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In fresh-food retailing, quality matters more than price

A McKinsey&Company survey of 23,000 European shoppers reveals specific ways grocers can win in fresh fruits and vegetables, boosting sales by as much as 10 percent even in a flat market.Quality over priceIf you’re a fresh-food retailer in Europe, your apples and bananas better be top-notch. European.....

Britain’s changing appetite for veg

You can tell the story of modern British food through our changing attitude to vegetables. Once, we were a people who ate our greens while grumbling about them. Then, we became people who spoke admiringly of butternut squash without necessarily eating it. Now, there are glimmers of a new Britain, where,.....

Turkey: Permission to export tomatoes to Russia is granted

The Russian Federal Veterinary and Plants Health Supervision Service has lifted some restrictions regarding Turkish exports of tomatoes to Russia which allowed 2 tomato growers in Salihli to start exporting again.Food, Agriculture and Livestock Salihli County Manager Ali Demir: “The inspection of the.....

Ireland: Teagasc supporting Smart Futures Programme

Teagasc is partnering with the Smart Futures programme to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Teagasc speakers are participating in a series of talks at Institutes of Technology (IT) around the country commencing Wednesday 25 April, in Athlone IT and Carlow IT.Speaking about.....

Turkish pepper growers in Mersin face debt crisis

The Mersin Chamber of Agriculture Chairman Cengiz Gokcel: “The peppers are sold at 0.40 USD per kg and this is the period when pepper production, and all the other greenhouse vegetables, peak. However the prices are too low for the growers and the growers are suffering because of it. Even though the quality.....

US (NC): Recent storms may impact North Carolina strawberry crops

The recent storms, moving through eastern North Carolina, could have lasting impacts on strawberry crops. The strawberry season hits its peak between mid-April and May, and farmers say fluctuating temperatures and heavy rainfall are known to be the determining factor in the success of crops.Now is the.....

US (CA): Lettuce production completes transition to Salinas

The production of lettuce is now maintaining steady volume after weather events several weeks ago caused some disruption to the market. Supplies have since stabilized and production has now fully transitioned out of the desert regions and into the northern California growing districts."We have recently.....

Phil Hogan:

"Protecting small farmers my top priority in EU budget negotiations"

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan stated that his top priority in the ongoing EU budget negotiation is "protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe's food production and rural communities".Ahead of a Citizens' Dialogue with 400 farmers in.....

Starting signal for tomatoes and peppers from Germany

As soon as spring arrives, producer cooperative Landgard brings the first fresh German summer vegetables to the table: these days, the harvest of tomatoes and peppers from protected German cultivation is really picking up speed. "Just in time for the grill, the aromatic tomatoes and crunchy peppers from our.....

US: Higher income households spend more on vegetables

ERS researchers used household-level data from Information Resources Inc. to investigate how food spending patterns differ by household income and age of the household food shopper.The researchers found that as per person income rises, households spend a larger portion of their at-home food expenditures on.....

European tomato market a mixed bag

EU average tomato prices in March were 19% below the reference period average (5 preceding years). That indicator is very different among Member States: 27% above average in IT, 23% below average in ES, 6% under average in the NL and 5% below average in FR.There is, therefore, a dual situation at MS level:.....

US (FL): Good bell pepper supplies meet slow demand

The supply of Florida peppers continues to be good which makes the lack of demand for the commodity challenging. “Demand is fair to poor for bell peppers,” says Jay Johnson of JGL Produce Co. Inc. in Immokalee, Fl. “There’s been a lot of cold weather in the Northeast and that’s been holding demand back. Any.....
Starting April 24

Russia allows tomato imports from five more Turkish firms

As stated by Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor last Monday, Russia will allow tomato imports from five more Turkish firms, starting from April 24.Source: reuters.com

China: Production of Qianxi cherry tomatoes trebles

Cherry tomatoes have been on the market for a while and the price has experienced great fluctuations. Hainan Qianxi cherry tomatoes are a relatively new variety but this year the production volume trebled. How will the price develop?Qianxi cherry tomato plantations have expanded rapidly in recent years, and.....

