The head of a Belgian fruit importer says lemon prices in the European market fell dramatically in late August and early September, and believes importers were largely responsible for the sudden decline.
Peter Maes, who owns Brussels-based Zeghers, said prices fell from around €30 per 15-kilo-equivalent box to half that level over a period of two weeks.
He said this was mainly because some Dutch importers were concerned at the volumes still being shipped to the market from Southern Hemisphere suppliers as the season for some Northern Hemisphere countries was beginning.
“We had a very beautiful season with Spain from January until the end of May, but then in May there were not enough lemons for the market, so the prices went up,” he told www.freshfruitportal.com.
But as opposed to flooding to market to take advantage of the high prices, Maes said South Africa, Argentina and Chile ‘played the game quite well’ by sending limited volumes over much of the summer to avoid putting pressure on the market.
Russia has dropped its ban of various key Turkish produce items, almost a year after the restrictions were put in place due to a military jet being shot down by the Mediterranean country.
The ban was implemented in January this year, and applied to produce items including tomatoes, oranges, grapes, plums, peaches, apricots and strawberries.
In a posting on the Russian Government’s website, a document said imports for many of these had now been authorized.
“The signed decree excluded from the list: fresh or dried oranges, fresh or dried tangerines (including Tangiers and satsuma), clementines, wilkings and similar citrus Hebrides, fresh apricots, fresh peaches, including nectarines, fresh plums and blackthorns,” the document says.
The development comes just a day after Turkey and Russia struck a historic pipeline deal on Oct. 10 to carry natural gas beneath the Black Sea before it reaches Europe.
Un tiers des adultes au Royaume-Uni mangent au moins cinq fruits et légumes par jour, en faisant le champion européen, tandis qu'en Roumanie et en Bulgarie plus de la moitié de la population s'en passe quotidiennement, selon Eurostat.
New Zealand single-desk kiwifruit marketer Zespri is expecting far greater year-on-year volumes of its SunGold variety from Italy this year, according to website Stuff.co.nz.
Production is reportedly forecast to come in at 18,500 metric tons (MT), compared to the 8,000MT grown in 2015.
Around 36,000MT of the Hayward variety are also expected to be produced.
The story said that although the relatively new SunGold variety could be harder work for growers, the prices made it an attractive option. Last season some earned up to US$1.80 a kilogram for the best quality, compared to US$0.30-40 for green.
SunGold – also known as G3 – was commercialized in 2010 and hastened into production after the Psa disease devastated its predecessor, Hort16a. Zespri owns plant rights to the new SunGold for at least another 20 years.
About 40% of the company’s 500 contracted Italian growers are in the Lazio region, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Zespri’s head of global supply for Europe, Craig Thompson, was quoted as saying Italy was “an ongoing growth story”, and that fruit sizing and volumes looked “promising” this year.
Behind China and New Zealand, Italy is the third largest producer in the world with 570,000MT, with Zespri accounting for 6% of that tonnage.
At present there are 850 hectares of SunGold in production in Italy, with another 1200 recently planted, according to the story.
C'était un événement attendu depuis 2001, année de la création de la Wapa (association mondiale des producteurs de pommes et de poires): la Chine, le plus grand producteur de pommes au monde, a enfin intégré l'association. C'était le 2 septembre dernier à Xian. Pour Daniel Sauvaitre, actuel président de la Wapa, c'est une véritable victoire.
"Une association mondiale des producteurs de pommes sans le principal pays producteur, cela n'était pas une bonne chose!"
Les prévisions de récoltes menées par Wapa seront encore plus fines, plus pertinentes.
"Le gouvernement chinois nous annonçait chaque année des estimations de récolte. Mais le fait d'être désormais en relation avec les opérateurs est bien plus efficace et plus précis."
