Japan imported approximately 1.6 million tons of fresh fruit in 2017, worth US$ 2.14 billion. The leading exporters to Japan in value terms were the Philippines (37.7%), followed by the US (16.8%), New Zealand (14.4%), and Mexico (12.6%). The main fruits imported to Japan were banana (39.8%), followed by kiwi (14.7%), avocado (9.6%) and pineapple (5.9%). Japan’s domestic production of fresh fruit is declining as a result of its aging fruit farmers. The Philippines is the dominant supplier of both banana (80%) and pineapple (90%) to Japan.
The Philippines remains Japan’s main source of fresh fruit
Chinese potato production to fall 3% in 2018/19
The world’s largest potato producer, China, is seeing its farmers shift to corn as a result of low potato prices. Accounting for around 25% of global fresh potato production, China’s 2018/19 fresh potato production is expected to drop 3% to 94 million tons. Meanwhile, processed potatoes and frozen french fry (FFF) production will jump 15% to 290,000 tons, due to added FFF processing capacity. China’s FFF imports are expected to fall 10% to 115,000 tons as a result of the additional tariffs placed on US exports to China, reduced European supply, and growing domestic FFF production.
Kenyan fruit to gain access to Chinese market
An agreement is to be signed between Kenya and China that will allow the African country to export avocados, mangoes, cashew nuts and other products to the Asian market. The president of Kenya will head a delegation of farmers and horticultural merchants to China in November for the 1st Shanghai Import Expo. This phytosanitary agreement will allow over 40% of Kenya's fresh produce to be exported.
China imposes 25% tariff on US berries and vegetables
On July 11, 2018, the US Government imposed tariffs on a further US$200 billion of goods imported from China, and solicited public opinions on the measures. On August 2, the US announced an increase in the tariff rate imposed on these goods from 10% to 25%. The measures have deviated from the consensus of multiple consultations between the two sides and seriously violate relevant rules of the WTO. In response, China’s State Council Tariff Committee decided to impose tariffs on 5,207 items imported from the US. The measure involves approximately $60 billion of imports from the US.
Supafresh imports 1,000 containers a year
Established in 2009, Supafresh is Chinese importer, wholesaler and retailer of fresh fruit, whose flagship products are avocados and coconuts. In 2012, Supafresh became a pioneer in importing avocado, contributing to the explosive growth of avocado consumption in China. Importing around 1,000 forty-foot containers yearly, Supafresh has national distribution strategies with cold storage, repacking and ripening facilities set up in several cities across China.
SanLucar opens office in Dubai
Higher customer proximity and increased presence in the Arab Gulf States
SanLucar, premium brand for fruit and vegetables, reinforces its commitment in the Arab Gulf States and the Middle East with an office in Dubai. “We are closer to our customers and can therefore respond to their needs even faster and more directly,” says the head of the new office Bilal Issa.
Origine Group: 1st container of Sweeki kiwis from Chile arrived in China
The first container of Sweeki branded kiwis arrived from Chile in the port of Shenzhen, South-West China. The container, directed to the Chinese clients, is the first of the shipment plan of Origine Group for the Asian markets, that will continue for several weeks.
“Sweeki kiwis – says Origine Group general manager, Alessandro Zampagna - will reach the markets of different Asian countries, where they will be sold until October, both loose and in clamshells, in small shops and supermarkets”.
Trading price of apple futures in Zhenzhou rockets
Trading has soared in apple futures since they were launched in December 2017 on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange in December. In a single day alone (15th May), 4.6 million contracts were exchanged, representing 46 million tons of apples, or, to put it another way, China’s entire annual production or about half the world’s annual crop. This activity seems absurd yet strongly reminiscent of what happened to trading in imported iron ore in March 2016, when prices rocketed 26% in a day.
Asia drives continued rise in global demand for pineapple
Worldwide demand for pineapples continued to increase between 2009 and 2016 and is the fastest growing fruit for the UK’s largest retailer, Tesco. According to market researcher IndexBox, the international wholesale market for the tropical fruit reached US$14.9 billion in 2016. Since 2009, the pineapple market has seen an average annual growth of 3.3%, although in 2017, this growth slowed somewhat.
Food firms join forces with retailers in China to set up Fresh Assemble
Walmart and JD.com have joined forces with seven major food suppliers in China to expand Walmart’s home delivery service in the country with the addition of 100 new products. The venture is called Fresh Assemble and will feature contributions from Goodfarmer, Tyson, Sunner, Blue Snow, Jinlongyu, Dole and Yili, Customers living within three kilometres of Walmart retail outlets across China can choose from 450 different items to order products for home delivery via the JD Daojia platform.