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EU allocates extra funds to promote fruit and vegetable consumption

EU allocates extra funds to promote fruit and vegetable consumption © MERCABARNA

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Spain’s exporters’ association FEPEX has announced it is pleased with the significant increase in the EU budget for promoting the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables for a balanced diet, with the funds set aside rising from €8 million in the previous round to €19.1 million this time. The Commission has increased from €8 million to €10 million the budget for financing multiple programmes aimed at increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, while also allocating €9.1 million to the co-financing of simple programmes with the same objective. 

The programmes will have a duration of between 1 and 3 years and will begin implementation in 2022.

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Fruit Attraction 2017 brims with new features

Fruit Attraction has strategic importance as a major platform and international meeting point for fresh produce operators.

Fruit Attraction is planning a 2017 edition packed with new features and more than 1,500 companies.

Organised by IFEMA and FEPEX, this year the annual trade fair will take place October 18-20, once again in Madrid.

More than 1,500 companies from the full fruit and vegetable sector value chain are expected to take part – 20% more than the extremely successful 2016 event.

One factor that has made this one of the sector’s main international events is the fact it takes place in October, a key time for fruit and vegetable suppliers and buyers to sign agreements.

Southern Europe is becoming firmly established as an important, expanding hub for the global fruit and vegetable trade, and a gateway to Europe from Latin America. This gives Fruit Attraction strategic importance as a major platform and international meeting point for fresh produce operators.

The organisers of this trade show have worked hard to put a strategic roadmap in place that will allow them to continue offering international markets a highly efficient marketing tool in years to come, which is why the 2017 edition will be packed with new features.

Highlights of new features in 2017

The coming edition of Fruit Attraction will provide more resources by inviting the largest possible number of buyers, importers and traders from countries that have been performing well in recent years in terms of their fresh produce imports from the EU.

This year, for the first time, it is organising the guest buyer market initiative, featuring Brazil and China, and will carry out activities to encourage growth and development of trade relations among the main agents in these markets, attracting leading buyers, operators, importers and retailers from both nations.

The Nuts Hub: a new area devoted to nuts, a strategic sector given the value of Spanish production and its high quality in comparison to other producer countries.

Lanzadera programme: As part of Fruit Attraction’s mission to contribute to the sector, it has created the Lanzadera programme, a new “ready2exhibit” exhibition space, consisting of six-square metre-exhibition spaces at a very competitive price. The idea is to draw attention to new sector companies that have been created within the last two years, with a view to encouraging entrepreneurship, new fruit and vegetable companies and young entrepreneurs. This section includes a €12,000 prize for the best project at the exhibition.

Fresh’n’Star: This new programme encompasses the entire directory of participating companies, seminars and a product exhibition featuring the two stars of the show, which will be lettuces and pomegranates.

Smart Agro: A spacious new exhibition area designed to drive digital transformation and technological innovation in all the links in the agro-food chain; production, transformation, distribution and marketing, as well as R&D+i activities in the fruit and vegetable sector, to achieve more efficient production, with higher levels of quality and control and lower environmental impact. A space brimming with innovation and knowledge with talks and some very practical workshops.

In the same way, as in earlier editions, Fruit Attraction is boosting the organic hub area for organic fruit and vegetables, demand for which is growing in the international market.

As well as these, the Trade Fair will have its traditional areas – Pasarela Innova and Foro Innova – for presenting the latest new products, varieties and brands that exhibitor companies are offering to the fruit and vegetable market for the first time. The sector’s great festival will once again feature Fruit Fusion, the gastronomy area of Fruit Attraction, with attractive demonstrations and showcooking.

Once again, 200 technical seminars and activities will make these three days a knowledge centre for the sector, with an extensive programme covering a wide range of topics and high level participants and speakers. One of these is the 6th International Postharvest Unlimited Conference, which will take place as part of Fruit Attraction from October 17-20.

All in all, as well as being an essential tool for positioning products in the international produce market, the International Trade Show for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry is a place for innovation and for presenting varieties and references to the world.

Fruit Attraction 2017, organised by IFEMA and FEPEX, will take place from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Halls 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 at the IFEMA venue FERIA DE MADRID.
For more information: IFEMA 

 

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Uplift in Spain’s fruit, veg imports

There was striking growth of 52% in Spain's avocado imports, to 79,805 tons, with a corresponding rise in value of 62% to €161 million.

Spain’s imports of fresh fruit and vegetables rose 15% in volume, to 2.3 million tons, and 22% in value, to €1.93 billion, from January to October compared to the same period the previous year.

Government data processed by Fepex also shows the highest growth occurred in fruit imports, which rose 21% in volume and 23% in value, to 1.3 million tons and €1.35 billion respectively.

Spain’s banana imports for the first ten months of 2016 were up 28% year on year to 235,079 tons, apples up 19% to 187,754 tons and oranges up 30% to 161,300 tons.

There was striking growth of 52% in its avocado imports, to 79,805 tons, with a corresponding rise in value of 62% to €161 million.

Spain’s vegetable imports for the year to the end of October had grown by 7.6% in volume and 19% in value to 1 million tons and €581 million.

Standing out were potatoes with 28% growth in volume to 549,387 tons and onions with a 104% upswing to 61,866 tons.

Source: Fepex

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Spanish fresh produce exports higher this August

Compared to August last year, Spain’s exports of fresh fruit and vegetables this August were 11.7% higher in volume and 12% in value, totalling 768,993 tons and €665.6 million, according to Customs data analysed by Fepex.

Spain’s exports of fresh fruit and vegetables in the first eight months of this year were down 4.1% in volume but up 4.4% in value on the same period last year.

