EU apple imports are projected to soar five-fold over the next decade, according to an EU commissioned Agricultural Outlook report. Meanwhile, a reduction in growing area combined with increasing productivity should lead to the stabilisation of production across the continent. The consumption of fresh apples should stabilise, while the consumption of processed apples is likely to drop slightly.
Spain’s Citrus Management Committee (CGC) calls on the Spanish Ministry of Public Works to take urgent steps to facilitate passage through La Jonquera and Irún, after being closed by the Civil Guard as a result of the French “Yellow Vests” protests. The CGC also demands a guaranteed safe corridor for perishable products. The successive blockades that have taken place in recent weeks on the border between Spain and France have substantially affected the vital St Nicholas period.
Giant online retailer Alibaba’s fresh produce arm, Hema, has been accused of changing the labels of its products to show a later in-stock date. After a review was carried out into the matter, the manager of the firm’s Shanghai branch was fired.