Ambassador Farid Mamundzay thanks Indian government

India’s relaxation of import fumigation rules will ease trade with Afghanistan

On 7 May, the Indian Agriculture Ministry notified the relaxation of fumigation regulations for several countries. Yesterday, Afghanistan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay…

North Carolina farmers worry surging fuel & fertilizer costs could result in empty shelves

Growers in eastern North Carolina say a spike in supply costs is preventing them from planting some crops this year. Some farms have stated that unless fuel and fertilizer…

AVA-ASAJA

The losses due to rains and cold in Valencian agriculture could amount to 150 million euro

After two and a half months of persistent rainfall, low temperatures, and lack of sunshine, the farmers of the Valencian Community are starting to see the real damage these weather events have had or will have on most of their crops. A study by the technical services of the Valencian Association of…

Italy

Four million euros earmarked for the Vittoria Market in Sicily

"This is an important historical moment, one that we have been waiting for in recent weeks and have been watching with interest. The next steps are those that will lead the designer, in agreement with the authorities, to address the necessary interventions to improve the facility, in agreement with the…

Japan is looking to Morocco to help ensure its food security

Japanese deputy agriculture minister Takebe Arata told the media during his visit to Rabat that his country is seeking larger imports of fertilizers and phosphates from…

Egypt - Malaysia trade exchange increased by 81% in 2021

According to head of the Commercial Office in Kuala Lumpur, Hany Ezzat, the trade exchange between Egypt and Malaysia increased by 81 percent during 2021, reaching $809.849…

The PGI Red Orange Consortium of Sicily speaks out on the reform project

Interest for certified Italian products by foreign countries

"The interest around Italian productions with certified quality is extremely high, and I was able to see it, for the third time in a few months, during the participation of the PGI Red Orange Consortium of Sicily at the Cultural Festival in Paris," said Gerardo Diana, president of the Consorzio Arancia…

BLE report week 19:

'South African imported pears dominated the scene by a wide margin'

Although their presence was noticeably reduced, South African imported pears dominated the scene by a wide margin. Williams Christ, Packham`s Triumph and Rosemarie lost relevance, while Forelle gained in importance according to retailers. Shipments from Chile and Argentina followed in terms of…

Fred Eickhorst, Managing Director of the Association of Asparagus and Berry Growers, on the asparagus season:

"The consumer slump, caused by the war, represents an extreme situation against which we are virtually helpless"

The morale of German asparagus growers is currently very low. Due to the war, there are no signs of improvement in the marketing situation either, as Fred Eickhorst, managing director and spokesman for the board of the Vereinigung der Spargel- und Beerenanbauer e.V. (Association of Asparagus and Berry…

Soaring dollar rates affect Pakistan fruit and vegetable prices

Soaring dollar rates have pushed up the prices of daily necessities, including the prices of fruits and vegetables. According to new data, the prices of fruits in the market…

Digital Agricultural Academy of Hungary to take farmers into new age

Farmers in Hungary are being taught how farming can benefit from the digital revolution through free online courses offered by the specially created Digital Agricultural Academy. The academy, housed at the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in the first year of the project received, a…

Saudi Arabia

General Authority for Statistics: Prices of some goods up by 36%

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) has revealed that the prices of some products recorded an increase of 36 percent during the month of April, compared…

Australian mango industry to receive a $2.7million boost through two major projects

The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) is confident that two major projects over the next five years will significantly help improve grower productivity and profitability. AMIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brett Kelly says the projects, which were announced today, will integrate extension and…

24 Italian companies to exhibit at Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad

While announcing the presence of a number of Italian companies at the Fair which is starting in a few days (May 21-27) in Novi Sad, Italian Ambassador to Serbia Carlo Lo…

Soaring temperatures reflected in fruit and vegetable prices

In India, soaring temperatures have taken a toll on the prices of perishables like fruits and vegetables. According to the latest WPI numbers, there was a month-on- month…

