• Citrus mold tackled with air-purification technology

    IMG Citrus, a Florida grower and distributor of fresh oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and lemons, overcame bacteria issues by investing in Miatech’s air-purification technology. Last year, the company invested in Bio Turbo for its Vero Beach facility and shortly thereafter observed improvement in…

    Fresh produce demand remains well above normal levels

    Shoppers are increasingly choosing to grocery shop inside the store as COVID-19 concerns abate. “While online grocery shopping remains elevated from the pre-pandemic levels, we saw an increase in in-store shopping along with more time spent shopping in April,” said Jonna Parker, team lead, Fresh for IRI.…

    Lebanese fear fruit and vegetables going to waste with Saudi market shut

    Fruit is ripening and vegetables are shooting up in Lebanon's lush Bekaa Valley, but the head of the region's farmers' syndicate, Ibrahim Tarshishy, is still a worried man.…

    Vietnam stands ready to boost agricultural exports amid COVID-19

    The production and consumption of agricultural products will encounter many difficulties amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in terms of…

    France: Wholesalers overwhelmed by reopening of terraces

    French bars and restaurants are preparing to reopen their terraces on the 19th of May. Food wholesalers are therefore starting to restock and are feeling overwhelmed. It is…

    "When we have got an oversupply or when we can't find product, they have suppliers on their doorsteps."

    South Australian Produce Market strengthens relationship with major supermarket chain

    South Australian Produce Market (SAPM) has re-signed a long-term agreement with a major independent retail chain, Drakes Supermarkets in the state, which will see the retailer continue to work closely with SA's largest growers and wholesalers. Drakes Supermarkets have committed to a longer-term lease in…

    Hilton partners with UAE-based Fresh On Table

    UAE-based Fresh On Table is partnering with Hilton to supply local and sustainable food products across the brand’s properties in the country. Fresh On Table is “a catalyst…

    Healthify and Tangelo establish partnership to increase access to fresh produce

    Healthify, a company that works with healthcare?organizations to integrate social determinants of health (SDoH) into the healthcare ecosystem, and?Tangelo, a company that…

    Madras Mandi App enables procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables in Chennai

    Economic problems will always stimulate people's interest in new possibilities and ideas. Prashanth Vasan learned this during the lockdown last year, when India’s food…

    Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

    Bananas from Belize see 14% drop from last week's prices

    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 £0.68 for bananas…

    Proexport's general assembly debates the need to maintain the conditions of the Tajo-Segura transfer

    "They want to force us to stop using fresh water at 11 cents/m³ and start using desalinated water at 60 cents/m³"

    On Friday, the president of the Region of Murcia, Fernando Lopez Miras, closed the general assembly of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of…

    Statement on expanded drought proclamation in California

    The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) commends yesterday’s drought proclamation from Governor Gavin Newsom announcing the addition of 39 California counties to be…

    Belgium: SNCB launches fruit and veg takeaway pick-up concept

    Belgian travellers and local residents can order fresh, locally produced fruit and vegetables online, only to collect them from SNCB train stations once a week. By 21 May, the pilot projects will be launched at the Gent-Sint-Pieters station, in Flanders, and in the Liège-Guillemins, Ottignies and…

    Peruvian agro-exports up nearly 9% in Q1, 2021

    Despite the current Covid impacts, Peruvian agro-exports continue to see positive growth, reaching US$1.744 billion in the first quarter (January-March) of 2021. This…

    Top five veg importers: Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia

    Increasing demand for fresh Australian vegetables

    In 2020, there was an increasing demand for locally grown, fresh Australian vegetables. Recent trade data shows fresh vegetable exports grew by 6.6 percent in 2019, with…

    USDA

    For the second time in 25 years

    Annual US food spending dropped in 2020

    For the past 25 years, U.S. food expenditures generally followed several predictable trends. Most notably, annual total expenditures and the share of food-away-from-home (FAFH) showed steady increases, with the highest share of FAFH spending occurring during the summer months. The coronavirus COVID-19…

    USDA

    U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

    Common issue across the US is still the slow re-opening of restaurants and food service activities

    This report provides trend analysis of the volume and prices of Seasonal Perishable commodities. Volume represents current week and prices represent open (spot) market sales by first handlers on product of generally good quality and condition unless otherwise stated and may include promotional allowances…

