Peru: Historic mango export record
According to the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM), mango exports achieved a historic record this season as the country exported 150,000 tons of this product, i.e. 10,000 tons more than the highest volume ever…..

Peru: Fresh fruit exports increased by 13.6% in January
According to the Association of Agricultural Producers Unions from Peru (AGAP), Peruvian exports of fresh fruit grew by 13.6% in January 2017 and the US was one of the most dynamic markets.Grape exports increased by 28.2% in January this year,…..

EU and Chile sign mutual recognition agreement for organic farming
On Monday, the countries of the European Union approved the signing of a mutual recognition agreement with Chile regarding the regulations for the production and control of organic farming, which ensures that EU and Chilean organic products…..

Mexico: Value of avocado exports surpasses oil in importance
According to the Tariff Information System Via Internet (SIAVI) of the Ministry of Economy (SE), the export of oil and oil products in 2016 left Mexico with a deficit that amounted to 13,163,000,000 dollars; meanwhile, avocado exports reported…..

Costa Rica: Entrepreneurs confident Mexican avocado ban will be lifted
Entrepreneurs are optimistic that the authorities will lift the ban on Mexican Hass avocado imports soon.The ban started on May 5, 2015, after the former director of the State Plant and Health Service (SFE), Francisco Dall’Anese, stated that…..

Peru and India begin negotiating a bilateral FTA
The governments of Peru and India started negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries in New Delhi today, stated the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) of Peru.The first talks will continue until next…..

Peru exported 61% of its asparagus to the US
Exports of fresh asparagus began 2016 at a moderate pace when compared to the first month of the previous year. According to information from AgrodataPeru, Peru exported 6,877,392 kilos of asparagus for a FOB value of US $27,326,404 in January…..

New data shows recession in Brazil worsened in late 2016
Brazil’s worst-ever recession intensified unexpectedly in the final quarter of 2016, data showed on Tuesday, frustrating hopes for signs of a recovery and stepping up pressure on President Michel Temer and the central bank to do more to promote…..

Peru’s agro-exports totalled US$516m in Jan 2017
Peru’s agro-exports totalled US$516 million in January 2017, up by 6% from the same month last year, the country’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry reported.Growth was attributed to greater sales of traditional (+31%) and non-traditional…..

Special Australia and New Zealand

New Zealand companies enter into exclusive agreement
Class 1 kiwifruit post-harvest operator, Aongatete Coolstores Ltd, and fresh produce marketing company, Pole to Pole Fresh Ltd, have today announced an exclusive marketing agreement prior to the commencement of the 2017 NZ kiwifruit season.Pole…..

Global Focus Grapes

Lucien de Wit, Luba Fresh: “India sending good quality and large volumes”
“Looking for the right price on the grape market”
There currently is plenty of grapes on the European market. “The later varieties are being harvested in South Africa. All in all, more grapes from South Africa were sent this way than was expected. Especially because red seedless grapes did not…..

Tshwane Market, South Africa’s second largest
The Tshwane Fresh Produce Market in Pretoria is the second largest market in South Africa, with approximately half the turnover and tonnage of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market. Over 2015/16 Tshwane Market achieved a market share of…..

Spanish importers resorting to other European ports to fulfil their orders
Since the first stevedore strikes were announced, there has been a slowdown of the loading and unloading duties at the main Spanish ports, according to industry sources.This is consequently leading to delays in the delivery of fruits and…..

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:
Low pound culprit for export drop
Times are good for Dutch export companies — as long as they are not in business with customers in the UK. The fall of the British pound has put significant pressure on the export value to that country, according to Joost Derks of the Dutch…..

China: Development of kiwifruit industry still long way to go
China is the home of the kiwifruit and its annual production accounts for more than 50% of the global output. The distribution of the plantation range is very wide but is mainly concentrated in four major areas: Shanxi province, Sichuan…..

Croation transporter connecting East and West Europe
Located in the central region of Croatia, Transporti Buneta deals in the transport of frozen and fresh goods between Croatia, Italy, Serbia, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Spain and the UK. The most common routes are from Italy to the…..

Volumes of Spanish strawberries increasing
Up to now, only small shipments of strawberries have been sent by Spain, but that will soon change. “At the end of this week, or maybe the start of next week, larger volumes will be sent. And it was about time, because there is much demand. The…..

“Belgian cucumbers are in demand”
The trade in vegetables is going well. “About two or three weeks ago, the vegetable market started recovering. There is decent demand for various products, including butterhead lettuce, leek and chicory. Naturally, we are now getting more…..

California avocado harvest will ramp up early
California avocado growers are happy about the recent rains in the region, which have significantly reduced drought conditions in much of the state. A combination of factors – a break in the weather, availability of harvesting crews and a…..

CBP officers seize $589K worth of narcotics hidden among avocados
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $3 million in two separate enforcement actions.“CBP officers display…..

USA: 2015 Annual Retail Trade Survey now available
This report provides national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, purchases, total operating expenses, inventories held outside the United States, gross margins, and end-of-year accounts receivable for…..

USA: Talley Farms releases local food cookbook
California grower Talley Farms announced the release of a new cookbook authored by Brian Talley, president of Talley Farms and Talley Vineyards, entitled Our California Table: Celebrating the Seasons with the Talley Family. The 192-page…..

Germany’s BayWa announce €30 million project for premium vegetables
The German-based BayWa AG, with agriculture as one of its core businesses, has tied up with the Abu Dhabi-based Al Dahra Holding LLC, a leading international agribusiness company, to set up a new project in the UAE.BayWa AG and Al Dahra Holding…..