Production ramping up for Canadian greenhouse cucumbers

As spring takes hold and warmer weather gradually creeps in, Canadian greenhouse cucumber growers are starting to see an increase in production. Although greenhouses enable year round production, the summer months bring about warmer conditions and more sunlight, bringing with it faster growth."We are in full.....

Mexico: Traditional protected agricultural sector in need of diversification

“In 2013, AMHPAC's members reported the production for a little over 7,000 hectares (ha) of protected surface. About 60% of this surface was destined for the production of tomatoes, 20% for cucumbers and 17% for bell peppers. In 2018, the reports say we are close to 8,500 ha distributed very similarly: 67%.....

Overview global strawberry market

Rain and cool weather are limiting the availability of strawberries in many parts of southern Europe and the United States. This, combined with an increasing demand, is resulting in shortages on the market and rising prices. In California, the harvest has been affected by rain, which means that the picking.....

China tariffs could be good news for Australian growers

China's tariff hit of up to 25 percent for U.S. agriculture could be a big gain potentially for Australia, particularly for wine and certain nut and fruit producers."We've invested quite a lot of time and money in building the market in China for 15 years, and then this may force us to reduce the amount of.....

New brand of locally-grown fruits & vegetables

Khayr Qatarna brings fresh produce to Qatari supermarkets

A new brand of locally-grown fruits and vegetables, known as 'Khayr Qatarna', has now hit the Qatari supermarkets.Khayr Qatarna, an initiative of the Your Health First campaign, has harvested its first crop and has begun supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to local supermarkets. The objective of this.....

US: Fruit and veg prices may be higher in low-income neighborhoods

Shoppers purchasing fruits and vegetables in stores located in low-income neighborhoods in California may pay more for those fruits and vegetables than shoppers in other neighborhoods, according to a study that examined prices in a large sample of stores throughout the state.Published online in March 2018 in.....

Dutch Tomberry season kicks off

From this week, week 14, the first Dutch Tomberry pearl tomatoes are available at Eminent Food. "These pearl tomatoes' quality meet the highest requirements that Eminent demands from all their products", this Dutch company,which specialises in exclusive greenhouse vegetables, said.The Tomberry is available.....

Russia inspects more Turkish exporters

Russia could possibly expand its list of Turkish tomato exporters with access to Russia, according to the Russian phytosanitary service on 3 April.“Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian phytosanitary service) has suggested to the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock to have a discussion about an.....

NL: Acreage reduced, but greenhouse harvests keep on growing

Recent figures from the CBS show that since 2010 the number of hectares used for greenhouse vegetables are reducing steadily. In 2010 the number of hectares used in the Netherlands was 4998, to 4454 hectares in 2017.The harvest figures meanwhile keep on growing. In 2017 1804,7 million kilo vegetables were.....

Australia: Horticulture Statistics Handbook out now

Hort Innovation has released the latest Horticulture Statistics Handbook – offering the most comprehensive and contemporary data available on all sectors of the Australian horticulture industry in one easy-to-read guide.Featuring more than 470 pages of information drawn from a number of supply chain sources,.....

ZimTrade tips farmers on $4.7bn capsicum market

Research from Trade Map indicates that spices are a high value cash crop, which horticulture farmers in Zimbabwe should consider growing more, Zimtrade has said.Capsicum (pepper) comprises the bulk of the global spice trade, taking up 45 percent of all traded spices in 2016 with an estimated value of $4.7.....

Photo report: imported fruits sold in Hong Kong street markets

Unlike mainland China, Hong Kong has a relatively liberal import policy for fresh fruits and vegetables.There are no restrictions or controls on the consumption of imported fresh fruits in Hong Kong. These goods can be freely imported without paying duties. Click here for more information on the guide to.....