    Mustafa Kamcili (Morgenland Ltd & Co) on the situation at the Düsseldorf wholesale market

    "Promotional offers within food retailing are increasingly causing problems for wholesale market traders"

    The ongoing Corona crisis continues to make itself felt at the Düsseldorf wholesale market. "There are significantly fewer walk-in customers than usual, people are increasingly foregoing shopping on site. Instead, people are picking up more on order and there are more bank transfers instead of cash…

    BLE- Market report week 17 / 21:

    'Dutch strawberries predominant vs domestic and Italian goods'

    Dutch strawberry deliveries dominated over domestic and Italian deliveries. In addition, there were occasional offers from Spain, Greece and Belgium, but all in all, these were only of a supplementary nature. The quality was convincing, especially the fruits from the Netherlands and Germany had an…

    Brexit and possible impact on Chilean fruit shipments to its second destination in Europe

    A webinar on the "Impact and current consequences of Brexit for the Chilean fruit industry" was held On May 4. "We believe it is important to become familiar with the process…

    Dortmund wholesale market in times of Corona:

    "Food retailers are sourcing noticeably fewer goods from the wholesale market"

    At the Dortmund wholesale market, daily business continues despite Corona. "Because of the cold snap, asparagus and strawberries from the region are in relatively short supply. If we take April/May in the previous year as a benchmark, 20 percent less volume is now being handled. But that was also rather…

    Belgian Coop Federation had record year in 2020, despite COVID-19 pandemic

    To say 2020 was an exceptional year is an understatement. That's what the Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives Federation (VBT) says in its annual report. Despite the unusual circumstances, the producer organizations in this federation could withstand tough challenges. Those were due to the highly volatile market…

    India: Fruit and vegetable prices skyrocketing in north Kashmir

    Prices of vegetables and fruits are skyrocketing in the Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts of north Kashmir. Locals accuse traders of fleecing their customers by…

    Photo Report: South Australian Produce Markets thriving despite challenging environment in past 12 months

    It has been a busy time at the South Australian Produce Markets, with a range of projects taking place not only to improve conditions but also to deal with industry challenges. 18 months ago the organisation launched its microgrid comprising 6,412 solar panels, 25 powerpack batteries, and the latest…

    Casablanca market's fruit and vegetable wholesale prices

    Here's an overview of Morocco's Casablanca market's weekly prices. These are for the most traded fruit and vegetables. It shows the lowest and highest sales price in Moroccan dirhams/kg. Morocco has 38 wholesale markets. Of these, Casablanca is, by far, the largest. Annually, merchants sell a million…

    3 of the 7 countries that make up the G7 are the main markets for Spanish fruit and vegetable exports

    This week, the G7 foreign ministers met in person for the first time after the pandemic. Three of the seven countries that make up this group: Germany, France, and the United…

    Association supports letter urging trade relief for US seasonal producers

    On Wednesday, a bipartisan letter was sent to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai calling for the USTR to work with members of Congress to implement immediate trade…

    CropAid

    "We applied it to apricots and sweet cherries, and at -2 C they did not suffer any damage.”

    In the last few weeks Europe has been hit hard by low temperatures and night frosts, which can cause large crop losses and many sleepless nights for growers. This is also a problem in many other areas around the world. UK company CropAid Int. Ltd. was established in 2005 and produces a product which…

    Fresh Del Monte teams up with Disney to give healthy produce a fresh new look

    Through a recently announced collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, Fresh Del Monte will be giving some of its produce a fresh look. From fruit to fresh juice, the new…

    Labor problems could mean food goes to waste on New Jersey farms

    The labor crunch is a thing on New Jersey farms as well; some of which are already on the cusp on having to let food go to waste in their fields. Agriculture Secretary Douglas…

    Fairgrow partners with Visy to make fresh fruit and vegetable donations go further

    Global packaging and resource recovery leader, Visy, has partnered with Fairgrow to supply sustainable packaging to ensure fresh fruit and vegetables reach Kiwis in need, in the best possible condition. Fairgrow, a charity powered by T&G Fresh to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to Kiwis in need,…

    South Africa: Hortgro raises concerns over Produce Agents Council Amendment Bill

    According to deciduous fruit industry body Hortgro, the Agricultural Produce Agents Council Amendment Bill might spell trouble for Mzansi. Hortgro has given a list of its…