Turkey: Agri inflation hit new record in April

According to official data, released today, Turkey’s producer price index for agricultural products (Agriculture-PPI) increased by 17.76% in April from the month before.…

Impacted by 2020 and 2021 natural disasters

USDA to provide $6 billion to commodity and specialty crop producers

The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin…

Imports thrive as locally grown fruits and vegetables languish in Vietnam

Vietnam imported US$562.1 million of vegetables and fruits in the first four months of 2022, up 23.1 percent. At the same time, domestic produce was being sold off with no buyers. China remained Vietnam’s largest source, accounting for 34.9 percent of the total imports, followed by the U.S. (19.1…

Spain was the second-largest importer of non-EU fruits and vegetables in the first half of 2021

EU fruit and vegetable imports from third countries continue to grow

The main EU Member States continue to import more and more fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries. According to Eurostat data, in the first half of 2021 alone, Community…

Drought in Auckland’s rural south increases food prices

According to vegetable growers in Auckland’s rural south, drought conditions are playing havoc with their operations and will only add to increased prices for consumers. It…

Kenya: Moi airport upgrade increases fresh produce exports

A Sh7.5 billion infrastructural upgrade at Moi International Airport has led to increased export of fresh produce. The upgrade at Kenya’s second-largest airport included the…

VSSE

VSSE survey shows: regionalism in the retail trade is just lip service

Imports during the season depress prices and sales

There are just under six weeks left until the end of the asparagus season on June 24. Despite asparagus being of top quality and a good harvest, the asparagus season has not been satisfactory so far. The strawberry season is also off to a difficult start, again despite top quality. This is because, as…

Fenaco

Despite numerous challenges, fenaco significantly exceeded expectations in fiscal 2021

"We want to continue to strengthen the innovative capacity of the Swiss agricultural and food industry"

At CHF 7.38 billion (+5.7%), the fenaco cooperative achieved the highest net sales since its foundation in 2021. The operating result (EBIT) also rose to a record level of CHF 169.0 million (+1.6%). The retail business in particular exceeded expectations. The other business areas also developed…

Assesses five farms $54K in penalties

U.S Dept of Labor recovers $225K in back wages for agri workers in California

Migrant workers in the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program provide critical seasonal labor on farms across California, spending weeks away from home doing the grueling…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average week price bananas from Belize at £0.93

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 £1.02 for bananas…

Moisture control technology launches to extend shelf life of produce

SAVRpak, a food technology innovation company, announced the launch of SAVRpak Drop-In, a moisture control technology that extends the shelf life and freshness of produce up to four times. It does this by eradicating the number one cause of premature molding, wilting, and spoilage of peel-less and…

China’s lockdowns force fruit exporters to divert to Southeast Asia

China’s two largest cities, Shanghai and Beijing, have been impacted by lockdowns on and off for a while and the impact on the produce industry is being felt. “Shanghai handles more than one-third of the fruit that’s arriving in the Chinese market,” says Ricky Chong with World Fresh Exports. The lockdown…

Limgroup Experience Days 2022, a peek behind the scenes

Last week, three full days were dedicated to the Limgroup Experience Days. Everything revolved around exchanging knowledge and experience, trends, and explanations of existing and upcoming asparagus and strawberry varieties. The Limgroup has been organizing meetings for its clients and growers for years. Here, they…

NFU responds to DIT consultation on trade with Israel

The NFU supports the government‘s ambition to negotiate a new and more ambitious trade deal than our existing ‘rolled-over’ deal left over from our membership of the EU. Read on to find out more.  Israeli consumer preferences for high-quality, high-value products, as well as a growing demand for organic and…

Shwapno’s second export batch reaches Hong Kong

Shwapno is the largest retail chain in Bangladesh; the company has successfully delivered its second shipment of fruits and vegetables to Hong Kong. Saiful Alam, Shwapno’s…

Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal

Over 100 farm workers lose their income following acts of alleged vandalism and sabotage