Almost 600 tons of exotic Ecuadorian fruits arrive in Russia

Ecuadorian granadilla, passion fruit, pitahaya (variety Palora), and sweet cucumber entered Russia and are being marketed by Food City, one of the most important wholesale markets in that country.The fruits were produced by the Ecuadorian company ORGANPIT and were exported through two air shipments made in.....

"More innovation needed for traditional lettuce"

A stable market with low prices and a single product doing well: tomatoes. Things slowed down for lettuce and it was a normal year for pears while apple prices increased by 30% due to the lack of volumes.Tazio Zavaglia in front of the family stall. Sergio was his father and the business was founded by his.....

Bhutan strives to achieve vegetable self-sufficiency

If Bhutan wants to achieve vegetable self-sufficiency, the country must produce at least 65,162 tons of vegetables by the end of the 12th Plan. While the country exported an average of 5,958 tons of vegetables in 2014, 2015 and 2016, it imported an average of 14,354 tons vegetables.National vegetable.....

Vietnam: Striving to double the income of its farmers

Vietnam is accelerating agricultural restructuring to double its farmers' annual income to 66 million Vietnamese dong (over $2,900) in the next five years. On average, a Vietnamese farmer currently has an annual income of 33 million Vietnamese dong (over $1,450), while the average Vietnamese person has an.....

Russia ready to enlarge import of Turkish tomatoes

Yesterday, Russia said it is ready to increase imports of Turkish tomatoes. According to a statement by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), the country has asked the Turkish Agriculture Ministry to provide a list of companies that wish to supply tomatoes to.....

Henk Boekestijn paid a visit:

"Jordan growers can grow anything they want"

"The season is almost at an end there, but everything still looked good," says Henk Boekestijn of Westland Peppers. Last week, the pepper grower visited Jordan to explore the market and the possibilities for vegetable cultivation.When it’s winter in the Netherlands, it is difficult to grow certain types of.....

Looking back on a mixed season

Asparagus season seeing transition as northern Mexico finishes

The asparagus season in northern Mexico has almost finished for the year. Growers are finalizing harvests and will be packing their final boxes over the next week. It's been a mixed season, with variable production brings some challenges along the way."We have one more week to go and then the harvest will be.....

Conserve Italia:

"Protectionist measures and duties limit exports"

"Should the US decide to apply duties to the import of European food products, it would have a negative impact on the tomato market: in order to maintain their market shares, companies would have to revise their price policies leading to lower turnovers," explains Diego Pariotti, Director of Foreign Trade.....

Italy: Drop in pepper acreage could lead to positive campaign

Last year's stable market and productions reassured open-field pepper producers, however the current season is late due to the dry season."This is a problem especially in the Foggia and Metaponto areas. The recent rain and snow should help fill reservoirs, so there should be water available for those looking.....

Ireland: Targeted re-opening of Horticulture Investment Scheme

Andrew Doyle T.D., Irish Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Horticulture has announced a targeted re-opening of the 2018 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector.Re-opening the Scheme, Minister.....

"Berries' fever arrives in Spain"

Berries burst into the Spanish market, which for decades has ignored them, despite being the first producer in Europe. Raspberries and blueberries, common in supermarkets in other European countries, are also common now on the Spanish shelves."In five years, berries have boosted their turnover by 300%, very.....
Horticulture New Zealand:

"Employment law plans could destroy trust and not fit for this era"

Proposed employment law changes are a step backwards, and could destroy trust relationships between employers and employees and result in lower productivity, New Zealand's horticulture industry says.Horticulture New Zealand, joined by 13 other horticulture industry groups, has submitted to the Education and.....

The key is brand building

China's strawberry production value exceeds RMB 60 billion

"China has, for some time, been the largest strawberry producer in the world," said Zhu Baocheng, president of China Good Agri-products Development & Service Association, at the first International Strawberry Brand Conference held in China on March 24th. According to statistics, China's strawberry.....