    New onions, cabbages and cherries are Uzbekistan’s most exported produce

    Uzbekistan exporters have been actively increasing the supply and range of fruits and vegetables of the new harvest in the past two weeks. At this time, Uzbekistan already…

    Barry Michiels, Gebroeders Michiels, Belgium

    “Limited supply means bell peppers are still priced high”

    Fruit and vegetable consumption is partially dependent on the weather. That's evident now, too. Temperatures across Western Europe are low for this time of year. "It's too cold to eat fruit or vegetables," says Barry Michiels of Belgian export company Gebroeders Michiels. "We're waiting for nice weather,…

    Pesticide residues cause US oranges and strawberries to be seized at Taiwan border

    According to an article from The Edge Markets, Taiwan recently seized shipments of Driscoll’s strawberries and Sunkist oranges imported from the US. They were found to contain…

    Zimbabwe Horticulture Recovery and Growth Plan

    Zimbabwean horti sector blooms

    In Zimbabwe, there is an overall increase in acreage and production under horticultural crops this season, with the area under emerging crops such as blueberries increasing across the provinces. This…

    Premium Qatari Vegetables and Qatar Farms programs post significant sales in April

    Yesterday, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment released figures claiming that the Premium Qatari Vegetables and Qatar Farms programs posted significant sales during…

    Italian Trade Agency courts Nigerian agricultural produce exporters

    At the start of this week, Italian Trade Agency ITA wooed Nigerian agricultural exporters, spurred on by the demand for fruits and vegetables in the European market. Contact…

    Belgians ate more fruit & vegetables in 2020, but really still not enough

    Although Belgians consumed more fruit and vegetables in 2020, the totals are still below those that nutritionists would wish to see. A recent poll was carried out by market…

    Non-tariff barriers impacting imports at Mexico-US border

    The University of Arizona (UA), Rogers College of Law recently published a TradeLab report about non-tariff barriers to trade. Inspections and Non-Tariff Barriers on…

    National University of Singapore

    Making ordinary food extraordinary

    Enjoying a glass of juice, tucking into a hearty piece of meat or having a plate of cut fruit may be part of the diet that many do not give much thought to. However, could these common food items be more nutritious or sustainable? Some final-year undergraduate students at NUS Food Science and Technology…

    InVivo Group acquires Soufflet Group

    The signing of an agreement between the two parties concludes the exclusive negotiations started last January. This acquisition remains subject to the authorization of…

    Kenya: Horticulture exports up to US$ 1.37 bln in 2020

    Last year, Kenya's horticulture exports earnings rose to US$ 1.37 billion, up from US$ 1.27 billion in the previous year. Government official Benjamin Tito, head of Horticultural Crops Directorate under state corporation the Agriculture and Food Authority, stated that revenues from the sector increased…

    May 6

    Pace International LLC to host its International, Annual Postharvest Academy Virtually

    Pace International, a provider of sustainable postharvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, will be hosting its annual Postharvest Academy virtually…

    Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

    Current avg week prices of bananas from Colombia up 10% 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 £0.77 for bananas from Colombia,…

    Sysco France: opening of the Rungis site

    A big new step for Sysco France was marked by the opening of a bi-temperature Hub in Rungis (94) on Monday, May 3rd. These 8,400m2 of total operating area are excellent news for the company’s recovery. More than a logistics tool, it will also be an exceptional business tool. On the same site, many events…

    Chile

    Organic apple importer differentiates by importing as well as growing in-country

    The southern hemisphere apple season has started and last week, Viva Tierra received its first shipment of organic apples from Chile and Argentina in the port of Philadelphia. This shipment contained Gala, Granny Smith and Red Delicious varieties, which are always the first ones to come in. “With the…

    Due to seven-day lockdown

    Gurugram sees fruit and vegetable prices go through the roof

    Gurugram residents complained that vegetable and fruit prices shot up on Monday as Haryana went into a seven-day lockdown in an effort to curb Covid-19. Haryana State…

    As EU environmental regulations drive up costs, making it harder to compete

    Agricultural Union Valencia urges consumers to buy local

    Valencian fruit and vegetable farmers have launched a campaign that is intent on encouraging consumers to buy local, as the trade in the region has suffered. The move by…

    Australian company adds locally-grown pineapples to growing its successful frozen range