En Chine, si les surfaces sont énormes (2,3 millions d'hectares) et la production importante (38 millions de tonnes), les coopératives de producteurs peu répandues et les variétés de pommes peu nombreuses (la Fuji représente presque 73% de la production). À noter : même si la Chine est le plus gros producteur de pommes, c'est également un très gros importateur. "En partageant de l'information au sein de la Wapa, la Chine va développer ses exportations, mais également ses importations."
L'arrivé de la Chine au sein de Wapa sera sans doute le fait marquant du mandat de Daniel Sauvaitre à la tête de l'organisation.
In the wake of a series of completed and potential merges of major seed companies around the world, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has urged authorities to ensure industry competition is not stifled.
Last week, U.S.-based Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) accepted a US$66 billion takeover offer by German multinational Bayer, and late last year DuPont (NYSE:DD) and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) agreed to a merger.
Meanwhile, ChemChina is on track to takeover Swiss agribusiness group Syngenta for US$43 billion after the deal was given the go-ahead by a U.S. regulator.
“Because of the seed industry’s past, present and future research and development investments, America’s farmers have access to a better quality and larger variety of seed products than ever before,” ASTA president and CEO Andrew W. LaVigne said.
“Plant breeders and companies have strived to continually improve the quality and performance of their products for America’s farmers, gardeners and consumers.
“In bringing those new varieties to the market, seed companies spend significant resources to research, develop, and commercialize varieties at a significant cost and investment. This is a commitment that will continue into the future.”
Citrus, grapes and persimmons were among the worst hit crops from a hailstorm that hit Spain over the weekend, according to the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA).
In a release, the organization said around 4,000 hectares of crops were damaged by the weather event, translating to around €10 million (US$11.27 million) in losses for growers.
AVA-ASAJA said grapes, citrus, persimmons and rice crops were in an advanced state of ripening when the hailstorm hit, with some farmers even in the harvest period.
For this reason, the group said the event occurred during an “especially delicate” time for the development of campaigns for affected farmers.
The worsthit areas were between the regions of Tavernes de la Valldigna, Cullera, Favara and Llaurí, with an estimated €6 million (US$6.76 million) in losses and 2,500 hectares hit by hail stones, especially in citrus where experts observed damage to the trees, heavy defoliation and fruit falling to the ground.
In persimmons, the fruit has a more sensitive and soft skin so events like this can lead to physical imperfections.
The Utiel-Requena plain was also particularly badly hit by hailstorms with some stones reaching the size of tennis balls. Growers in the area were in the middle of their grape harvest, leading AVA-ASAJA to estimate damages of €2 million (US$2.25 million) over an area of 800 hectares.
Swiss multinational Syngenta (VTX: SYNN) and Netherlands-headquartered breeding company Rijk Zwaan have signed an extensive cross-license agreement on native traits in vegetables.
Under the agreement, the parties provide each other the right to use biological material that falls under the scope of their patents for both breeding and commercial purposes in vegetables.
Rijk Zwaan said the deal increased the possibilities for both companies to develop new and improved vegetable varieties by making use of each other’s innovations. A full breeders’ exemption has been established between the parties for such patents.
The agreement comes as the direct result of dialogues that led to the foundation of the International Licensing Platform (ILP), of which both companies are founding members.
The ILP makes vegetable-related innovations widely available to breeders by an open access approach that offers members access to patents on native traits under ‘fair and reasonable conditions’.
“Securing continuous access to breeding material and novel traits is one of our main priorities. It forms the foundation from which to create novel, innovative varieties with strong benefits for both growers and consumers,” Syngenta head of vegetables David Morgan said in a release.
“This license deal with Rijk Zwaan brings together two innovation pipelines to allow faster delivery of novel vegetable varieties to the market. Syngenta believes that beneficial traits and technologies should be accessible to plant breeders around the world. In this respect the company has also launched its own e-licensing platform.