Bulgarian producers received nearly 20.45 million Euro in tied support

Fruit and Vegetables producers received almost 40 million Lev (nearly 20.45 million Euro) from the State Fund for Agriculture under the tied support schemes.9,450 producers submitted the necessary documents to apply for this aid up until 31 January 2018, as announced by the Fund.For fruits (basic group) 29.2.....
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group:

Everyone wants to have a little slice of China

In 2018 alone, some 346 million people in China are projected to use food delivery services. The country’s surging middle class also continues to demonstrate a growing demand for high-quality, safe foods. This has led many of China’s food and beverage suppliers, including e-commerce businesses, to look both.....

US: Slow movement on eggplant puts pressure on supply

Eggplant supply is looking steady and plentiful right now. “There’s product coming out of Florida, Western Mexico and out of our farm in Yucatan, Mexico so there’s plenty available,” says Dug Schwalls of Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable out of Norman Park, Ga. Schwalls adds that Florida’s cold weather.....
Slightly earlier than last year:

California strawberry production off and running

Fresh strawberry production in California is off to a faster start than last year as the sector gears up for its peak late-spring and early-summer season.As of March 24, crews had harvested nearly 11.88 million flats, according to the California Strawberry Commission. Most of that picking has occurred in the.....

CAP ideas expected on 29 May 2018

There have been developments surrounding the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It is expected that on 29 May, European Commissioner of Agriculture, Phil Hogan, will share his proposals for CAP after 2020.In doing so, he has indicated that he wants the tempo to pick up. It, however, remains unlikely that.....
Value dropped by 7%

Spain: Horticultural exports grew by 2.7% in January

In January, the Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables grew by 2.7% compared to the same month of 2017, totalling 1.24 million tonnes. Meanwhile, the value dropped by 7%, reaching 1,287 million Euro, according to the latest data supplied by the General Directorate of Customs.Vegetable exports in.....

A visit to the Rungis International Market

PHOTO REPORT The Rungis International Market near Paris is the world’s largest wholefood market. Of the market's five main sections (fish, meat/offal, flowers, dairy and fruits and vegetables), the fruit and vegetable section is the most important one. 363 merchants spread over nine pavilions sell products from all over.....

US: SNAP households get the same for less

Households can have similar food needs, but often have different budgets with which to meet them. These budget differences may help explain observed differences in food spending and diet quality. A new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service digs into this issue using household level data from USDA’s.....

Mexico keen to strengthen trade, investment ties with Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael conferred with Mexico’s Director General for Africa and Middle East, Ambassador Jorge Alvarez Feuntes.Ambassador Jorge Alvarez Feuntes said his government is keen to enhance bilateral relations and further collaborate with Ethiopia in.....

Currently some 50,000 rial to the euro

Iran currency hits record low

The Iranian rial fell to a record low this Monday, breaking through the 50,000-to-the-euro mark for the first time. Analysts blamed uncertainty from Washington. So now the rial has lost around a quarter of its value in the past six months. Iran’s government took drastic measures last month to stem the.....

Chinese entrepreneurs aim to purchase vegetables and fertilizers from Volgograd

On 20 March, a Chinese delegation arrived in Volgograd's capital to discuss the implementation of projects for the supply of potash fertilizers, vegetables and fruits, grain and other products. According to Volgogradskaya pravda.ru, Chinese entrepreneurs are planning to invest in strategic projects, as well.....

Ukraine: First greenhouse tomatoes of 2018 hit the stores

Sales of the first greenhouse tomatoes of 2018 have started in Ukraine, as reported by APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits.It is reported that, to date, the supply of tomatoes is limited, as only a few traders are offering them, so they reach prices of up to 60 hryvnia per kilo (about 1.85 Euro).It is worth.....

