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Sharp fall in Spanish citrus output in 2017-18 ­

Preliminary data for estimations of Spanish fruit and vegetable production in the first five months of 2018 show extra-early potato volumes are up 4.3%, while tomato volumes are down 6.2% compared to 2017. As for other vegetables, increased volumes have been recorded of cucumber (+20.3%), leek (+17.5%) and broccoli (+10.8%). In contrast, lower output has been registered for green peas (-17.3%), green beans (-7.8%), artichoke (-2.8%) and celery (-1.8%). The first production estimates for fruit over the same period show increases in peach (+7.1%), cherry (+4.5%) and apricot (+3.8%), with a fall recorded in plum (-11.4%). Final estimates for avocado production in 2017 indicate a 10.2% rise compared to 2016.

Source: Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

As for citrus production, estimates for the 2017-18 campaign indicate a decline in all crops,
except in grapefruit, which increased by 8.2% The biggest drop was recorded in satsuma (-26.9%), followed by clementine (-17.6%), orange (-8.7%) and lemon (-6.1%). Production of the mandarins group as a whole fell 14.8%.


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New Shanghai trade show for China’s fresh produce


Inaugural China Fruit Logistica attracted over 2,000 professionals to Shanghai.

The first China Fruit Logistica (China FL) was held on May 14-16, bringing together almost 100 exhibitors, the majority of whom came from 12 different provinces across China to showcase their products and services. A wide range of global products and solutions were also on display, with 18 different exhibiting countries taking part representing five continents. China FL created a new premium professional trade platform on a national scale for China’s fresh produce business. It took place at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing, drawing over 2,000 local and foreign visitors. Top-quality buyers, trade visitors and industry professionals from 25 provinces across China as well as international visitors from over 30 different countries travelled to Shanghai to take part in this first edition. China FL is organised by Global Produce Events (Shanghai), sponsored by China Good Agri-products Development & Service Association (CGAPA) and co-organised by Valuedshow (Shanghai) Management LLC.. CGAPA comes under the authority of China’s Ministry of Agriculture, and focuses on modernising the agriculture sector and upgrading quality standards for domestic producers and suppliers.

High-level programme

A three-track programme was offered in China FL to provide visitors with a high-quality mix of strategic insights and practical information, including a Main Stage, Expert Stage and Media Studio.  The Main Stage, China’s leading fresh produce conference event and forum, featured keynote presentations and panel discussions on hot topics and trends in China’s fresh produce business. At the Expert Stage, visitors could meet industry experts from around the world, and get practical insights regarding the best products, systems and solutions for their business. The Media Studio featured live interviews with key industry figures covering the latest trends and innovations.

Hainan Tiandiren Ecological Agriculture, best tropical fruit

Banana and pineapple are Tiandiren’s two most popular, premium-quality and widely grown fruits.  Founded in 2001, Tiandiren has been specialising in the tropical fruit industry for almost 20 years, with a planting base of over 10,000 ha. It has also developed leading varieties of other tropical fruits including pitaya, pomelo and avocado. Tiandiren’s vice-president Mr. Zhao said, “A new variety of banana is being developed with not only better flavour but also a pure and unique fragrance.” 

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Tropical Fruit Congress, the point on world and European production of mango and avocado

Tropical Fruit Congress

The Tropical Fruit Congress, held on 11th-12th May within the Macfrut fair in Rimini, was a sell-out. This first edition was dedicated to mango and avocado with speakers from across the world discussing production, trade and consumption trends. The first day focused on marketing and quality, while  the second day, coordinated by  the journalist Pierre Escodo, turned the spotlight on production.

Daniel José Bustamante Canny, president of ProHass Peru outlined how this variety is produced in Peru and other South American producing countries. “Chile is the oldest producer in South America, while Peru is the number-one exporter to European markets. Colombia is the real rising star and has been growing very fast in the past few years. It is the only country that can guarantee supply all year round.”

The Hass variety has conquered Europe and is the most cultivated in South America. According to AMAP data, in 2018 Peru expects to produce over 300 thousand tons of Hass avocado on an area of ​​almost 30,000 hectares. Chile, the second largest supplier of avocados to European markets, has an area of ​​23,500 hectares and produces 225,000 tons of Hass. In third place comes Colombia, with about 80,000 tons from 15,000 hectares. Now the sixth largest exporter to Europe, Colombia has seen exports to the continent increase by over 55% between 2016 and 2017 with a further rise of 33% forecast in 2018.

