How developing a better connection with consumers helps boost fresh fruit and vegetable consumption

One of Australia's leading food writers says growers need to connect with consumers not only to push the message surrounding their produce, but also to listen to what is important to them, as the appetite grows for healthy eating. Alice Zaslavsky, author of the book "In Praise of Veg" says she interacts…

Deal expands FreshEdge’s Michigan footprint

Vine Line joins FreshEdge

FreshEdge, a family of produce and specialty food companies backed by Rotunda Capital Partners, acquired Vine Line, a fresh produce distributor located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vine Line operates…

Flemish research project looks into possibility of creating cosmetics based on raw vegetable material

InCoCells is a project, researching the possibility of creating cosmetics based on raw vegetable material, produced and harvested in a high-tech manner. It aims to give…

Spanish growers protest against Moroccan agricultural products

Spanish growers have been demanding that government officials "comply and control imports from third countries," including Morocco, based on agreements with the EU. The…

Closing of borders between Myanmar and China greatly affected the import and export trade

According to news from the Shan State border in Myanmar, from October 6th, Chinshwehaw-Gengma Mengding Port has suspended border trade operations. During the port closure…

Asparagus and table grapes account for 40% of Sonora's agricultural export income

Asparagus and table grapes are Sonora's agricultural products that have the highest value in the international market. Together they account for nearly 40% of the total income…

UAE fruit and vegetable distributor to increase imports from Zimbabwe

Prominent fruit and vegetable products distributor Ali Gholami, based in Dubai, has stated it intends to increase the volume and value of its horticultural imports from…

Fruit & Vegetable Boxes from BILLA:

Second chance for fresh fruit and vegetables

Under the motto "SAVING THE GOOD", BILLA is expanding the offer of the popular fruit and vegetable boxes which are already offered at eight Styrian BILLA stores, the Rewe Group reports. This means that from now on, diverse fruit and vegetable boxes full of perfectly good fruit and vegetables are…

Rain covers key to quality and supply says New Zealand cherry grower

New Zealand cherry grower Cherri Global is working towards having 100% of their mature cherry production under rain covers for the coming 2021-22 season. Following the record-breaking rainfall on January 1, 2021 that hit the Otago region and wiped out around 40-50% of the remaining cherry crops Cherri…

Sending a letter to Biden administration

Florida: Congressional delegation insists on protections against Mexican imports

Both US senators and two-thirds of the state’s Congressional delegation are lobbying the Biden administration to protect Florida’s farmers from ‘unfairly-priced and…

Jamaica - Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Minister Shaw promises millions of dollars in agri investments

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has announced millions of dollars in investments to be infused into the agricultural sector. Among these will be a US $95m…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Costa Rican bananas sold for £0.75 this 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 £0.57 for bananas…

Claus Lermer, Früchte Lermer GmbH & Co.:

"Great demand for cress, wild herb salads and organic sprouts in hospitality industry"

Convenience products are more popular than ever. Particularly in the restaurant and hotel industry, which has been hit hard by Covid-19, there is a shortage of staff, which is why kitchens are increasingly turning to sliced or quick-to-prepare goods. Claus Lermer, managing director of Früchte Lermer Ltd…

Bangladesh: Government plans to raise agricultural exports to US$ 2 billion

The government of Bangladesh has drafted two roadmaps to boost the country’s annual exports of agricultural goods to US$ 2 billion within the next two fiscal years. A…

USDA

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Potatoes, onions and carrots heavily advertised in the US

Now that fall's warm days and cool nights have arrived in most areas of the country, potatoes, onions and carrots were heavily advertised in the US, as well as celery, hard squash, mushrooms, cabbage, greens, and tomatoes. Pumpkins took up quite a bit of ad space this week, because of the season’s…

Pinduoduo releases report on consumption trends during the National Day holiday

Orders for agricultural products increased by 279% year-on-year

On October 8, the new e-commerce platform Pinduoduo released a report on consumption trends during the Golden Week, National Day. As the largest domestic agricultural product…

BLE- Market report week 39/21:

'In general, the availability of grapes was sufficient to meet the demand'

Italian goods formed the basis of the offer. Italia, Michele Palieri and Crimson Seedless were at the forefront. Red Globe and Victoria supplemented the action. Turkish Sultana generally turned over quickly. In some places, they became more expensive as a result of scarcity. In Berlin, on the other hand,…

