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Sector | Market Information

Social media hyped about blueberry price surges at Australian supermarkets

Korean food exporters meet global buyers from 36 countries at Buy Korean Food+

NFU rebuts newspaper claims that cheap imports benefit food security

Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports to South Korea and Thailand see significant growth

Uzbekistan's fruit and vegetable exports to Russia see significant rise

Japan open to employ broad range of strategies in response to the yen reaching very low value

Good production on Mexican blackberries despite weather events

New South Wales

Nambucca Valley Council strives to limit intensive blueberry farming

Unprecedented floods in the United Arab Emirates destroy greenhouses

USDA

U.S. retailers shifted to specials on springtime favorites like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, lemons, and cantaloupes

"Iraqi horticulture sector offers opportunities for Dutch investment"

Morocco is Spain's foremost non-EU provider of fruits and vegetables in early 2024

Why tomatoes are considered vegetables in the US

Sander Zuidgeest, Steenks Service:

"Finnish growers prefer small, new, and high-quality products"

"60 hectares of hydroponic greenhouses by 2028"

Royal Brinkman's strategy:

Global volume and market knowledge for specialization and innovation

Nikgroup Farm to establish tomato and pepper farms in Akuse, Ghana

Prince de Bretagne develops its berry range:

“The French market still has plenty of room for improvement”

"It wasn't a good campaign for any of Almeria's tomato varieties"

Environmental accounting and reporting for CEA operations

USDA
USMCA seasonal perishable products weekly update:

'U.S. vegetable production dropped over 3% from 2017-2022'

Ruud Krul, Freshclusive:

"Lower air freight rates boost exports to distant destinations"

"The Greek strawberry sector has to deal with three really demanding challenges"

"Lower European tomato production provided an opportunity for Turkish tomatoes"

Ruff-Häring GbR Gemüsebau
Franken: Early start to the open ground radish harvest

"The winter season saw an abundance of affordable radishes from Italy"

Thulani Magida - Juta Agritech:

Competing meaningfully in the vegetable market

Call for Canadian vertical farmers to participate in stakeholder survey

Primizie Company:

"Improving the supply to meet the demand for strawberries is crucial"

Consumers continue to prefer domestic strawberries:

Early kick-off for the strawberry season

Turkmenistan tomatoes are gaining ground in foreign markets

Strawberry Contact Group debates effects of climate change in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal

A letter to MEPs:

"The future of EU farming depends on balanced and effective legislation on Plant Reproductive material"

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US: CEA Alliance applauds introduction of bipartisan Senate bill to scale supply chain loan guarantee program at USDA

Businesses prepare for the implications of new post-Brexit border controls between the UK and the EU

Tobias Mann at the season opener for Altes Land greenhouse strawberries:

"Even after Easter, the price situation can be called quite positive"

Area figures 2023 from Statistics Netherlands (CBS):

Has the contraction of Dutch greenhouse horticulture begun?

USDA
National Retail Report - specialty crops:

Ad numbers down this week as retailers took a break after Lent and Easter promotions

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CAN: Ottawa looks to robotics to address labor challenges in the ag sector

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NZ: Research roadshow highlights how levy money is put to practical use

The most expensive vegetable is becoming more popular, at 1,000 euro per kg

Despite falling volumes:

Morocco continues to increase revenue from fresh vegetable exports

Deal on trade support for Ukraine with more protection for EU farmers

World Bank greenlights $35mn boost for agri-food clusters in Kyrgyz Republic

Tomato industry stakeholders respond to Florida’s appeal for protectionist policies

The changing landscape of the pickling cucumber industry

The Netherlands pioneers sustainable horticulture in Kazakhstan

World Vegetable Map 2024:

Turbulent times for the global vegetable sector

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Farm Financing: Works remain much more than the pouring of funds

Pickle trends help grow dill pickle cucumber consumption

Sam Pope - British Growers Insights

Collecting data such as price, promotions, country of origin and packaging

The import of Uzbek veggies to alleviate Kazakh mid-season shortage

Dutch exporter discusses the start of the local greenhouse strawberry season

"Fandango is particularly popular in the German day trading market"

Frequent fresh produce promotions by supermarkets challenge Australian producers

Organic Trade Association survey says:

“Most familiar + high trust = Organic”

USDA
USMCA Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update:

Asparagus demand is light following the Easter holiday pull

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"Russian vegetables with fake documents undermine prices," say Lithuanian farmers

1.08 million euros allocated to Ukrainian agribusinesses for orchard and greenhouse development

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US: Farmer sentiment improves as interest rate expectations shift

California settles into strawberry production

Didier Lepoutre - Belorta

“We are being approached directly from the UK looking for our products"

Köckerling GmbH & Co. KG
Henrik Rolf from Köckerling & Co.