Over a 100 farm workers have lost their income following acts of vandalism and sabotage at the Mamphodo-Mushasha Begwa Communal Property Association farm in Port Edward. The…

Italy:

Puglia growers warn of labor shortages

A branch of the Italian Farmers' Association 'Coldiretti' in the southern Puglia region says it is facing a serious shortage of workers. It has urged the national government…

All sectors again see high inflation in April

Record inflation for agricultural prices in Czech Republic

All sectors of the Czech economy were hit by high inflation again in April, with the year-on-year jump for producer prices in agriculture setting a record. Agricultural…

APMC Kalamna witnesses Rs 2.6 bln turnover in FY 2021-22

Billed as one of the largest market yards in Asia, the APMC, Kalamna, registered a turnover of Rs 2.6 bln (€31 mln) in the financial year 2021-2022 as compared with Rs 2.5 bln…

A hectare of a farm with no special features can cost up to 420,000 euro

Almeria's agricultural land bubble

The scarcity of land with irrigation concessions and the growing interest of investment funds and international companies in the agri-food sector has triggered a rise in the…

Australian growers again see Queensland floods ruin crops

A painful clean-up and recovery are underway across Queensland as the flood waters slowly subside from the second major rain event this year. On Monday, Queensland’s southern…

Many international students are underpaid

Migrant workers returning to Australia, but fixes needed to curb rampant exploitation

About 7% of the Australian workforce holds a temporary visa. When many international students, backpackers and other temporary visa holders suddenly left during the pandemic,…

Suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian exports set for fast-track approval

Yesterday, the International Trade Committee gave their green light for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy.…

Feedback from some foreign delegations

Macfrut speaks many foreign languages

Various foreign operators and delegations attended the international fresh produce fair Macfrut 2022. FreshPlaza talked to some of them to get their feedback. Venezuela The Venezuelan Vice-minister for Foreign Trade and Investment Promotion Héctor Silva attended. Venezuela offers a wide range of fresh…

Drought declared in 34 Idaho counties

Custer, Lemhi and Butte counties are among the 34 counties outside the Idaho Panhandle that were declared drought counties on April 28. An emergency drought declaration for…

94.1% of the fruits and vegetables exported by Spain are transported by truck

Road transport is undoubtedly the primary means by which Spanish fruits and vegetables reach their export destinations. 94.1% of all exports in 2021 were transported by…

Australian grocery baskets are becoming increasingly expensive

In Australia, as in so many places, the cost of living is on the rise. The recent Consumer Price Index (a measure of inflation of a standard basket of goods) revealed…

VLAM reflects on successful royal mission to the UK

From May 8 to 12, HRH Princess Astrid led the Belgian economic mission to the United Kingdom. The agri-food sector was strongly represented. The Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) had prepared a jam-packed program for the agri-food and floriculture companies that had come along. Afterward,…

OCP Africa seeks more agricultural revenue to boost economic growth

OCP Africa is a subsidiary of OCP Group, a global provider of phosphate and its derivatives with almost 100 years of experience. OCP AFRICA was created in 2016 to contribute…

Kenya moves to secure duty-free trade deal with EU

Kenya has put in place temporary measures for its exports to the European Union after the implementation of a duty free-quota free trade agreement with other EAC member states…

Report from the NL workshop at PREGA 2022 in Budapest

"You either go with the times or else in time, you have to go”

On May 12, in the Aquaworld Hotel at the edge of Budapest, a small crowd gathered together in a conference hall with a view of the dark green mountains and emerald forests in…

Romania’s farmland sees fivefold price rise over past 10 years

In Europe, farmland prices continues to rise. According to data on the evolution of land prices in EU member states in 2020, released recently by the European Commission,…

Orenburg region, Russian Federation

28 storage facilities for vegetables and potatoes to hold more than 30,000 tons of goods

At an event on the sowing campaign of vegetables in open ground, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Food and Processing Industry of the Orenburg Region Sergey Balykin said:…