Brazil: September´s estimate oranges at 13.8% less against last year

According to the September estimates of the Systematic Survey of Agricultural Production (LSPA), Brazil's harvest of cereals, legumes and oilseeds should reach 250.9 million…

Huge rise in vending machine sales

Digitalization is increasingly creating possibilities for the use of vending machines. This is an easy way for growers to market products via a short-chain. And these days, vending machines are increasingly finding their way into cities too.  "Agricultural businesses have always been one of our important, sizeable…

Sealink is planning a maritime service to transport vegetables between Almeria and the United Kingdom

Jesus Caicedo, the president of Almeria's Port Authority (APA), attended the Fruit Attraction fair and held a working meeting with representatives of the Almeria consignee J.…

EU increases aid for fruit and vegetable sector

The European Commission announced that it will increase its aid to fruit and vegetable producers and wine growers impacted by the frost, floods, and heatwaves. This aid is…

USDA

Seeing a sustained and rising demand for fruits and vegetables

US farm export numbers are at record-setting levels

According to USDA data, US agri exports for fiscal 2021 are the largest ever. Shipments to foreign buyers totaled $160.2 billion with one month to go in the fiscal year, topping the record of $156.8 billion set in fiscal 2014. The USDA has forecast exports of $173.5 billion in fiscal 2021, thanks to a…

Nigel Jenney, UK Fresh Produce Consortium

"Don’t blame the industry, Boris, what we need is your support"

An Andrew Marr interview with Boris Johnson, aired on Sunday, 3 October, revealed a prime minister who Nigel Jenney, chief executive of the UK’s Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) says “has fundamentally failed to understand the importance of our normally seamless food supply chain.” When questioned about…

Peru: Agri-food exports to Hong Kong continue to grow in 2021

During the first months of 2021, Peruvian agri-food exports to Hong Kong increased, rising to 100 million dollars in June. This constitutes an increase of 53.9% compared to…

Alleviating effects of 2021 spring frosts, floods and heat waves

EU to extend support for fruit and vegetable sectors

The European Commission will increase support and extend existing measures for the wine, fruit and vegetable sectors after they suffered from spring frosts, floods and heat…

UK fruit and vegetable market uncertain amid delivery constraints

A combination of Brexit and the pandemic have caused a labor shortage in the UK. Currently, the UK fruit and vegetable sector continues to grapple with the effect of labor…

"If you are not changing, you are not improving"

Modern technology adoption hold the keys to future-proofing fresh produce industry

If a horticultural company is not embracing change on their farms, then there is no way they can improve, and are thus becoming stagnant or risking going backwards, according to a leading agriculture entrepreneur. Jack Milbank, CEO of Lexi Tech Pte Ltd (AgPro) says that even if a business is doing well,…

Lord Mayor of London commends agricultural growth in Kenya

Lord Mayor William Russel of the City of London has commended Kenya on its achievements in the education, technology, infrastructure, manufacturing and tourism sectors. Russel…

Winet

Irrigation - how to save up to 40% of water

"Objective parameters are needed to obtain the best yields and eliminate waste - it is no longer possible to wing irrigation based on one's experience or that of a neighbor," explains Emanuele Tavelli, manager of Winet, a company established in 2011. Winet is currently using sensors for the monitoring…

Australian fresh produce supply chain education project set to be rolled out nationally

A unique educational tool that will immerse school students in the dynamic world of global fruit and vegetable supply chain management is being extended to classrooms nationally, to help inspire and equip them to take up roles in the fresh produce industry. The initiative, which started as a pilot in…

Australis provides commercial update

Alps enters into initial $1.4 million engagement with Pure Harvest Smart Farms

Terry Booth, CEO, has announced that Australis Capital Inc.'s majority owned subsidiary ALPS has entered into an agreement with Pure Harvest Smart Farms, a pioneer in…

Peruvian fruit and vegetable stakeholders attend Fruit Attraction 2021

From October 5th to 7th, Fruit Attraction returns in its in-person format. Industry partners from Peru will be part of this edition, as detailed by the Promotion Commission of…

Turkish farmers faced with severe droughts

Thousands of farmers across Turkey have had their livelihoods ravaged as so little rain has fallen to nourish their crops for the past two years. Some experts accuse President…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas at £0.79 for goods from Belize, steady 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 were at £0.79 for bananas…

Analyse by Jan Kees Boon, Fruit&Vegetable Facts:

How self-sufficient is the UK, fruit and vegetable-wise?