Pour la 2ème année consécutive, Zespri met en place une grande campagne d’affichage nationale du 25 au 31 août 2016. Plus de 3 900 panneaux d’affichage de 8m2 et 12m2 positionnés à proximité immédiate des hypermarchés et supermarchés seront habillés aux couleurs de Zespri. Un dispositif national et des emplacements choisis pour susciter le réflexe kiwi chez les consommateurs. Goût, Plaisir, Vitaminé, Doux,… c’est par les mots et la couleur que Zespri a choisi de mettre en avant ses deux variétés, le Zespri Green et le Zespri SunGold dans un nouveau visuel toujours signé « Zespri, le goût du kiwi ».
Dans le cadre du 11ème Salon International de l’Agriculture au Maroc de Meknès, le réseau Arbomed (réseau des producteurs de fruits et légumes en Méditerranée) a organisé un colloque sur le thème : « Un observatoire de la production et des marchés, une clé pour renforcer les filières stratégiques des fruits et légumes en Méditerranée ».
Porté par les associations Ferti et AREFLH, Arbomed regroupe les acteurs de la filière arboricole de 7 pays du pourtour de la Méditerranée : Albanie, Algérie, Espagne, France, Italie, Maroc, Tunisie. Le réseau vise à renforcer le dialogue entre ces acteurs, en favorisant les échanges d’expériences et de bonnes pratiques. Organisé en collaboration avec le Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la pêche maritime du Maroc, la FéDAM et le CIHEAM, ce colloque avait donc pour objectif d’élargir la réflexion sur le renforcement des filières arboricoles de la Méditerranée, notamment à travers l’observatoire mis en place dans le réseau Arbomed. Trois temps forts ont rythmé cet événement : « l’arboriculture, une filière stratégique pour le développement agricole et rural en Méditerranée », « Quels types de partenariats et quels modes de concertation pour répondre aux enjeux de la filière ? » et la table ronde : « Une concertation méditerranéenne au service des stratégies nationales ».
The Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Growers’ Co-operatives (VOG) is looking back to the previous season for context ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, with a better quality apple crop in store which bodes well for shelf life.
In a release, the group said it expected Poland’s bumper crop would once again be a critical factor putting the squeeze on prices, while the financial crisis has also hit major importing countries in North Africa.
However, on a more positive note the euro-dollar exchange rate may encourage exports to markets around the Mediterranean Sea and further afield.
VOG Consortium director Gerhard Dichgans In recent years these countries have become strategic markets for Alto Adige apple distributors, which are expected to grow in excess of one million metric tons (MT) this year.
There is set to be a slight rise in Gala, Red and Braeburn varieties while Golden Delicious will be stable, Granny Smith volume will be down by six percentage points and Fuji production will be 14% lower.
“The demand for fresh apples at the start of the season is high. Following a season that, for various reasons, failed to come up to the expectations of consumers and customers,” said VOG Consortium director Gerhard Dichgans.
“This year, thanks to the excellent quality of fruit, I am confidently expecting a much brighter start to the season,” he said.
Russia’s food safety watchdog has destroyed 7,282 metric tons (MT) worth of banned foodstuffs under its countersanctions since the August 6, 2015, TASS reported.
The world’s largest country has prohibited imports of a wide range of foods – including fresh produce – from the EU, Norway, the U.S., Canada, Australia and a string of European countries since August, 2014 in response to the Ukraine situation.
Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) spokeswoman Yulia Melano told the publication more than 2,700 metric tons (MT) were destroyed in the Bryansk and Smolensk regions near the border with Belarus.
Almost 1,900MT were destroyed in the oblasts of Tver and the Pskov, while other regions that registered high banned import destruction rates included Rostov, Volgograd and Kalmykia, the story reported.
The leading products were apples, pears, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, strawberries, oranges, nectarines and grapes, the story reported.
On ne le répétera jamais assez : il est conseillé de manger 5 fruits et légumes par jour ! Mais dans la réalité, où en est-on ? D’après les résultats d’une enquête publiée par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne, à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de l’alimentation, un Européen sur 7 de 15 ans et plus mange effectivement ses 5 portions quotidiennes de fruits et légumes. Mais ce résultat cache une grande disparité entre les états membres : d’un tiers au Royaume-Uni (33,1%) à moins de 5% en Roumanie (3,5%) ainsi qu'en Bulgarie (4,4%). Avec une proportion de 14,9 %, les Français sont certes dans la moyenne, mais loin de faire partie des meilleurs élèves !