Sicily's NTB services for the fruit and vegetable sector

When trust becomes a working tool

"The period of the pandemic paradoxically helped NTB to be more appreciated for its services. Since it was impossible to visit the productions on site, the commissioners relied on Next To Business. Trust is essential, but it was obviously supported by technology, like video calls. A key service for some…

GECO2 project

New tools against climate change also in the fruit and vegetable sector

New tools against climate change is what has been achieved by the GECO2 project, which started in 2019 and is now in its final phase with the presentation of its final report at Macfrut 2022. The fruit and vegetable sector is fully involved in this project with a number of both large and small-scale…

Yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and watermelon.

Kerala government decides to fix Minimum Support Price for five more crops

The Kerala state government has decided to fix a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for five more crops in the state. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices recommended setting MSPs for yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd, and watermelon. The department of agriculture has approved the recommendations…

11-12 May 2022, Hungary

Overview: PREGA 2022 Conference, Budapest

Drones in all shapes and sizes, showcasing the latest in precision farming and agricultural digitalisation, were on display over the past two days in Budapest at the 2022 PREGA Conference and Exhibition. It is Hungary's largest professional forum on precision farming and agricultural digitalisation. The…

National training and certification initiative

Fair Farms delivers many benefits to Australian growers

Growcom’s Fair Farms is an industry-led, national training and certification initiative cultivating fair and responsible employment practices in Australian horticulture.…

Ground-breaking multi-industry export program set to commence

Hort Innovation has recently contracted AUSVEG to deliver the industry export development program for the vegetable, onion and melon industries. The Multi-Industry Export…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"A range for every meal of the day"

Tovano's assortment has increased noticeably over the years. It now consists of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate items, and other snack products. However, according to this Dutch company's director, Richard Strijbis, raw nuts still make up the bulk of that range. "Walnuts, for example, remain very…

China: Food prices soar as zero-Covid policy fuels inflation

Chinese restrictions meant to contain Covid-19 have driven up prices of vegetables and other food, the latest inflation figures show. Prices of fresh vegetables are 24% higher…

Belgian wholesaler to relocate

"We can centralize everything, which greatly advances efficiency"

Next week, Fruit Vandepoel will have a new home in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. This Belgian wholesaler is leaving the Brussels early market after many years. "We decided to move to improve our services' quality," explains Guy Claessens. "We'll have our own building in a great spot. It's right next to BelOrta,…

Zeafruit

NZ Satsuma mandarin volumes down but domestic demand for citrus growing overall

One of New Zealand's leading fresh produce marketers notes that this year's Satsuma Mandarin crop will be a little lighter as it bounces back after a heavy season last year. Satsuma season has just started, and Zeafruit CEO Glen Dunseath says while crop tonnage will be down, it will still be a good year…

Maui Fresh International prepares for summer to ensure partners have access to quality produce

Maui Fresh International, a wholesaler and distributor of fruits and vegetables for local and national customers since 2004, yesterday announced its plans for summer to ensure…

New Saint Lucia envoy strives to enhance agricultural ties with Taiwan

Saint Lucia's new ambassador to Taiwan, Robert Kennedy Lewis, has stated he will work to strengthen ties in the fields of agriculture and education. Lewis said in an email…

Deal expands FreshEdge’s footprint south

City Produce joins FreshEdge

FreshEdge, a family of produce and specialty food companies backed by Rotunda Capital Partners, acquired City Produce, a fresh food distributor headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. For many…

Study shows 91% of Trinidadians do not eat enough fruits and vegetables

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the Ministry has noted that 91 per cent of Trinidadians are not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables. According to a study done…

Late Easter results in dollar gains for fresh produce

The shift in Easter/Passover dates from early- to mid-April moved holiday dollars from March to April, and as such, from the first to the second quarter. Easter is typically a big selling season for fresh produce and was the most disrupted of the major holidays in 2020 when most states were under…

Funding pulled for New South Wales crop research jobs?