Outside South America, Europe also has a growing ​​avocado production area. Spain is now the world’s seventh highest producing country, with an area of ​​about 10,000 hectares and a yield of about 6,000 tons per hectare (12% of which is in the Canary Islands). Spanish avocado is entirely sold on the domestic market. Enrique Colilles, general manager of the Spanish company Trops, considered the situation in Europe regarding production, trade and consumption of both avocados and mangoes. “The avocado market is experiencing great growth in consumption in most EU countries, with an average annual per capita of 1 kg (2.5 kg in Scandinavia),” said Colilles. Between 2015 and 2017, European consumption recorded an annual growth of 20% and still has a lot of remaining potential. The industry is now focused on selling the fruit at the perfect degree of ripeness as the consumer is still not able to recognise when this fruit is ripe.” Italy has also started producing avocados, mainly in Sicily, with about 260 hectares on mainly abandoned or exhausted lands that have been reclaimed and converted to the production of this type of fruit.

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The high EU orange prices look set continue


Average orange prices in the EU are well above the norm. In March, they stood at €70/100 kg, – 28% above the five-year average. Spain and Portugal, in particular, recorded high prices – 141% and 143% respectively compared to the five-year average.
The outlook for Italian orange producers was not too bright at the start of the year. In January, prices suddenly slumped due to oversupply and fruit damaged by bad weather conditions. However, these setbacks did not last long and by February prices were 12% above the five-year average, and they continued increasing during March, to €90/100 kg.

SOURCE: European Commission

The weather-affected crops of the  US and Brazil  will also have an impact in the  EU , with the overall availability of oranges in 2017/18 forecast to be 7.5% lower than the previous campaign (source: USDA report). This has and will lead to prices in all of the EU’s producing Member States that are well above the five-year average.

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EU apple prices climb in March


Average apple prices in the EU climbed from their February average of €0.79/kg to €0.81 in March this year. These figures are respectively 44% and 46% higher than the five-year average for these periods. All the major EU producers recorded above-average prices. Poland was the Member State with the highest volume and lowest price and recorded a slight fall in prices in March. Its prices were 62% above average in February and 55% in March. French apples were 19% more expensive than the average in February and 20% in March. The same figures for Germany were a remarkable 104% and 120%, while in Italy they were 29% in February and 29% in March.

Late spring frosts during April and May 2017 have led to a relatively low availability of apples and high prices during this campaign and will continue to define the marketing year. The crop size in the EU is 19% lower than the five-year average and has resulted in a price increase of about 40% (although prices vary greatly among the Member States.

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A large number of international participants at Macfrut 2018


One in four exhibitors will be from abroad, exceeding the target of 1,500 buyers, with the presence of the world’s leading retail chains and European importers of tropical fruits. The result will be an increasingly international Macfrut 2018 (Rimini, 9-11 May).

Many new countries will be present, including several new entries from Africa: in addition to Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tunisia and Egypt, which have confirmed their participation again this year, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique will make their debut at Macfrut; from South and Central America there will be representatives of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia – this year’s Partner Country – and China will be present with about 20 companies.

One of the highlights will be the presence of the world’s leading distribution chains, such as Rewe (from Germany), Edeka, Spar (from Austria), Jerónimo Martins (from Portugal), Biedronka (from Poland), Carrefour Romania, Lulu Hypermarket from the UAE, and many other chains.

Finally, exhibitors will have the opportunity to interact and meet more than 1,500 global buyers through the B2B platform made available to them. Buyers, opinion leaders and decision makers will also be present, in particular from China, Eastern Europe, India and Russia. Thanks to the first edition of the Tropical Fruit Congress, Macfrut will also be attended by major importers of tropical fruits from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK and by the managers of leading distribution chains in Italy.

The support of ICE-Agenzia for promotion abroad and the internationalisation of Italian companies and the support of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Administration, aimed in particular at incoming Chinese buyers, played an essential role in the internationalisation process.

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EU agri-food trade surplus continues to grow in February

EU agrifood

While the value of EU agri-food exports dipped slightly in February 2018 to just below €10.5 billion, the decline in imports was sharper, falling to €8.7 billion. This increased the trade surplus to €1.7 billion from €1.3 billion in February 2017.

The greatest falls in monthly exports over the past year were for the US (-€60 million), South Africa (-€41 million), the UAE (-€40 million) and Switzerland (-€39 million). The greatest increases in import value over the same period were recorded for Turkey (+€63 million), Brazil (+€19 million) and Singapore (+€19 million). The sectors which saw the greatest falls in export value were vegetables (-€56 million) and vegetable oils (-€51 million). The sectors that saw the greatest growth in export value were sugar (+€60 million) and wine and vermouth (+€44 million).

The greatest decline in value over the past year was seen in agri-food imports arriving from the US, Brazil and Indonesia, while the highest growth was seen in imports from Malaysia and Tunisia. In particular, there were large falls in imports of cocoa beans and vegetables, while imports of olive oil and fatty acids increased the most.

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Interpoma 2018 heralds the first year of the Technology Award


The best innovations in technology and equipment for apple-growing and post-harvest processing can compete for a “prize package” worth 5,000 euros

Technology will be the true protagonist at Interpoma 2018, the international apple-growing trade show scheduled to take place in Bolzano from November 15–17, 2018. For the very first time, trade show organizer Fiera Bolzano, in partnership with the Science and Technology Faculty of the Free University of Bolzano and Italian horticultural science society SOI, will introduce the Interpoma Technology Award.