The United Kingdom relies heavily on vegetable, and especially fruit, imports. They grow just over half their own vegetables. There were fewer imports in 2020, but production remained the same. The UK's vegetable self-sufficiency rate, therefore, increased. It rose by about three percent to 56%. That…

Namibia

Governor Endjala wants Omusati region to lead in agro-processing

The governor of Namibia’s Omusati region, Erginus Endjala, who has always advocated for agriculture in his area, aspires the region to become a pioneer in agro processing. In…

For the time being, nothing will change as regards the fruit and vegetable exports from this country

EU General Court annuls part of the agricultural agreement with Morocco

The General Court of the European Union has annulled part of the agricultural agreement between the EU and Morocco; in particular, that relating to the extension to the Western Sahara of the preferences granted to Morocco under the Association Agreement. It has also annulled the partnership agreement on…

Labor troubles lead to price rises and waste in the UK

UK tomatoes usually arrive on the nation’s supermarket shelves in 24 hours. However, this year there are neither enough seasonal workers to staff the production line or enough…

French food products more expensive than in the rest of the EU

French food products in supermarkets are on average 15% more expensive than in the rest of the European Union, according to a survey reported by French TV TF1. A price gap justified by the quality of the products and the cost of labor in France. A reason which pushes some French consumers near Germany to…

France wants to reduce food waste by 50% by 2025

For the International Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day, French minister of Food and Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, and French minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara…

"Vegetables People Love": once again, the company demonstrates its commitment to the entire value chain

BASF will present its new tomato and melon crop proposals at Fruit Attraction

BASF will participate in the first face-to-face edition of Fruit Attraction (9C11) since the beginning of the pandemic, which will be held from October 5 to the 7. The company will do so with two objectives: on the one hand, to demonstrate its unconditional commitment to the entire agri-food value chain,…

Peru underway to become major global food supplier

According to Association of Peruvian Exporters chairman Erik Fischer, Peru has started to stand out as a global food supplier, taking the top spots as exporter of various…

USDA

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

Mexican avocado crossings through Texas expected to increase seasonally

Although major news outlets are now reporting the story of port delays and backlogs around the world, the situation improved somewhat this week in the US as mitigation efforts at the Port of Long Beach and others have begun to take effect. Produce is offloading with a few condition issues reported as…

Birmingham-based importer/wholesaler sees turnover jump past £170 mln

Birmingham-based global importer and wholesaler of fresh fruit and vegetables Minor, Weir and Willis, has been trading since 1963. It now has reported a turnover of £173.9 mln…

BLE- Market report week 38/21:

'Regarding beef tomatoes, Belgian deliveries significantly outnumbered Dutch'

TOV offers came primarily from the Netherlands and Belgium. Items from Germany, Croatia, and Turkey complemented the action. Polish fruit appeared exclusively in Berlin. In the case of beef tomatoes, Belgian deliveries clearly outnumbered those from the Netherlands. On the other hand, cherry tomatoes…

'On average, three containers of fresh produce lost every week'

Kenyan exporters lose millions to rogue importers from UAE

Kenyan exporters of fresh produce are incurring massive losses at the hands of rogue buyers from the United Arab Emirates. The exporters said there are rising cases of rogue…

Group strengthens distribution of fruit and vegetables from the Italian supply chain

Orsero takes 50% of the share capital of Agricola Azzurra

Orsero, a company active in the distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables, has signed an agreement for the purchase of 50% of the share capital of the Agricola Azzurra…

PMA Virtual Town Hall

Overview of consumer shopping trends

There’s no doubt about it that the pandemic significantly affected how consumers shop for food--and what they buy. Yesterday’s PMA Virtual Town Hall, “Consumer Trends in Action”, dug deeper into trends emerging from the last 18 months…and what lies ahead. Tom Rees, industry manager with Euromonitor…

Dreamstime

Swiss Parliament wants to promote local fruits and vegetables

The Swiss parliament wants the federal government to promote the consumption of locally grown vegetables and fruits. Following the National Council, the Council of States also…

Aiming to help farmers sell produce in Middle East

KissanPro signs pact with Barakat Vegetable & Fruit

Agri-tech firm KissanPro, based in Jharkhand, provides crop advisory to over 20,000 farmers in Jharkhand and also supplies inputs and marketing services to around 5,000…