Sources claim that approximately 30 research jobs across New South Wales developing climate change resistant crops might be axed due to the government pulling funding. The…

Horticultural Netting Program expanded

Horticulture funding for Granite Belt growers

Growers in the Granite Belt area are set to benefit from the Horticultural Netting Program’s expansion. A $10.9 million Queensland-wide expansion to the program allows…

Growers face a hefty fuel bill next month

Cost pressures unrelenting for SA agriculture

Following the Finance Minister’s two-month reprieve in the fuel price, that entailed a R1.50c per liter reduction in the general fuel levy, South Africa’s growers face a hefty…

BLE Week 18:

'Domestic asparagus shipments increased again'

In the case of white and purple as well as green asparagus, the focus was obviously on domestic offerings. Imports from Spain, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and Belgium did not go beyond a supplementary status. According to the BLE, domestic deliveries grew once again and generally outstripped sales.…

Russian importers try to sidestep sanctions through smaller Indian firms

Russian importers are reaching out to small Indian businesses to secure fresh produce and other key goods that are becoming scarce due to international sanctions. Private…

Shanghai officials move to impose tightest restrictions yet

Shanghai is now in its seventh week of city-wide restrictions, but instead of the situation easing, city officials will, over the next few days, further restrict access to…

Pest risk analyses for Bhutanese potatoes and apples underway

Bhutan and Thailand agree on bilateral trade

The government of Bhutan and Thailand agreed to sign a bilateral trade agreement. The two countries have a trade and economic cooperation agreement as of now. The decision was…

To grow market for vegetable, fruit, nut and nursery specialty crops

Pennsylvania awarded $2.45 million in federal grants

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced more than $2.45 million in federal grants awarded to 23 projects that will grow markets and increase the…

New Zealand vegetable prices expected to ease

The monthly Food Price Index (FPI) due to be released next week is predicted to show easing vegetable prices and industry insiders say that trend is set to continue as we head…

Gisborne growers hit by trio of massive rain events

Judco nursery/harvest manager Matt Sowerby in the tomato field he describes as a “salvage operation” after March's catastrophic rainfall. Picture by Kristine Walsh. It rain,…

Government funding totalling $1.75 million to improve market transparency and bargaining power

The Coalition Government is backing fairer prices for horticulture growers through funding totalling $1.75 million to improve market transparency and bargaining power for the…

Brighter Bites announces new program launch in Bakersfield, California

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, has launched its ninth location in Bakersfield, California. The…

Australian Organic Limited welcomes re-election commitment to implementing domestic organic standard

Australian Organic Limited (AOL) has welcomed today’s Coalition Government re-election commitment to implement a domestic standard for organic production, processing, supply chains, and labeling. Australia is currently one of the only developed nations in the world without a mandatory domestic standard…

Greece's fruit and vegetable exports take a hit due to Ukraine crisis

The crisis in Ukraine has made it difficult for the apple orchards of the Agricultural Cooperative of Naoussa (ACN) in northern Greece.  "The fruits we grow here are among the first…

UK: Conference pear prices drop by 25% compared to last week

In this week's average wholesale market prices of home grown  produce from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs the biggest increase for fruit was the price of outdoor rhubarb, which increased by 19%, from £1.57kg to £1.87kg. Most of the prices have seen a decrease compared to last week. Conference…

Petra Kaukua: “online platform for second class and surplus fruit and veg”

Danish 'Eat Grim' fruit and veg of all shapes and sizes

What comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours? Eat Grim fruit and vegetables from European farms directly to Danish doorsteps of course! The online start-up Eat Grim had their first boxes of ‘ugly’ and mainly organic salvaged fruit and vegetables delivered just last week. This comes after they…

Oxfam & Vietnam Chamber of Trade and Industry launch project to boost agri exports to Europe

Oxfam and the Vietnam Chamber of Trade and Industry (VCCI) are intent on strengthening the export capacity for small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector of Vietnamese…