“The award,” explains Thomas Mur, Director of Fiera Bolzano, “aims at highlighting the technologies and equipment exhibited at the show that are the most innovative and have the greatest impact on apple-growing and crop protection techniques and the post-harvest phase. With the technical and scientific support of our partners in this initiative, we aim at rewarding the technological innovation that will improve farm profitability, apple quality, worker safety and the environmental sustainability of the production process.”

There are two award categories in the first edition: “Field”, which includes the subcategories “orchard management”, “plant protection” and “fruit harvest”; and “Post Harvest”, with three subcategories: “fruit sorting and grading”, “fruit storage” and “fruit processing”.

The Interpoma Technology Award 2018 will receive spontaneous entries submitted by the exhibitors, which will be assessed by a jury panel of nationally and internationally renowned experts and researchers. Massimo Tagliavini, president of SOI, from the Free University of Bolzano, will take part as chair of the jury panel, along with Paolo Balsari from the University of Turin, Angelo Zanella from the Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Pietro Tonutti from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Fabrizio Mazzetto from the Free University of Bolzano, and Stuart Tustin from New Zealand-based Plant and Food Research. 

Companies will be assessed and awarded prizes on the basis of the products (equipment, systems, components, devices, etc.) that they enter for the competition.

Competition entries for products (a maximum of 1 per company) must be completed in English on a special entry form available on the Interpoma website and submitted to the email address by the deadline of September 10, 2018.

The award winners will be announced during the ceremony to take place at 6 pm on November 15 at the Südtirol Lounge, inside the Interpoma pavilions. The top entry in each of the two Interpoma Technology Award 2018 categories will win a ‘prize package’ worth 5,000 euros comprising: an Interpoma award winner’s plaque; the making of a 30-second commercial video promoting the product; and an increased.

profile at Interpoma 2018 through initiatives accompanied by communication, designed to highlight and publicize the winners and their achievements.

The publicity that the companies can expect to receive for the Technology Award will include a dedicated post on Interpoma’s social media channels, from Facebook to LinkedIn, and a news article in the Interpoma newsletter.

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The 9th International Conference “Berries of Ukraine 2018: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market”

Frozen produce

Ukraine’s most important berry business event moves to Dnipro, one of the most important business, industrial and agricultural centers of Ukraine.

By tradition, the conference will be organized in a two-day format: May 24 for conference sessions and May 25 for the practical business-tour to Agrosilprom, one of the leading berry farms in the region.

The conference will have a focus on all berry crops grown in Ukraine: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red- and blackcurrants, gooseberries, rose hips, seaberries, sweet and sour cherries, honeysuckles, cornelian cherries, table grapes etc.

Among the key topics discussed at the event there will be:

  • Ukrainian berry and cherry production and price forecast for 2018.
  • Export of fresh and frozen berries. How has the focus changed?
  • Ukrainian organic berry market, development outlook, key accents.
  • Greenhouse berry production efficiency in Ukraine.
  • Berry growing technologies in Ukraine.
  • Berry processing in details.
  • Key sales channels for fresh and frozen berries in Ukraine. Domestic and export markets.
  • Collaboration with Ukrainian retail in 2018.

The business-tour will be held to Agrosilprom with the focus on:

– production of greenhouse strawberries and table grapes;

– production of field-grown redcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries;

– berry handling, packaging and marketing.

Why to attend:

– Obtain exclusive market information about real Ukrainian berry and cherry market situation and outlook, which can’t be found in the official statistics

– Meet in person largest growers of berries and cherries from Ukraine

– Meet leading processors of berries

– Excellent promotional and advertising options for representatives of each stage of the berry supply chain

Expected number of participants: 300+ delegates from 10-15 countries of the world.

Conference audience: growers and processors of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red and black currants, blueberries, table grapes, sweet and sour cherries account for more than 60% of delegates.

More information:

Mr. Ievgen Kuzin

phone: +380 (562) 321595, ext. – 341

cell: +380 96 5836323



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Morocco expects record citrus exports

citricos marruecos

This is set to be a good year for Morocco’s citrus growers, with exports at their highest levels for two decades (around 680,000 tons). This follows a 2016-2017 campaign in which exports hit 650,000 tons (out of an overall production of about 2.4 million tons). On the domestic front, producers are buoyed by the prospect of Ramadan coinciding this year with the start of the summer season.

Morocco’s Association of Citrus Producers (ASPAM) attributes the good performance firstly to renewal efforts and orchard expansion. The European Union should absorb 40% of the export, with the same share returning to the Russian market. The North American market recorded a 20% increase last season. The entry into full production of new plantations should result in a sharp increase in production over the next two years, to reach nearly 3 million tons. However, the export quota, which currently stands at 25% of total volumes produced, needs to be increased.