Greenhouse cucumber prices rising in Poland

Greenhouse cucumber prices continue to rise quickly in Poland. The product is becoming more expensive every day, reports APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits citing FreshMarket.In the last week alone, greenhouse cucumbers in the Polish market have become 25-33% more expensive. Producers have been able to close.....

Moldovan producers exporting to Russia forced to report shipped volume in advance

In order to export products of plant origin to the Russian Federation, Moldovan producers will have to report in advance what volume they plan to ship to the Russian market in 2018. To this end, the Russian side informed the National Agency for Food Safety (ANSA) of Moldova that Moldovan producers will have.....

Zimbabwe strikes horticulture deal with Russia

Russia has expressed interest in investing in horticulture in Zimbabwe. Christopher Mutsvangwa, special adviser to president Mnangagwa, said Russian investors have shown interest in horticulture around the city of Norton.According to Mutsvangwa, Russia has a large and ready market for fruits and vegetables:.....

Turkish growers get good returns on year-round strawberries

Koprubasi, one of the smallest districts in Manisa (Turkey), with a population of only 13,000 people has generated a significant amount of extra revenue through strawberry production. Strawberries are grown year-round, which not only benefits the district, but Turkey as a whole. The district started to.....

report Talking 2030: Growing agriculture into a $100 billion industry

Need for inflows identified to have AU horticulture thrive

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) wants to grow agriculture to $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030. Reaching that goal requires new ideas to accelerate the industry's growth. In collaboration with KPMG, and supported by Telstra the NFF has developed a discussion paper that aims to consolidate.....

US: Online platform connects urban growers with local buyers

A new online platform called Seed Voyage is designed to connect backyard and other urban food growers with local buyers. The creator of Seed Voyage says it's designed to help growers make some income off an especially bountiful harvest while helping consumers obtain fresh, good-tasting produce, including.....

New Zealand growers to vote on Fresh Tomato levy

The commodity levy referendum will run from the 2nd July to the 13th August.Fresh tomato growers will be asked to vote for the Fresh Tomato levy that funds Tomatoes New Zealand, and for the Horticulture New Zealand levy.For the levy to be approved, 50% of votes by number, and by value must be in favour. You.....

Growcom CEO Pat Hannan:

"Get hort code-compliant before it’s too late"

All growers and traders operating through the central markets must have a valid Horticulture Produce Agreement (HPA) in place by 1 April 2018 or risk being penalised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).Only growers who sell directly to retailers, exports and processors are exempt and.....

30 years of SARE's investment in the future of American agriculture

A group of eight Minnesota farmers interested in using cover crops to improve the health of their soil and profitability of their farms had a problem—there was scant information on how to manage cover crops in their area, where the growing season is short. But they were willing to lead the way, so in 2014.....

Kenya: Horticulture sways 2017 jitters to hit new record

Kenya’s earnings from horticulture exports rose 12.8 per cent for the second year to register a Sh13 billion [129 million USD] more earnings value to Sh115.32 billion [1.1 billion USD] from fruits, cut flowers and vegetables.The sector earned a record Sh101.51 billion [1 billion USD] in 2016, another 12 per.....

Mexico: Habanero pepper consolidates in Tabasco

According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa), Habanero pepper production in Tabasco, which currently has 800 hectares devoted to this product, is increasing.In 2017, the region produced 2,671 tons of peppers. The Habanero pepper achieved the.....

Strong market right now

Florida okra expected to begin mid-April

Florida’s okra supply will be starting very soon – about two weeks from now. Current supply is imported by air from Choluteca, Honduras to provide consumers with a steady supply year round.“The main volume of our import program comes in between the months of December through March, and this season we had.....

Romanian growers hit hard by unexpected snow and low temps

A heavy blizzard lashed southern Romania last Friday, which is causing a lot of problems for growers, especially for those growing greenhouse vegetables. The National Weather Administration has warned that the weather is expected to stay cold through to the end of the week."The cold weather and snow.....