Philippines & South Korea to strengthen agricultural partnership

The Philippines and the Republic of South Korea are intent on strengthening their agricultural collaboration in a bid to boost vegetable and garlic production in the country.…

Unlocking the AU$2 billion potential of Australian CEA

Although the Australian-grown brand is renowned globally as a symbol of high quality, there is still a lot of potential in the Australian horticulture industry. To allow growers and the sector as a whole to seize those opportunities, The Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre, trading as FIAL, an…

Italy's producers' organization Opens at Macfrut 2022

The fruit and vegetable sector restarts with in-person meetings

"Macfrut 2022 took us back to pre-pandemic times and made us hope for a better near future, despite the difficulties of the moment," said Salvatore Consoli, president of the Italian producers' organization Opens, which participated in the Rimini fair. From left: Salvatore Consoli, Rosario Raniolo, Federica…

South Africa

Impasse in talks between Sundays River Valley workers and farmers

The farmworker strike in the Sundays River Valley region is continuing after the parties involved failed to reach an agreement during a meeting in Gqeberha on Thursday. This…

Ukraine war is forcing UK farmers to look further afield

The war in Ukraine is forcing UK growers to look for laborers father away than ever before. To plug the gap in agricultural laborers, countries as far away as Nepal,…

USDA

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

Movement of Mexican asparagus crossing through Arizona, California and Texas expected to increase

Yet another week of significant increases at the fuel pump has grower-shippers scrambling to cover the costs of transporting their goods to consumers. The weekly U.S. Energy Information Administration Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update showed a 34.9 cent increase over last week’s nationwide average fuel…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

Strawberries and raspberries highly featured on Mother's Day

Shoppers preparing for Mother's Day celebrations were met with an array of delicious, fresh options. New crop cherries, nectarines, apricots, and peaches arrived from California in time for celebratory fruit salads and desserts. Strawberries and raspberries, the perennial favorites of moms everywhere,…

California: Central Valley growers having issues shipping products

In recent years, the Californian agricultural community has been dealing with challenges at a level no one saw coming. On top of three years of drought and new water…

Photo-report: Mustafa Baklan, Managing Director of Suntat from Mannheim:

"Wholesale market turnover is estimated to have fallen by about 60% in the last ten years"

Family business Suntat from Mannheim-Neckarau was founded in 1986 by the five brothers Halil, Mustafa, Muharrem, Ali and Kadir of the Baklan family. With its 1800 employees worldwide, 100 of whom work in Mannheim alone, Suntat sells its products in over 50 countries. Mustafa Baklan, managing director of…

Freshlogic continues Strategic Partnership with AUSVEG

AUSVEG is pleased to announce that leading food market research organization Freshlogic will continue to be closely aligned with the Australian vegetable and potato industries…

Senators Feinstein & Padilla call on carriers to ensure California ag products reach global markets

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.) have called on 13 major shipping carriers to secure additional containers to export U.S. agricultural products…

Nicolas Vandenbogaerde, Top Harvest:

"You'd expect service to increase along with the container prices"

Top Harvest has expanded its range and sales markets considerably in recent years. "We used to export mainly Western European bulk products, like potatoes, carrots, and onions. Now, we offer our worldwide customers the full fruit and vegetable range," says Nicolas Vandenbogaerde. He and his wife, Delphine…

BLE - KW 17/22

'The quality of the European apple lots usually remained satisfactory'

European batches still dominated in the apples sales, with domestic ones forming the basis of the range: Elstar, Jonagold, Boskoop and Braeburn were predominant. From Italy, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith continued to dominate. France was most often involved with Pink Lady and Jazz. Dutch and Belgian…

Murcia: Hail and tornado caused €16 million in damages

The hail and tornado in Murcia this week caused €16 million in damages. Orchards growing apricots, lemons, peaches, almonds and nectarines in Murcia have been badly affected…

Hawke's Bay apple industry offers flexible hours & transportation for single parents

Single parent Borrell Watene recently moved back to Hawke's Bay to look for work that was compatible with the school hours of his two children; something that worked around…

