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A rise in the number of international participants at the Tropical Fruit Congress

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About 80% of initial registrants are from abroad, largely from South America. Participation of the main European importers

The number of international participants at the first European summit on avocados and mangoes at Macfrut 2018 is on the increase. At the Tropical Fruit Congress, to be held at the Rimini Expo Centre on 10-11 May, of the 150 plus registered by 20 March 80% are from abroad.

A large number of participants come from South America, which has always been a major producer of exotic fruits, so much so that it accounts for 62% of the supply of avocados in Europe (source: World Avocado Organization). Other countries participating include the Dominican Republic, Colombia – the partner country of Macfrut 2018 – Peru, Brazil and the USA, as well as a number of African countries: Cameroon, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and Zambia.

There is also great interest from Europe, where the consumption of these products has reached double digits in many EU countries (to name a few, Sweden, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain). Spain, the leading European producer of mangoes and avocados, will be widely present at the Tropical Fruit Congress with Frutas Montosa, Hortosabor, Reyes Gutierrez, Trops and Anecoop.

Many European importers have already registered for the event, including a large attendance from the Netherlands with Nature’s Pride, Liquidseal Fruit, Jaguar Fruit and Hall’s Bv; from Great Britain with Ripe Now, Grencell and The Avocado Company; from France with Thomas Nelson and Fruitrop; from Belgium with Special Fruit.

Last but not least, about 15 international newspaper journalists have been accredited.

Moreover, all congress participants will be provided with a Yearbook that includes data on mango and avocado production and consumption, with a special section dedicated to the key players in the supply chain.

Info. The event is open to a limited number of participants (up to 300 professionals). The registration fee is 100 Euros. To register, please go to www.tropicalfruitcongress.com.

The Tropical Fruit Congress is organised by Cesena Fiera. The sponsors of the event are AgroFresh, Aweta, Bertuzzi Food Processing, Cold Energy, Felix Instruments, Frunet, Ghelfi, Graziani, Mc Garlet, Nespak, Reyes Gutierrez, Sermac, Spreafico, Tr Turoni, Turatti and World Avocado Organization.

 

 

 

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Macfrut 2018, an international convention on the European peach and nectarine market

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European producers, emerging Mediterranean countries and large-scale retailers will meet to discuss one of the top fruit and vegetable products of the summer

With its production of peaches and nectarines of approximately 1,360,000 tonnes, Italy is now a leading European producer in the sector along with Spain. Consequently, a convention on peaches and nectarines will be held on the occasion of the 35th edition of Macfrut, to be held in Rimini from 9 to 11 May, promoted by the Macfrut trade fair and CSO Italy. On 9 May, the opening day of Macfrut, the European production forecasts for 2018 will be presented at a meeting with experts in the sector from leading producer countries in Europe – first and foremost Italy, Spain and Greece – and from emerging countries in the Mediterranean basin, with the participation of European large-scale retailers.

According to the data collected by CSO Italy, if we take a look at European production from 2000 to the present day, especially in the years marked by major crises in the industry, such as in the 2004-2005 period, it is evident that the production of peaches, clingstone peaches and nectarines in Europe had reached 4 million tonnes. Later, the European supply averaged around 3.6 million tonnes, with lows of 3.4 million tonnes, such as in 2016. As far as the Italian supply is concerned, the production of peaches for fresh consumption was +10% compared to 2016, at approximately 590,000 tonnes, whereas clingstone peaches showed +24% at almost 85,000 tonnes and +5% was recorded for nectarines at about 690,000 tonnes. Following the trend of the other major producing countries in Europe, production in Spain increased by 9%, France showed +3%, whereas Greece recorded a high percentage increase of +53% compared to its particularly poor production in 2016. In all major European countries, the expected supply for 2017 exceeded the previous year’s production by 16%.

This year, for the first time since 2007, the production of peaches, nectarines and clingstone peaches reached 3.9 million tonnes, of which peaches and nectarines alone were equal to 3 million tonnes against 2.9 million tonnes in previous years. Spain played a major role in this rise: after producing a maximum capacity of about 1.2 million tonnes, it is now capable of producing 1.5 million tonnes. In fact, this significant increase is continuing, especially for doughnut peaches, which account for 50% of total production in Spain. By contrast, in Italy the supply has dropped from 1.7 million tonnes to about 1.3 million tonnes due to the widespread removal of plants over the years, mainly in northern regions.

This is the issue at the heart of the recent peach crisis that has affected all of Europe.

Along with the increase in production in Europe, which leads to an imbalance between supply and demand, in the years when production is approaching its full potential, other factors are contributing to the crisis in this market: major unbundling of supply, high production costs, new competitors entering the market, competitive new products on the market and the ongoing Russian embargo. Last but not least, the economic problems linked to climate change, which for products such as peaches and nectarines – not intended to have a long shelf life – can significantly affect market trends.

All these themes will be discussed at the convention to be held at the Macfrut event, which will focus on current production trends in 2018. The availability of forecast data prior to harvesting is essential to peach production so that any necessary corrective measures can then be implemented.

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Damage to Andalusia’s citrus crop in recent weeks

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The drop in temperatures in recent days together with strong winds, rainfall and hail has damaged the Andalusian citrus crop. Average citrus prices remained constant in Week 11 of 2018, except for lemon, which increased in value by 6%.

In Week 11 of 2018, average citrus prices at the handling plant increased slightly from the previous week. Orange increased by 6% in value, while lemon and tangerine prices rose by 2.5% and 1%, respectively. Given the decrease in product availability in recent weeks and the reduction in quantities of stored fruit in the handling and packaging centres, average prices are expected to increase in the coming weeks.