Van der Wel Rotterdam bankrupt
On 7 March, an adjudication order was issued for fresh produce wholesaler’s Van der Wel Rotterdam. The company at the wholesaler’s market Spaanse Polder was founded in 1969, and after the 1997 split under the authority of Elbert Duifhuizen, it…..

Grothandel Claessens offers increasing range of miniature vegetables
“A thousand kilograms of miniature chantenay carrots sold since January”
Nowadays, many products can be bought in a miniature version. That trend is also noticeable in fruit and vegetables. “We offer, among other products, miniature beetroot, miniature parsnip, miniature turnips, miniature broccoli, miniature…..

AGRO Merchants Group acquires Frissul and Frigomato
AGRO Merchants Group, a leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, today announced the acquisition of Cold Land SGPS SA from funds affiliated with Inter-Risco, a premier Portuguese private equity firm, and Portugal Ventures, a venture…..

Automatic pallet labelling without using adhesives
In the supply chain a correct pallet label is indispensable. The relevant information must be applied to the pallet in a clearly legible way, including a machine readable form. Much has been written about the information and standards for a…..

Bulgaria: Overdue subsidies for fruit and veg to be paid by late March
The delay in payments of direct subsidies for 2016, which has already created discontent among agricultural producers, is likely to be shorter than originally scheduled, at least for fruits and vegetables. This became clear last week after a…..

Sharp contrast between wholesale and retail prices
Bulgaria: Notable increase in cucumber prices
The wholesale prices of cucumbers and chicken meat will be almost equal in March, according to the Centre for Economic Research in agriculture. This month’s prospects point to the price of a tonne of cucumbers reaching nearly 2,600 Lev (about…..

Greece: Zero use of “fruit and veg in schools” funds denounced
Manolis Kefalogiannis, of New Democracy (ND) and member of the Group of the European People’s Party, has criticised the zero absorption by the Greek government of the funds from the European program to supply fruit and vegetables in schools.The…..

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Spain: Castile-Leon making preparations for onion planting
It is time for irrigation and sowing. Growers in Castile-León are already preparing the land and planting the first onions; a crop that has “stabilised” in recent years, with about 1,700 hectares, and which has recorded a notable development…..

Morocco and France are Spain’s largest horticultural suppliers
The Spanish import of fresh fruit and vegetables from Morocco in 2016 was worth 413.3 million Euros; a 23% increase compared to 2015. The North African country is thus strengthening its position as Spain’s leading supplier, followed by France,…..

India: Kerala to market ‘Kerala Brand’ organic vegetables
The Kerala government will soon launch ‘Kerala Brand’ organic vegetables in the market to promote pesticide-free vegetables grown by farmers.Minister for Agriculture V S Sunil Kumar told the Assembly that steps were in train to sell the organic…..

Mukimono, the Japanese art of fruit and vegetable carving
Cutting fruit and vegetables may be seen as a valuable skill, but Japan has turned it into an art form. The practice known as mukimono focuses on the artistic aspect of chopping fruits and vegetables, where artists carve intricate designs into…..

China: Lishui Strawberry Festival opens up business opportunities
The 2017 Lishui Strawberry Festival has officially opened. Six agricultural sales projects were signed on site, including for strawberries, blueberries and other local argricultural products. The annual output of Lishui strawberries in Jiangsu…..

Indian vegetable growers seek $450 per acre for relief
Farmers cultivating vegetables in the Majha region in the Punjab have asked the government to announce a compensation of around $400 USD per acre for the loss of their crops due to the demonetization drive. They also demanded a minimum support…..

India temporarily blocks imports of dragon fruit from Vietnam
India has temporarily suspended the entry of dragon fruit, coffee beans, bamboo and other imports from Vietnam with effect from March 7 due to a “repeated interception of quarantine pests”.The decision comes close on the heels of Vietnam…..

Australian farm produce value to grow 8.3% this year
Australian farm produce is more popular than ever and overseas markets are clamouring for locally grown nuts such as almonds and macadamias as well as other agricultural staples.The value of Australian farm production is forecast to surge by…..

Future Orchards release orchard trial update for 2017
Small scale on-orchard trials are a regular part of the Future Orchards project and occur across all growing regions. Not only does this encourage innovation at an orchard level but it also gives growers an opportunity to implement the latest…..

Ausveg: Chopping vegetables cuts freshness expectations
The consumers’ convenience kick is affecting how shoppers perceive vegetable freshness, but proper storage still remains the best way to keep vegetables fresher for longer, according to leading vegetable industry body AUSVEG.New consumer…..

UN and South Sudan agree to boost developments in agribusiness
South Sudan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have agreed to jointly implement a project worth 500,000 USD aimed at promoting collaboration in small-scale agriculture and agro-processing, a senior government…..

Tech startup to inform investors in Africa’s agriculture sector
A start-up that aims to make it easier to invest in Africa’s agriculture sector has secured two major contracts. AGRInsight will be working with clients to deploy its online mapping tool to support agribusiness growth in East Africa.It is…..

Lucien de Wit, Luba Fresh: “India sending good quality and large volumes”
“Looking for the right price on the grape market”
There currently is plenty of grapes on the European market. “The later varieties are being harvested in South Africa. All in all, more grapes from South Africa were sent this way than was expected. Especially because red seedless grapes did not…..

New Zealand companies enter into exclusive agreement
Class 1 kiwifruit post-harvest operator, Aongatete Coolstores Ltd, and fresh produce marketing company, Pole to Pole Fresh Ltd, have today announced an exclusive marketing agreement prior to the commencement of the 2017 NZ kiwifruit season.Pole…..

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