Belarus has lifted embargo on imports of European fruit & vegetables

According to EU industry sources, prices for apples, pears and other fruits and vegetables in Poland and other EU countries suddenly began to grow at the end of last week. It…

Ukraine and UK sign agreement on abolition of duties and quotas

Officials from Ukraine and the United Kingdom have signed an agreement on the abolition of import duties and tariff quotas in bilateral trade. The agreement should hold for at…

Peruvian producers take care of children and communities

The global fruit trade truly does impact the rural communities beyond  just creating jobs. This is demonstrated in Peru where producers are taking their social responsibility very seriously. They host impactful programs aimed at uplifting communities, from pre-school and school- going children to adults in…

"We are also extremely proud to introduce the first fully home-compostable package for our pre-packaged fruit"

Tasmanian organic apple grower preparing to launch new variety next season

A Tasmanian organic apple producer is looking forward to launching a new variety onto the Australian market next year. R&R Smith has the commercial license to a variety from Belgium called Kizuri (marketed in Europe as Morgana), Marketing and Communications Manager Jessica Calvert says the company is…

Tap O' Noth

Scottish eco-farm celebrates its tenth anniversary

A Scottish farming duo is celebrating 10 years of combining sustainable farming and social media; James Reid and Rosa Bevan have been using their online influence to highlight…

Singapore study

Fruit and vegetable consumption will maintain cognitive function when ageing

A team led by Professor Koh Woon Puay from the Healthy Longevity Translational Research Programme at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, studied the data on consumption…

Cambodia and South Korea discuss trade potential

Cambodia and the Republic of Korea have discussed trade potential between both countries, mainly the import of Cambodian mangoes. The discussion was between Pan Sorasak,…

Elements found in kale, spinach, broccoli, oranges, papaya, tangerines and persimmons

Higher antioxidant levels linked to lower dementia risk

People with higher levels of antioxidants in their blood may be less likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the May 4, 2022, online issue of Neurology®,…

Shanghai supermarkets seem to be reopening

As some residents of Shanghai are freed from the lockdown measures, supermarkets are starting to re-open. More than 15 million Shanghai residents, over half the population,…

Irrigation meters encourage upstream farmers to use only what they need

Charging for wasted water will give more Kenyan growers their fair share

Up until recently, central Kenya communities agreed to start paying to use irrigation water. This meant that farmers expected to finally be able to grow crops during the dry…

Potato is the most produced vegetable

China continues to lead global fruit and vegetable production

According to the latest data updated by FAO, China continues to lead the world's fruit and vegetable production with a volume that in 2020 amounted to 709 million tons. China…

Franz Leisch, Pack'nlog Ltd, on innovative and modular store concepts

"For us, ecology and economy go hand in hand"

Conveying emotions and information at the POS and giving some orientation to the buyer at the same time: This has been the goal of the Linz-based company Pack'nlog for six years now. The innovative, target-oriented and predominantly modular presentation displays and store concepts are designed to help…

Jo Palmer, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Agribusiness report highlights strong agricultural growth

The latest Agribusiness Insights Report illustrates the outstanding agricultural sector we have in Tasmania and the excellent work our producers are doing with the support of…

County govt of Busia intensifies efforts to combat Fall Armyworm

Agricultural experts have raised an alarm over impending food insecurity following the invasion of farms by the African armyworm in most parts of Western and Rift Valley…

US port delays worsen as harvest of new crops approaches

As ongoing port congestion and persistent shipping obstacles continue to block movement of California agricultural goods, farmers and exporters are faced with overflowing…

Japanese travel agency looks for growth in agriculture

Japanese travel agency H.I.S. Co. has decided to move into agriculture to diversify its revenue sources after a tough period due to the pandemic. H.I.S. Farmers Co., a wholly…

New Jersey Dept of Agriculture kicks off Jersey Fresh Season

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and other state and local officials today kicked off the Jersey Fresh season by visiting Walker Brothers Inc., in Salem…

New rules at NJ ports: Will they raise the price of fruits and vegetables?