    An Australian frozen fruit company is this week launching its fifth product to its range, 100% Australian grown pineapple pieces, following strong demand for its previous products. Aussie Frozen Fruit CEO Brett Jackson says the new frozen pineapples are picked at maturity to lock in ripeness and flavour,…

    OP Fonteverde between the end of the vegetable season and the start of the melon season

    "While the bell pepper season is almost over, the zucchini season ended prematurely due to the low prices," reported Carmelo Calabrese from OP Fonteverde. Carmelo Calabrese "We can say the bell pepper season has gone rather well this year however, even if prices were well above €2/kg for a few weeks, the…

    Organic products generate an annual turnover of 2 billion Euro in Belgium and the Netherlands

    Andalusia promotes its organic fruit and vegetables in Benelux in a trade mission organized by Extenda

    Aiming to boost the leadership of Andalusian organic fruit and vegetable firms in the international markets, Extenda has carried out a direct trade mission in the Benelux area, held in digital format from 13 to 29 April. The European markets of Belgium and the Netherlands offer very attractive…

    Feedback from an Italian operator based in Spain

    Drop in prices for Spanish stone fruit, the weather is not encouraging consumption

    At the moment, summer fruits arriving from the southern areas of Spain and Murcia are entering the markets with regularity, despite the consistent rainfall that is expected to continue into next week. So far, many apricots have been seen on the Spanish market stalls, minus peaches and nectarines. The quality…

    They could start at least 5 new projects this year to grow blueberries, avocado, mango, and citrus

    Peruvian agribusinesses' interest in acquiring land in Colombia increases

    According to Pilar Lozano, the commercial attaché of the Colombian Embassy in Peru and director of Procolombia for Bolivia and Peru, Peruvian agribusiness companies have a…

    Airasia farm & Agriculture Ministry intent on helping Malaysian farmers

    Both AirAsia Group Bhd’s business-to-business e-commerce platform ‘airasia farm’, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) are intent on increasing…

    Egypt: January to April agricultural exports at 2.72 million tons

    Late last week, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation that the volume of agricultural exports has increased to more than 2.7 million tons from January 1 to…

    USDA

    U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

    'Avocados from Mexico crossing through Texas expected to increase slightly'

    Seasonal changes have led to a shift in the commodities of interest for this report. Asparagus, tomatoes, and bell peppers of both domestic and imported origins remain widely available and reported, while cucumbers and avocados have replaced strawberries and blueberries as the Florida and Peru growing…

    USDA

    USDA report on Direct versus Indirect Trade

    Poland's hidden market for US agri exports

    The U.S. Census Bureau's bulk, intermediate, and consumer-oriented (BICO) export data tracks U.S. food and agricultural trade shipped directly to Poland. However, it does not measure the substantial levels of the U.S. agricultural trade to Poland routed through Western European ports of entry. According…

    Fruit and vegetable wholesale prices on the Casablanca market

    Here's an overview of weekly wholesale prices on Morocco's? Casablanca wholesale market. These are for the most traded fruit and vegetables. It shows the lowest and highest sales price in Moroccan dirhams/kg. There are 38 wholesale markets in Morocco. Of these, Casablanca is, by far, the largest. It spans…

    Union of Unions

    Spanish agri-food exports to the United Kingdom have fallen by 5% since January

    The Union of Unions of Farmers and Ranchers analyzed the flow of agri-food exports to the United Kingdom so far this year said there were sharp falls in the export of certain…

    BLE- Market report week 16/21:

    'Local offerings have a firm grip on what's happening in the asparagus market'

    Since recently, domestic offers had a firm grip on the asparagus market. Their presence clearly expanded. The spring-like weather intensified the demand. Nevertheless, availability was too great in some places, so that traders had to lower their prices if they wanted to avoid stocks. But there were price…

    Fruit and vegetables dumped on Lebanese markets due to export ban

    Organized crime is a threat to Arab food trade

    This week, at fruit and vegetable markets in Beirut, lemons, bananas and other fruits were suddenly on offer at discounts of up to 50 per cent. It was nothing less than a fire…

    Facing Covid lockdowns at home

    India exports more produce to Gulf countries

    India is seeing a surge in orders from the Middle East for a variety of food products as demand rises there. Indian exporters to the Gulf region, however, are concerned over…