"German fresh-cut market seems to move in two opposite directions"

Dreamstime
Report: Marks & Spencer is UK’s most prominent online grocery brand

SPAR Gran Canaria is partnering for the promotion and production of tomatoes from La Aldea

Prices of imported tomatoes up in Ukraine

US: Horti research institute to carry out a new green industry survey

Wouter Willems, ZON:

"Retailers in search of bell peppers, but supply still limited"

Manuel Piedras from UPA Huelva, from Brussels: "After Easter, prices have recovered as the production has fallen due to the cold"

"This hasn't been a good year for those who speculate with strawberries around Easter"

Cutting through greenwashing and profitability

Focus on consumption at Global Food Security Conference

"El Niño delays Mexican strawberry harvests"

Despite inflation, climate change, Red Sea crisis... Egyptian strawberries remain unaffected

Lucien Ruiter, Van Ooijen Citrus:

"First Spanish greenhouse cherries are a must-have"

Global market overview strawberries

Northeast India:

Strawberry cultivation expands in Bihar

Mexico delays glyphosate ban amidst agricultural and trade pressures

South Gippsland producers need to adapt to Australian consumption patterns

Azerbaijan's tomato exports surge: driven by seasonal dynamics and Russian demand

Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium:

"UK government's new import charges set to cripple fresh produce & flower industry"

“The primary functional failure point: choosing technology over purpose"

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Tennessee moves to classify 'Vaccine Lettuce' as a drug

State grant program for farmers in Ukraine has yielded disappointing results

Borja Herrera, from Difrusol

"The quality of some greenhouse products is decreasing, we are withdrawing to avoid issues at destination"

EU Commission proposes common agricultural policy revisions following farmer protests

Global survey on the costs in produce production launches

Philippe Degré, Rotom:

"Switching to local tomatoes as quality of Spanish goods diminishes"

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EU pumps four times more money into farming animals than growing plants

Sjraar Hulsman, Frankort&Koning:

"German gastronomers are looking at Dutch strawberries early"

Exclusive to FreshPlaza:

Roamler dives into Polish, German, and French blackberry and raspberry market

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Opportunities for organic agriculture in Uganda

Russian Government approves duty-free import of up to 100,000 tons of tomatoes until May 31

Lithuanian vegetable market faces challenges from Russian produce

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Kenya poised to triple horticultural exports with Dutch MoU on cool-logistics corridor

EU-NZ FTA ratification boost for New Zealand's horticulture sector

Samskip continues network expansion with new Spain-United Kingdom-Rotterdam Service launch

Horticultural Sector Committee report:

‘Sowing the seeds: A blooming English horticultural sector’

Small gap on imported organic Heirloom tomatoes until mid-April

'Until growers are fully consulted'

NFU calls for a halt to proposed changes in SMETA standard

Bulgaria and Romania join the Schengen area

Vittorio Gona from OP Alba Bio also reports on the complicated situation:

"Premium niche tomatoes now featured in our assortment"

Tomato prices surge in India

Marcel van der Pluijm, Feeling Fresh:

"Early demand for Dutch bell peppers from North America following a successful Spanish season"

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Bitcoin mining unlocks Iceland's $9.24M food import gap

The absence of Polish cucumber imports offers market opportunities for Ukrainian producers

"The federal carbon price increase will impose nearly $24M in additional carbon costs on the greenhouse sector"

Deal to extend trade support for Ukraine with safeguards for EU farmers

Baltimore bridge collapse impacting Maryland logistics

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Can the decline in vegetables' nutrient content be reversed?

Evolution of strawberry varieties in Huelva for the 2023/2024 campaign:

The Marisma, Fortuna, and Rociera varieties lead Huelva's strawberry production

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Turkey: Minister of Ag says all protected cropping production to be monitored

US (PA): Shapiro administration invites proposals for $460,000 in PA farm bill grants for high priority specialty crops

Frutania Ltd reports improved sentiment for the 2024 berry season

"Currently, we anticipate the start of the harvest to align with last year's strawberry season"

Gentile Group: "We ship 1500 packages of raspberries a day"

Lack of Italian raspberries but not everyone was caught unprepared

"Our producers have increased production areas of yellow, red, and green peppers"

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Ontario Greenhouse Grower Association speak up against increased wastewater charges

CAN (ON): "$179,000 per acre for any new greenhouse development in the Chatham-Kent"

Exploring strawberry cultivation in the Bahamas

68% surge in cargo thefts in Q4 of 2023:

Cargo theft incidents escalate in the US

Coalition, Greens and independents unite to back Australian farmers

What is the cost of a plant growth chamber?

Strawberry season starts at Belgian cooperative:

"We expect a strong demand for strawberries this summer"

EU Horticulture General Assembly reflects on challenges and prospects for agriculture across Europe

EU-NZ FTA ratification boost for New Zealand's horticulture sector

Moroccan tomatoes surpass the Spanish in the British market

USDA
National Retail Report - specialty crops:

US retailers offered plenty of promotions this week

NL: "Local tomato doesn't just regain shelf position in winter"

USDA

US asparagus supplies will begin to decrease as Caborca growing region winds down

EU report highlights impact of agricultural agreement with Morocco

VBT Figures Week 12:

Belgium: Price recovery in cucumber, nosedive for strawberry

British farmers protest outside Parliament over post-Brexit trade deals

EU and Moldova extend Road Transport Agreement until December 31, 2025