Turkey doesn’t accept Russian tomato quota

The Turkish government is “absolutely” opposed to the Russian restrictions on the import of Turkish tomatoes, according to the Minister of Economic Affairs in Turkish media. “We are absolutely opposed to only a limited selection of companies gaining access. If necessary, we can do the same thing, we can also.....
Starting March 23

Russia will allow tomato imports from four extra Turkish firms

Russia has decided to allow tomato imports from four additional Turkish firms, starting from March 23. This was announced by the Interfax news agency, quoting Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog.Reuters.com explains how until now only eight Turkish producers were allowed to supply tomatoes to Russia.

Growcom:

"Unfair bill puts Queensland fruit and veg production at risk"

Fruit and vegetable peak industry body Growcom is calling on the Queensland Government to reinstate the permit system for clearing of high value agricultural land (HVA) in the interests of consumers and growers.Growcom Chief Advocate Rachel Mackenzie said under the present laws only 56 ha/year has been.....

Vietnam places all cards on the development of cooperatives

Vietnam was dissatisfied with the development of cooperatives along the lines of the socialist model and has changed course over the last few years. It has turned its eyes to the Netherlands. A sizeable delegation with unprecedented media attention from Vietnam will therefore be arriving in the Netherlands.....

China: Pepper prices drop 30% because of warmer weather

Vegetable prices tend to decrease as the weather becomes warmer. The most recent data from Xinfadi Market shows that the current average vegetable price per kg is 2.55 yuan [0.40 USD]. This is a decrease of 9.89% in comparison with the average price of the previous sample period. The pepper price dropped by.....

Spain: Analysis of future changes in application of CMO for fruit and veg

Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA) met this week with those of the main fruit and vegetable organizations, including FEPEX, in order to arrange a second round of consultations and discuss the future changes that the Ministry plans to introduce in the.....

Twittering in the USA

Ratio of Kale vs Bacon mentioning on Twitter

This map was drawn up several years ago, but we found it funny enough to report on and the general trend is probably still valid. Click here for larger image.

Vincent Elegoet, Saveurs du Bout du Monde:

"Offering a Spanish tomato in Brittany requires guts"

This Spanish pink tomato called 'Rosa de la Reina’ is being offered by the Breton company ‘Saveurs du Bout du Monde’. Vincent Elegoet, manager of the company, says: "For once, our Spanish friends produced a superb tomato. It should be eaten slightly pink; don’t wait for it turn more red.”The Rosa de la Reina.....

Indian gherkin growers meet market standards

India produces 10% of the global supply of gherkins. The southern part of the country offers excellent climate conditions for almost year round production. However, increasing Western market standards pose challenges to Indian growers in an already complex market. Rijk Zwaan helps these growers face the.....

Russia may limit import of Belarusian tomatoes

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance may limit import of tomatoes from Belarus, following high volumes of re-exported vegetables.In 2017, the Republic of Belarus imported 75 thousand tons with a value of $63 million, having become one of the five biggest importers......

Polish tomato exports fell in 2017, but still more than doubled those of 2004

Eurostat data shows that in the first 11 months of 2017, 83,300 tonnes of tomatoes were exported by Poland, i.e. 11% less than in the same period of 2016. In 2017, the average price of tomatoes for export amounted to 2.78 PLN/kg (about 0.66 Euro) and was 8% lower compared to 2016, and 10% lower than the.....

More soft fruit imports good for British season

With Brexit at its doorstep, the British sector is facing a number of challenges. The labour market is less attractive to seasonal workers, and customs and clearance procedures have to be reinstated. Many accounts are also paid in euros. At the recently held Global Berry Congress, Nick Marston of British.....

"Irish horticulture sector needs storm damage support"

IFA Horticulture Chairman Paul Brophy is calling on the Irish government to provide support for horticulture producers whose businesses were severely impacted by Storm Emma.He said many growers in the soft fruit and nursery stock sectors in particular, have experienced devastating damage due to the heavy.....