    Moroccan farmers might profit from low temperatures in EU

    As Europe is experiencing low temperatures this April, continental farmers have had a rough start to the year. This gives Moroccan fruit and vegetable producers and exporters…

    Hailstorm damage in Murcia estimated at €3 million

    A heavy hailstorm battered many areas of the Region of Murcia on Tuesday afternoon. The weather event is reported to have caused extensive damage to fruit orchards in the…

    USDA

    USDA report on Direct versus Indirect Trade

    Romania’s hidden market for US agri exports

    The U.S. Census Bureau's bulk, intermediate, and consumer-oriented (BICO) export data tracks U.S. food and agricultural trade shipped directly to Poland. However, it does not measure the substantial levels of the U.S. agricultural trade to Poland routed through Western European ports of entry. According…

    Jharkhand State

    Vegetable prices down during mini lockdown in Ranchi

    Prices of tomatoes, onions and other seasonal vegetables have dropped across wholesale and retail markets in Ranchi due to greater supply, less demand and the market…

    Interview with Federico Baraldi, CEO at Isolagrande

    Should brand and value be guaranteed by big retail chains?

    Brand and value are concepts the international fresh produce sector cannot ignore, however different markets may have different approaches when it comes to consumers, who…

    Azerbaijan and Russia discuss lifting ban on tomato and apple exports

    Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency and Russia’s phytosanitary agency Rosselkhoznadzor have discussed further measures to remove restrictions on the export of Azerbaijani tomatoes…

    Uzbek ambassador in talks with Malaysia's Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry

    Uzbekistan: Fruit and vegetable exports to Malaysia expected to increase

    The Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Malaysia has held talks with Malaysian Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Ronald Kiandy. One of the topics of…

    Karachi Airport to get state-of-the-art high-capacity scanner for export goods

    Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce and the Civil Aviation Authority have agreed to install a state-of-the-art high-capacity scanner at the Karachi Airport, aimed at examining…

    The EC and the Spanish Government support raising environmental requirements for agricultural imports

    In a virtual seminar organized by Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias, Representatives of the European Commission (EC) and the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism (Mincotur)…

    Spanish watermelon is already competing in the market with the product from Brazil, Costa Rica, and Senegal

    Almeria's watermelon and melon campaign begins with a limited supply

    The latest report on protected horticultural crops published by the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucia, corresponding to week 15 of 2021, indicates…

    The EC responds to possible fraud in the indication of origin of Moroccan horticultural products

    MEP Clara Aguilera has received the response from the European Commission to a ?question asked last November regarding the possible fraud in the indication of origin of Moroccan…

    Vegetable farmer Peter Völkel on this year's fruit vegetable marketing

    "Regionality increasingly spreads to southern Germany, and soon to the whole of Germany"

    In Nuremberg's Knoblauchsland, the harvest of greenhouse crops is in full swing. Tons of tomatoes, cucumbers and co. are brought to market every week. "The harvest as well as the marketing are developing more or less according to plan," says Peter V?lkel, owner of the vegetable farm of the same name,…

    Xavier Rosario, Louis Rosario Sarl:

    Very atypical season for the apricot

    The company Louis Rosario based in Perpignan (France) has just ended its small citrus fruit season and is still offering oranges of the Valencia Late, Navel Late and Lane Late varieties. The stone fruit campaign started with the Nèfle, first stone fruit of the spring, from Benidorm in Spain. “The apricot…

    New Zealand export industries fear extended Chinese audits

    New Zealand export industries are nervous as new safety audits by Chinese authorities seem to stretch from the seafood industry to the apple industry. Pipfruit industry body…

    SPA

    Other Middle Eastern nations also increase monitoring of Lebanon produce

    Lebanese growers and traders despair as Saudi Arabia bans their goods

    Lebanese farmers are trying to find new buyers for their goods, 48 hours after a Saudi ban on fruit and vegetable imports from the country sent prices into a spin. At the fruit and vegetable market in Beirut’s Madina Al Riyadiye, the wholesale price of lemons dropped by 40 per cent in two days, while the…

    "We will see a network effect emerge as more buyers and sellers use the platform"

    Australian company set to launch digital marketplace to help modernise fruit and vegetable sales