Yet; consumers are checking out more frozen alternatives

Deloitte: Demand for fresh food shows no signs of cooling

Consumers are worried the fresh food on store shelves isn't as fresh as it used to be. Sixty percent say the time between buying and spoiling has gotten shorter recently. Meanwhile,…

The agrarian organizations of Almeria call for a strike and a mobilization on October 8

The agricultural organizations from Almeria Asaja, Coag, and UPA have called for an agricultural strike and a concentration in the port of Almeria on October 8 to demand fair…

The relationships between the fruit and vegetable community help improve the sector's day-to-day

Fruitobox, more than a fruit and vegetable fair

Fruit and vegetable producers, marketers, auxiliary industry, logistics, and transport sectors have at their disposal a privileged place to weave a network of contacts that…

"It forces you to think about the industry, and not just the thing that you are trying to innovate"

How embracing open innovation principles can help facilitate growth of Australian horticulture businesses

A global innovation agency believes that in modern-day trade, there has become a need for expertise that was not previously associated with horticulture and fresh fruit and vegetable production, in order to facilitate transformation and growth into the future. While the concept of open innovation, and…

Research shows 68 percent of shoppers will pay more for branded produce

New research from Foodmix Marketing Communications, a food marketing agency, reveals the underdeveloped state of branding within the fresh produce industry and shows how…

Belize PM John Briceño visits Mexico

Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai has ‘great expectations for better trade’

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise, Jose Abelardo Mai, hopes that more intensive trade with Mexico, particularly in the agricultural field, will result…

Kevin Auyeung on 'the European Art of Taste'

The role of production territories for the export of fruit and vegetables

As part of the China Forum organized in MacFrut, the companies involved in the project The European Art of Taste had the opportunity to present themselves to the Asian market…

New possibilities for Vietnam-US agricultural cooperation

From September 21 to 25, a number of working sessions has been held between Vietnamese officials and US partners. Among the latter were the US International Trade Commission…

Persimmon, citrus and almond trees, among the most affected crops

Another hailstorm hit 17,200 hectares of crops in Spanish Region of Valencia

Last weekend, the agricultural sector in the Spanish Region of Valencia was affected by another hailstorm that hit approximately 17,200 hectares of crops throughout the province of Valencia, according to initial estimates of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (Ava-Asaja). The hardest hit…

Spain expects to produce 5% more table grapes and 14% fewer almonds this year

According to the latest crop forecast from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA), the country will produce 312,400 tons of table grapes and 302,800 tons of…

The employment counselor presided over the signing of the agreement between Asempal, Ecohal, Coexphal, CC. OO., and UGT

A new collective agreement for the fruit and vegetable handling sector in Almeria was signed

The president of Coexphal, Juan Antonio Gonzalez Real, has signed the collective agreement for the handling of fruit and vegetables that was reached with Asempal, Ecohal, and the CC. OO. and UGT unions. The agreement was signed at the Government delegation of the Junta de Andalucia, under the presidency…

UAE: 29mln worth of local fresh products sold since beginning of 2021

Union Coop, the largest consumer in the UAE, revealed the volume of its sales of local irganic and hydroponic fresh vegetables and fruits, amounting to more than AED 29 million since the beginning of the year 2021, noting that supporting and encouraging local agriculture comes at the top of its…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.79 per kg: up 16% 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 from Belize stood at £0.79…

University of East Anglia Health and Social Care Partners research:

'Eating more fruit and vegetables better for mental health of children'

According to new research from the University of East Anglia Health and Social Care Partners, children with a diet that is packed with fruit and vegetables, exhibit better mental wellbeing. This study is the first to investigate the association between fruit and vegetable intakes, breakfast and lunch…

Australian vegetable exports in the COVID-19 pandemic

"The last thing that we want is for people to give up on it because it is too hard"

While the past year has presented a lot of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on the export front, a leading Australian fresh produce company says the current environment is "more opportunistic than ever". Trent De Paoli, from DePaoli Orchards, works with both fresh and…

China ignores nine Taiwanese attempts to resolve dispute over arbitrary import bans

Sources say China has ignored nine attempts by Taiwan to resolve the dispute over its arbitrary import ban on Taiwan’s fruits. Beijing announced it would halt imports of…