Polish consumers and businesses can now support Fairtrade farmers through their purchasing choices, as the organization is officially established the Eastern European country.
Fairtrade Poland is joins 28 other Fairtrade organizations across that world, after the launch at the country’s largest organic event, Natura Food Fair.
“We’re really excited about the possibilities offered by officially joining the Fairtrade system,” Fairtrade Poland management board chair Andrzej Żwawa said.
“The launch during the Natura Food Fair demonstrates our strong ties to the organic movement, and to the pioneering organic businesses who were the first to introduce Fairtrade products to the Polish market.”
The largest of the new European Union member states, Poland has a growing economy and a rising interest in ethical consumerism.
Fairtrade products are already on sale in many Polish stores. Coffee is the most popular Fairtrade product, accounting for more than 70% of all sales.
PKN Orlen, a national gas station chain, now sells Fairtrade coffee in more than 1,400 of its Stop Cafe outlets, making it the biggest driver of Poland’s Fairtrade sales to date.
The Fairtrade Poland team has ambitions to expand the product range further, including introducing Fairtrade bananas next year.
Spain’s Citrus Management Committee (CGC) expects this season’s volume will be similar to the 2014-15 campaign at 7.088 million metric tons (MT), but a historic low level of rainfall means sizing and the amount of fruit that can be sold in the fresh market will be affected.
In a release, the group said the tonnage to be sold fresh will be slightly lower than the estimates due to three main factors – drought, a reduction in tree thinning and a wide margin over last season for raising the volume destined for juicing.
The latter is expected to take some congestion out of the fresh citrus market.
On a more positive note, the CGC said oranges and mandarins would be of “exceptional quality” in light of sampling studies undertaken by the Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research (IVIA) and inspection organization Soivre to assess acidity and sugar levels.
The research has shown high juice content in the fruit.
The CGC represents growers in Valencia, Andalusia and Murcia, and in the release the organization noted the Catalonian industry was absent from the assessment due to budgetary constraints.
La Banque islamique de développement (BID) salue les avancées du Maroc en matière d’agriculture. L’établissement financier se montre satisfait des efforts déployés par le ministère de l’agriculture et de la pêche maritime dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du Plan Maroc Vert. L’accent a particulièrement été porté sur la filière oléicole. C’est ce qui a été exprimé en marge d’un atelier de travail organisé récemment par la Banque islamique de développement et l’Agence pour le développement agricole (ADA). Cette rencontre a permis d’examiner l’état d’avancement du programme de développement de la filière oléicole. Ledit programme connaît une forte adhésion de la Banque islamique de développement. L’établissement y contribue par un prêt de l’ordre de 790 millions de dirhams. Se référant à la BID, ce programme oléicole «reflète concrètement l’engagement du ministère de l’agriculture et de la pêche maritime pour mener à bien l’aboutissement de ce programme». Tenant compte du progrès mesuré, la Banque islamique de développement a réitéré sa volonté de continuer à appuyer lesdits efforts consentis dans le secteur agricole national.
Depuis une trentaine d’années et notamment l’entrée de l’Espagne dans l’UE (1986), on peut constater l’importance croissante des fruits à noyau, et en particulier de la pêche-nectarine, dans la production fruitière espagnole, qui exerce une pression concurrentielle ressentie par les producteurs français. La pêche-nectarine est aujourd’hui de loin la plus importante production de fruits à noyau en Espagne. La superficie actuelle des plantations de pêchers et nectariniers se distingue en effet par une progression de plus de 30 % par rapport à son niveau d’il y a trente ans. En France,la pêche-nectarine constitue la deuxième production fruitière derrière la pomme, mais à l'inverse de l'Espagne, le verger français conserve une orientation à la baisse. C'est dans ce contexte que les producteurs français ont souhaité obtenir une meilleure connaissance des caractéristiques de l’évolution du verger espagnol.