    Australian Agtech company, Optomni has today announced the upcoming launch of a new innovative digital marketplace for fresh produce, allowing buyers and sellers to trade in real-time, using an internet-enabled device. OmniOrder? is an ordering and sales solution for every step of the supply chain, from…

    Indonesia renews its recognition of the Argentine sanitary control system for another 3 years

    On April 23, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture informed the Argentine Embassy in Jakarta of the adoption of Decree 263/KPTS/KR050/M/04/2021, which renews the recognition…

    7 out of 10 are willing to pay more for Swedish products

    More and more people are finding it easier to identify the origin of their food. According to a new survey conducted on behalf of Svenskm?rkning, 40 percent believe that it is…

    Lebanon suffers SR126 mln losses due to Saudi import ban

    The Saudi decision to ban the import of fruits and vegetables from Lebanon has had both direct and indirect impacts. The decision will contribute to Lebanon incurring losses…

    Azerbaijani company to export tomatoes to Belarus and Ukraine

    Azerbaijan’s Agro Norm company has signed contracts with a Belarusian company and a Ukrainian supermarket chain for the export of tomato products worth $500,000 and $600,000,…

    Vietnam: Reducing logistics costs to strengthen agricultural competitiveness

    The Mekong Delta contributes about 90 percent of rice production, 65 percent of aquatic products and 70 percent of fruit production for Vietnam’s exports. However, besides the…

    Emirates SkyCargo supports NZ food export leadership during pandemic

    During the pandemic, as global supply chains were disrupted due to the suspension of passenger flights, Emirates SkyCargo provided much needed air cargo connectivity through…

    Casablanca market's fruit and vegetable wholesale prices

    This is an overview of weekly prices for the most traded fruit and vegetables. That's on Morocco's Casablanca market. It indicated the minimum and maximum price in Moroccan dirhams/kg. Casablanca is, by far, the largest wholesale market in Morocco. The country has 38 of them. It spans a 34-hectare area. Vendors…

    European Art Of Taste confirms the potential of Italian fruit and vegetables In China, Japan and Taiwan

    The second year of The European Art of Taste, the project funded by the European Union to enhance knowledge of Italian fruit and vegetables in?China,?Japan?and?Taiwan,…

    Saudi Arabia bans fruit and vegetable imports from Lebanon

    On Friday, Saudi Arabia announced an import ban on fruits and vegetables from Lebanon. The reason given was that the Saudi kingdom said shipments are being used to smuggle in…

    In retaliation to maize export ban

    Kajiado county, Kenya: Tomato prices more than double as Tanzania stops exports

    Traders and locals in Kenya’s Kajiado county are upset, as tomato prices rose by more than 50% in just a month. ?According to these traders, the acute shortage of tomatoes was the…

    Second Covid wave hits India hard

    Flight cancellations affect Kerala fruit and vegetable exports to Gulf States

    Fruits and vegetable exports from Kerala to its markets in the Gulf have been affected in a big way due to the cancellation of international flights in view of the second wave of Covid -19 in India. Kerala exporters have been depending on the traditional markets of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain for…

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    Hungary: Update on the impact of adverse spring weather on agricultural and horticultural crops

    Hungarian fruit growers have reported spring frost damages from all regions. After Easter and by the middle of April around 4,000 hectares have been affected according to the…

    USDA

    U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

    Labor shortages continue to manifest in higher prices for consumers

    Labor shortages continue across all sectors of the food service industry, manifesting in higher prices for consumers as employers compete to hire and keep employees. Signs urging patrons to “be patient” due to staffing shortages are now common in dine-in and carryout establishments alongside postings for…

    New ethylene generator for narrow ripening rooms launched

    Last month, Catalytic Generators expanded its collection of ethylene ripeners by launching a new type called Auto-Ripe? Generator 2021. “We recognized the need for wall-mounted, vertical storage of ripening concentrate as well as ethylene production with a generator to better fit in tightly packed…

    Commission adopts new rules for CAP fruit and vegetable support scheme

    The Commission adopted?new rules?to simplify the common agricultural policy (CAP)’s fruit and vegetable support scheme, and in particular, rules related to activities and…

    Budget 2021 comes up short for Canada’s fruit and vegetable growers

    On behalf of Canada’s fruit and vegetable growers, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) applauds the federal government’s commitment to COVID recovery and maintaining…

    Ángel Izquierdo, manager of Soltir: "Large calibers abound; there is little to be packed in flowpacks"

    Murcia should have 30% more peppers than what is currently available

    In April, the Region of Murcia has taken over from Almeria in the national production of peppers in Spain. However, the delay caused by the weather at the start of the Murcian harvest has coincided with a considerable reduction in the volumes harvested in Almeria's long-cycle plantations, putting…

    MedFEL Tuesdays - May 4th, 2021

    Frost wave in European orchards: will we have summer fruit and vegetables?