New Jersey’s top business organization is expressing concern about what they say are overly burdensome new rules at marine terminals and industrial storage facilities near…

Minister speaks of $5 million individual grants

Securing raw materials program to drive innovation in Hinkler region, Queensland

The Australian government is supporting a $3.4 million investment intent on enabling Queensland’s largest producer of Asian mushrooms to establish a new farm and factory at…

$5.4 billion North Queensland dam could source the 'most expensive water' in Australia

Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced the construction of the $5.4 billion Hells Gates Dam project in north Queensland. If the project comes to fruition, it…

Thirty Zimbabwean exporters head for Lubumbashi in Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 30 companies from Zimbabwe are set to increase their product visibility and exports to the Democratic Republic of Congo, intending to take part in the…

Mathilde Jakobsen, Fresh.Land:

“The fruit still hangs on the tree when customers order it from Fresh.Land”

Fresh.Land, the disruptor of the fruit and vegetable value chain,  allows consumers in Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands, to order fruit that still hangs on the tree, directly from farmers. According to Mathilde Jakobsen, founder of Fresh.Land, their model, “eliminates artificial ripening, cold-storage and surface…

Arnaud Morinet, MGD Group:

“Valrevel is in full development and will continue to invest in production”

MGD Group brings together five companies that share a strong regional identity. “The objective really is to have companies that are as close as possible to production, and then to have a very diversified presence on the market, in shipments and in supermarkets,” explains Arnaud Morinet, CEO of MGD Group.…

With regard to Post-Brexit European produce imports

UK fine food retailers struggle with costs and supply issues

Importing products from outside the UK is no longer a simple or cheap feat. The new regulations have caused price increases in all aspects of supply and delivery, making it…

British growers complain of 'retailer price wars'

British growers have accused the big supermarkets of heaping pressure on struggling farmers with what they call ‘price war moves’. Soaring energy costs have trebled the cost…

Demand for Australian table grapes still high despite many production challenges

Despite a challenging season with delays and a slow start, a Victorian table grape grower still did well on the supply front, with the popular Crimson variety helping the fruit sell out. Budou Farms co-owner Enrique Rossi says there are only around 5-7 days to go, which makes it the longest season ever,…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.75: unchanged 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 £0.75 for bananas from Belize,…

Vietnam and Japan to boost trade and security ties

Japan and Vietnam announced plans to boost trade and economic ties, while also calling for an end to the war in Ukraine, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said during a…

Raw garlic least popular

Cabbage is Taiwan’s favorite vegetable

The nation’s favorite vegetables are Taiwanese cabbage, yam leaves and bok choy. These are the results of the “Stars of Taiwanese dishes and cooking” online poll, released in…

Viva Fresh makes 15,403 lb. fresh produce donation to North Texas food bank

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) teamed up with North Texas Food Bank of Plano, Texas to make a 15,403 lb. fresh produce donation at the conclusion of the Viva Fresh Produce Expo on April 23, 2022. These fresh fruits and vegetables will provide roughly 12,800 meals for North Texas…

Rain and heavy winds could wreak havoc in southern Brazil

According to the weather forecast, the volume of rain expected represents three and a half times the climatological average for the month of May. Yesterday’s highlight was the…

Gal Yarden, Netafim:

“Mitigating and limiting frost impact to save millions of Euros a key priority for growers worldwide”

Extreme frosts are a key part of the impact of global warming. Europe is experiencing more frequent, more intense and more unpredictable spells of frost, which wipe out entire vineyards and orchards, and damage the quality of the crop, not only for the current year, but also the years directly following.…

East Street Market

Street market traders fight for survival as fruit and vegetable prices skyrocket

Fruit and veg traders on East Street Market, Walworth are seeing costs soar as inflation, rising energy prices, and war in Ukraine coincide to hit local business.  Walworth’s fresh…


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