Cette étude a fait l'objet d'une présentation lors de la "Matinée études fruits et légumes" du 21 septembre 2016 à FranceAgriMer.
Greece has seen a notable rise in kiwifruit exports in recent years, and with it increased requests for the types of gold varieties that have yielded such strong premiums in the markets of Asia and the Middle East.
But it’s no dice for the moment, at least for growers in the country’s northeastern region of Kavala where a consortium of growers is almost one year in with the EU-backed campaign ‘European Premium Kiwi’.
The program, also supported by the Greek Government and four growers and cooperatives Nespar, Nestos, Goustera and Alkyon, has been underway in Canada with a range of initiatives this past year and officially launched in China during Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong this month.
“We have in-store advertising in Canada, billboard advertising, cocktail events, and we’re going to do the same here and in Dubai,” European Premium Kiwi spokesperson Anta Tsaira told www.freshfruitportal.com during the trade fair.
“It’s going to continue in October with in-store promotion,” she said, adding the campaign would mostly take place in Hong Kong and southern China.
“We are also launching On Sept. 29 in Dubai with similar activities. We are going to WOP Dubai in November, and we are doing in-store promotions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.”
Nespar agronomist Konstantinos Maragkozis said his company started exporting to China last season with 20 containers sent to Shanghai and Guangzhou.
“You need permission to export to China; it is not so easy, not all companies can export to China,” he said.
“It’s a very good market, very demanding for quality, but they can pay for what they ask. For that reason it is a very interesting market for us.
“We are sure that season by season we’re going to increase the containers.”
Keeping out Psa
Gold kiwifruit varieties are particularly popular in China, but as long as Greece is free of Psa disease it is unlikely growers will veer away from the standard green Hayward cultivar.
Russia’s recently enacted prohibition of Egyptian fruit and vegetable imports looks set to be short-lived, with authorities telling local press outlets yesterday the ban would be lifted within three to five days.
A source at the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) told TASS the decision would cover all produce items except potatoes, in a deal that was agreed upon during talks held on Monday.
The story reported a Russian delegation would visit Egypt in October or November to evaluate phytosanitary measures for potato exports.
The ban only came into place on Sept. 22 with Russian officials claiming phytosanitary concerns were behind the call, however it is widely speculated the measures came in response to a now defunct proposal from Egypt to tighten regulations on Russian wheat imports.
The story reported 47 cases this year where Egyptian plant products were intercepted by Russia with disease-related issues.
Malgré une légère baisse de 3% par rapport à 2015, la production européenne de pommes, estimée à 12 millions de tonnes, reste relativement stable par rapport à la moyenne 2013-2015 (+1%). Lors de la dernière matinée technique pommes au CEHM de Marsillargues, Claude Tronel a ainsi commenté les dernières estimations de récoltes dévoilées lors du congrès Prognosfruit qui se déroulait début août à Hambourg (Allemagne):
Sigfrido Molina of Sigfrido Fruit is cautious about harvest forecasts for avocados, but is upbeat on pricing ahead of the season in October.
Speaking with www.freshfruitportal.com, he emphasizes that unlike some avocado-growing nations, Spain’s three production provinces of Málaga, Granada and Cádiz in Andalusia have just one bloom each year, which means climatic factors can be decisive.
“The current context is that we’ve had different ups and downs in temperature in the flowering period with some rain, and unfortunately the fruit set was irregular in its moment,” he says.
“Right now, we are experiencing 36-38°C (96.8-100.4°F) days, and we have reached 40°C (104°F) during some days in the month of July.
“We have just one bloom, and if that bloom is lost the campaign is lost.”
Sigfrido Molina Growers in the region made it through the bloom, but now they must gear up for winds that have the potential to knock fruit out of trees.
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