France bans imports of cherries produced with dimethoate
French consumption of fresh produce falls while expenditure rises
The average amount spent by French households on fruit and vegetables increased by 0.9%, from €407.5 to €411.3 between 2017 and 2018. This increase is due to the average price rise of 4.6% for the 4th consecutive year, according to the Kantar report published by FranceAgriMer. By contrast, the average quantity purchased over a year has decreased from 168.3kg to 162.4kg. The price rises concern fruit the most (+5.1%), from €2.42 to €2.55/kg. "This increase is most noticeable in metropolitan areas, where average purchase prices have risen 10.4% year on year," according to the report.
Municipal direct sale points across Turkey have sold some 15,000 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables
Last February, local municipalities of several Turkish cities launched direct sale points to balance sharp growth of consumer foodstuff prices, offering agricultural products to average consumers at an affordable price. The direct sale points were established as part of the Treasury and Finance Ministry's counter- inflation campaign. The Turkish economy has been tackling high inflation for the last year. Consumer prices peaked in October and hit 25.24 percent. In February, inflation fell below the 20 percent threshold for the first time since September.
The Greenery registers fall in profits
Fruit and vegetable company The Greenery reported a net turnover of €991.9 million in 2018, which represents a slight drop from 2017’s figure of €1.003 billion. The firm’s net profit totalled €2 million in 2018, down from €12.5 million in 2017. The fall in revenues is due to the extreme summer weather and increased competition, especially in Germany. Moreover, there were some one-off benefits in 2017.
Rimi Baltic Retailer Informs on Certification Target for Corporate Brand – Tour Stop Latvia
Stronger food safety and sustainability requirements are leading to a 2020 deadline for food suppliers of corporate brand products at Rimi, one of the leading retailers in the Baltic States. Consequently, the demand for GLOBALG.A.P. farm certification will likely rise in the Baltics. And the sector is ready to take on the challenge. That was the consensus among the 160 delegates of the GLOBALG.A.P. Tour Stop conference, held at the Latvian University of Live Science and Technologies, in Jelgava near Riga on 20 March 2019.
Chile’s fruit exports rise 1.2%
Chilean fruit exports for 2018-2019 amounted to 1.54 million tons – an increase of 1.2%, according to data from ASOEX as of March 28. Shipments to Asia rose 12% to 454,000 tons, and the continent now accounts for 29.5% of total Chilean fruit exports. China is the main destination, with 351,200 tons, up 11%, followed by South Korea, with 47,600 tons, up 34%, and India, with 20,100 tons, up 18.6%.
Sofruce, ever ambitious
Sofruce, a family business headed by Grégory Cebrian, the grandson of its founder, continues to grow with a turnover of 87 million Euros in 2018.
The European “Made in Nature” project brings Italian organic Kiwifruit to Germany
Consumer dissatisfaction leads to slump in Italy’s strawberry sales
In the past five years, strawberry consumption in Italy has slumped by around 3,000 tons, due mainly to consumer dissatisfaction. According to a study by Agroter's Fruit and Vegetables Monitor, it emerges that 72% were not satisfied with the last purchase of strawberries. Of these, 27% have never found strawberries they liked. Italians feel that the taste of strawberries has deteriorated in recent years - 54% of those interviewed stated that the taste of the strawberries they bought worsened and for 9% this was definitely worse.
EU imposes stricter regulations on imported foods
The EU has tightened controls on imports of certain foods. On 8 January, the Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/35 amended Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 implementing Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin (Text with EEA relevance.)
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