    In several regions of France, as well as in the north of Italy and Spain, plantations have been touched by the recent cold spell, with consequences on the harvests to come. A…

    Hailstorm wreaks havoc on crops in Karnataka's Mysuru districts

    Untimely snow in Shimla & Kinnaur concerns Himachal Pradesh apple growers

    The cold wave sweeping the region has left apple growers worried. For the past three days, rain, hailstorm and snow have struck the apple-growing belt in Shimla and Kinnaur.…

    Agriculture Minister Peter David stresses food security

    Grenada positioning itself become major fresh produce supplier in southern Caribbean

    The government of Grenada has stated it is in the first stage of implementing a strategy that will result in the island becoming a major supplier of fresh produce in the…

    26% of the fruits and vegetables that Spain imported in 2020 came from Latin America

    In 2020, Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable imports increased by 3.5% in volume and 6% in value over the previous year, totaling 3.4 million tons and 3,118 million euro. Spain…

    Dagab to establish new nationwide fruit and vegetable warehouse in Landskrona

    The Axfood Group’s purchasing and logistics company Dagab has signed a long-term lease with the property company NREP Logicenters for an all-new nationwide warehouse for fruits and vegetables. The new warehouse will be located in Landskrona, creating conditions for improved efficiency and replace the…

    Chinese fresh exports to Mongolia see steady growth in Q1 2021

    China's exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to Mongolia saw a steady growth in the first quarter of this year, according to customs figures. The goods passed through…

    Cambodia and Vietnam resume vegetable trade

    On April 21, Cambodia and Vietnam resumed cross-border vegetable trade after the Vietnamese side rescinded a ban on Cambodian imports it had imposed two days earlier. This…

    Ireland: Q1 2021 saw giant increase in sales of fresh fruit and vegetables

    According to new data for the first quarter of 2021, published by leading Irish retail group BWG Foods, Irish consumers have are consuming record levels of fruit and…

    University of Wyoming research

    Farmer's market coupon programs for low-income people can improve fruit and veg consumption

    A study done by the University of Wyoming and a food justice non-profit seems to indicate that farmers market coupon programs for low-income people can improve fruit and…

    Massive upscale planned for Tomberry tomato brand after successful launch in Australia

    The company that brought "the world’s smallest tomatoes” to Australia says the demand is so high for the product that the company has had to significantly upscale. The unique brand was launched into the Australian market last year, and Oliver Draganovic from Edison says they have experienced incredible…

    Trade between Chile and China up 46.9% in Q1 2021

    Data from the Chilean Customs Studies Department shows that between January and March this year, exports totaled US$8,571.7 million, an increase of 42.4% over the same period…

    The Netherlands supports Vietnam in post-harvest loss reduction

    Development of post-harvest technologies, processing technologies has been acknowledged as the gate to add values, to improve quality and competitiveness of agro-products contributing to the agro-restructuring course, especially in the context of Vietnam’s ambition to be in the top 10 of countries with…

    Eta and Iota take a toll on Honduran agricultural exports

    Data on Honduran agricultural exports in 2021 show the impact that tropical storms Eta and Iota (which hit the country in November last year) had on the productive activity.…

    PMA Virtual Town Hall

    What does the European Union Green Deal mean for the fresh produce industry?

    Understanding and working within the European Union Green Deal was the topic of this week’s PMA Virtual Town Hall. By successfully implementing the EU Green Deal, Europe will be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To get there, plans include cutting emissions by more than 55 percent by 2030 and…

    In suit over unreasonable state COVID regulations

    Judge rules in favor of Washington farm groups

    With 20,000 guest workers arriving, farm leaders filed a Temporary Restraining Order over the state’s unwillingness to make common sense, science-based adjustments to farm rules. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson ruled in favor of agriculture groups, prohibiting the State of Washington…

    South Africa: Tomato prices expected to ease

    The current surge in South African tomato prices, due to the crops? being hit by wet weather in the main growing areas, is expected to be short-lived. In the second week of April,…

    Can the Mississippi Delta shore up US food supply in the face of environmental risks?