Peruvian fruit & vegetable exports exceed US$2.8 billion in 1H 2021

Seeing an increase of 26% over the same period last year, Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports exceeded US$2.801 billion between January and July in 2021. Last year, global…

FTAs boost Chile- Vietnam trade

Free trade agreements between Vietnam and Chile have given a boost to their bilateral trade ties.  Statistics by the MoIT reveal that by the end of August, the two-way trade reached 1.27 billion USD despite…

Honduras' agricultural sector is still dealing with the consequences of Eta and Iota

Up until the end of July, Honduran agricultural activity registered an 8.4% drop, especially in banana, African palm, melon, watermelon, and sugar cane as a result of the…

Frits van der Meulen's column

"Dutch products' quality still good"

"We're approaching the end of September. But, there are still plenty of Dutch products being traded. Bell peppers' quality is good. There's little to complain about,…

Kees Havenaar (Frutas Luna): "Spanish growers benefit from high Dutch gas prices"

"More specialties being planted in Spain every year"

The new Spanish vegetable season is about to get started at Frutas Luna. Yet in his preview, the company's Kees Havenaar's first trip was to La Palma, in the Canary Islands. "It's distressing what's currently going on there due to the volcanic eruption. Hundreds of hectares of banana plantations have…

Alexander Kurtz, Fruco S.A.:

“In 2020, we recovered nearly 20,000 tons of rejected goods”

Based in ​​Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourg), Fruco S.A. specializes in the management of goods rejected by large centralized retailers. The company collaborates with European transport firms from Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland and Norway. Lately, Fruco S.A. has wanted to expand its logistic network in order to…

Semmaris and Coopération Agricole sign a partnership to promote French products at Rungis

Semmaris, the company managing the International Market of Rungis, and Coopération Agricole, the federation of French agricultural cooperatives, are signing a partnership agreement in order to develop the access to the cooperative product offer at Rungis. The Rungis Market/Semmaris and Coopération…

UAE: Union Coop fresh products sales top $7.8 mln

Union Coop is the largest consumer union coop in the United Arab Emirates. It has put out a statement saying the volume of its sales of local, organic and hydroponic fresh…

Pedro Paniagua, of Cobella: "In a matter of half an hour, everything was flooded".

Storm in Spanish province of Huelva hits Campo de Lepe, Cartaya, and La Redondela

The storm that hit Lepe, Cartaya, La Redondela, and Ayamonte last Thursday has caused considerable damages to the residents of these municipalities of the Spanish province of Huelva. As far as the agricultural sector is concerned, the damage to farms has also been significant. In the case of strawberries,…

BLE- Market report week 37/21:

'The plum assortment was broad, although availability was somewhat limited'

Local plum offerings formed the basis of the range, above all Hauszwetschge, Top and Ortenauer. The presence of Cacak's Fruchtbare was obviously limited, while the importance of Presenta grew. Stanley from Eastern Europe played an important role, with these items appearing primarily in Berlin. Italian…

State of Odisha prepares plan to scale up fruit and vegetable production Bhubaneswar

The Odisha government has formed a committee under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commission Raj Kumar Sharma. It will prepare a…

Fruit and vegetables worth more than $125 mln exported in two months

Fruit and vegetable exports from Pakistan during first two months of current financial year saw a 23.49% and 82.88% growth respectively, year-on-year. During the period from…

Helmut Hübsch of GfK SE:

Fruit and vegetables in Germany - figures, trends and facts

Helmut Hübsch of GfK SE presented current figures and forecasts for 2021 at DOGK (Deutsche Obst & Gemüse Kongress 2021). While private consumption rose sharply in 2020 due to the lockdown, out-of-home consumption dropped sharply. For example, as a share of total sales, out-of-home consumption was still…

India: Central Railway transports more than 200,000 tons of perishables

The Central Railway has transported more than 200,000 tons of fruit and vegetables across India in 600 Kisan Rails. “Kisan Rail completing its 600th run o­n Central Railway…

Ken Mortimer - Heritage Fine Food Company

“Heritage has a fantastic relationship with local growers, farmers, artisans and suppliers"

With over 40 years in the industry, The Heritage Fine Food Company is a BRC certified fruit and vegetable wholesaler based in Wiltshire supplying to restaurants, cafes, and schools throughout the South-West. Along with being a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Heritage Fine Foods also have a home delivery…


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