    According to a 2020 report, companies such as Walmart and Kellogg face up to $120 billion globally in costs from environmental risks in their supply chains over the next five…

    Insufficient domestic production has led to rising prices

    Lesotho Agriculture Ministry lifts ban on vegetable imports

    Lesotho’s Ministry of Agriculture, Marketing and Food Security has lifted the ban on vegetables imports. The ban was imposed in February 2021 and was intended to preserve the…

    Supporting Small Industries Development Organisation SIDO

    Tanzanian government committed to developing small scale industries

    The government of Tanzania has restated its commitment to developing small scale industries that can add value to the agricultural sector. This means the government has…

    Nearly € 4 million in losses, according to initial estimates

    The storms on April 20 affected some 2,000 hectares of crops in Alicante and Valencia

    According to La Unió de Llauradors' first assessment of yesterday's hailstorms, the weather event damaged some 2,000 hectares of crops in some regions of Alicante and Valencia. Losses are estimated at around 4 million euro, not including damages to infrastructure. Yesterday storms affected five highly defined…

    "We work together with Tianjin Port to set up even more direct shipping routes"

    "Gaobeidian Xinfadi Market is already the largest first-grade fruit wholesale market in northern China"

    Xinfadi Agricultural Wholesale Market in Beijing suffered from an outbreak of Covid-19 in June 2020. All market operations were temporarily halted for several weeks. Many market traders took this opportunity to move their business to nearby Gaobeidian Xinfadi Market in Hebei. The trade volume in…

    Australia Post backs down on plans to discontinue food mail

    Australia Post has had to back down on threats to end the shipping of foods through the post. The service threatened to ban the sending of ‘perishable goods’ across the…

    "The British have a good perception of the Spanish brands, quality, and products"

    The EC expects Spain will maintain its food exports to the United Kingdom

    The deputy director of the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, Jochen Müller, stated in an interview that the departure of the United Kingdom from the European…

    Pakistan Horticulture Development Export Company allegedly ineffective

    Pakistan government urged to spur on its horticulture export body

    Yesterday, Ahmad Jawwad, an expert on horticulture exports, urged Pakistan’s government to take notice of the Pakistan Horticulture Development Export Company’s (PHDEC)…

    Azerbaijan boosts export in Q1 2021

    Azerbaijan has increased the exports of various products in the first quarter of 2021. During the reported period, the country increased persimmon exports by 24,400 tons to…

    Louis de Kock - Nile - online trading platform

    “Why can’t we have better price transparency and digitalise trade between African countries?”

    Many things have changed in the last year, most people now buy a lot more online due to the lockdowns and we are becoming more accustomed to this way of life. One company was just getting established in February 2020 just before the global pandemic hit the world. Nile is an online trading platform for…

    Fruit and vegetable prices down in Oman

    Between March 2021 and March 2020, prices of vegetables in Oman decreased by 11.6 per cent. Fruit prices went down 2.95 per cent YoY, according to data from by National Centre…

    South Africa: Kagiso Trust’s Tyala Fund to support Limpopo growers

    Kagiso Trust’s Tyala Impact Fund (TIF) has collaborated with the Spar Mopani Rural Hub in Limpopo in an attempt to empower small-scale farmers. The three main themes revolve…

    Cambodia: Phnom Penh’s vegetable market moves to Kandal province

    The main vegetable market in Phnom Penh will move to a new prepared location in Kandal province. The vegetable hub for the capital’s residents, which is normally the area…

    ‘Made in Italy’ produce, exports to China rising

    A sign of hope for the post Covid period comes from the ‘Made in Italy’ food exports to China which more than doubled (+ 130%) as there is a strong demand for Italian products…

    Multiple US states concerned about April weather

    The unpredictable April weather is worrying fruit growers in many US states. Fruit farmers in central Illinois are worried the Tuesday night freeze might destroy their crops.…

    USDA withdraws proposed changes to the handling requirements for Florida tomatoes

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is withdrawing a proposal that would have revised the handling requirements under the federal marketing order for tomatoes grown in…


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