In total, the country exported 8.3 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables over January-August for a value of just under €8.54 billion.

Vegetable exports increased 3.5% in volume to 3.6 million tons and and 5.6% in value to nearly €3.5 billion.

Fruit exports were down 9.2% in volume, to 4.7 million tons, but rose 3.6% in value to just over €5 billion.

Veg, stone fruit drove recovery in August

Compared to August last year, Spain’s exports of fresh fruit and vegetables this August were 11.7% higher in volume and 12% in value, totalling 768,993 tons and €665.6 million, according to Customs data analysed by Fepex.

Exports of vegetables in August this year were up 24.3% in volume, to 185,214 tons, and 26% in value to €174.4 million.

Fepex highlighted growth in the export volumes for the following produce lines:

  • lettuce +174% to 25.093 tons,
  • tomato +13% to 24,683 tons,
  • potatoes +38% to 20,399 tons

Onions saw the highest volume in exports in August but the total came in at 37,984 tons, a drop of 12.8% on the previous August.

More melon exports, too

Spain’s fruit exports in August were up 8.3% in volume and 7.8% in value, at 583,779 tons for a value of €491.2 million.

Stone fruit stood out in particular:

  • peaches +26% to 103,027 tons,
  • nectarines +2% to 99,295 tons,
  • plums +13% to 19,139 tons,
  • apricots +102% to 13,728 tons.

Also noteworthy was the 10% growth in the volume of watermelon exported, to 127,724 tons, and of 11.4% in the case of other kinds of melon, to 92,658 tons.

Source: Fepex

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Strong growth in Spain’s berry exports

Despite an 8.7% decrease in the planted area, production in Huelva – Spain’s leading region for berry production and exports – totalled 294,650 tons last season, up 2% on 2014/15, with sales rising 8% to €395.15 million, according to Freshuelva, the association representing Huelva’s strawberry growers and exporters.

Compared to the same period last year, Spanish export volumes for the the first seven months of this year are up 27% in the case of blueberries and 22% in the case of raspberries.

Analysis of Customs’ export data by Fepex, the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruits, vegetables, flowers and live plants, shows that for January to July 2016:

  • Strawberry exports stood at 305,066 tons, up 14% on the same period in 2015, and worth €223 million (+34%),
  • Blueberry exports totalled 33,718 tons (+27%) for a value of €248.5 million (+31%),
  • Raspberry exports came in at 27,751 tons (+22%) for a value of €224 million (+34%),
  • Blackberry exports fell 2% to 1,956 tons but with the sales value up 15% to €13.4 million.

Huelva’s berry sales rose 8% in 2015/16

Despite an 8.7% decrease in the planted area, production in Huelva – Spain’s leading region for berry production and exports – totalled 294,650 tons last season, up 2% on 2014/15, with sales rising 8% to €395.15 million, according to Freshuelva, the association representing Huelva’s strawberry growers and exporters.

Source: http://www.fepex.es/news/detail/_continua-evolucion-positiva-frutos-rojos-huelva-organiza-tercer-congreso_en-gb

 

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EU fruit and vegetable imports rise 12%

Fepex says the strong growth in the value of EU fruit and vegetable imports reflects the ease of access to the EU compared to other markets, and the strong competition EU producers face from non-EU producers.

EU imports of fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries totalled €11.7 billion for January-October 2015 – 12% higher than over the same period in 2014.

In volume, the growth was a more modest 2%, to 11.6 million tons, according to the latest Eurostat as processed by Fepex, the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruit, vegetables, flowers and live plants.

Fepex said the strong growth in the value of imports reflects the ease of access to the EU market compared to other markets, and the strong competition EU producers face from non-EU producers.

EU fruit imports

EU imports of fruit from non-EU countries were up 11% in value to €9.83 billion while the growth in volume was just 2%, to 9.9 million tons Fepex said.

It highlighted growth of 19% in fruit imports from South Africa, to €1.39 billion. Citrus, grapes, pears and apples are the main fruits imported from this country.

Fepex said also worth noting were that:

  • EU fruit imports from Chile were up 13% to €816.5 million,
  • Those from Turkey rose 10% to €636.2 million.

In the case of traditional EU fruit suppliers (especially for bananas), Costa Rica and Ecuador, the respective growth was 3%, to €993.3 million and 1%, to €731.1 million.

EU vegetable imports

EU vegetable imports from non-EU countries in the year to October 2015 were up 12% in value – to €1.88 billion – compared to the same period in 2014, but the volume remained at about 1.6 million tons.

Morocco, the EU’s top non-EU vegetable supplier, recorded strong growth of 15%, with a total of €630 million. Tomatoes are the main vegetable the EU imports from Morocco and at €295.7 million, these imports recorded growth in value of 25%.

Israel and Egypt, the EU’s next biggest suppliers of vegetables, saw respective increases of 6% and 5%.

Potatoes and carrots are the vegetables most imported by the EU from Israel, while for Egypt it’s potatoes, onions and green beans.

Source: Fepex
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Growth in Spanish fruit & veg exports

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Spanish exports of fresh fruit and vegetables for January to October 2015 were up 7% in volume and 14% in value relative to the same period in 2014 – reaching 10 million tons and €9.47 billion – according to Fepex.

Exports of vegetables were up 4.5% to 4 million tons, for a value of €3.77 billion (+14%) and those of fruit totalled 6 million tons (+ 9%) for a value of €5.7 billion (+14%), according to Spanish government data analysed by Fepex.

The most recent figures, for the month of October, show Spanish exports of fruits and vegetables stood at 804,644 tons, practically equal in volume to the same month in 2014, while the value was 11% higher, at €804 million.

In October, a 4% drop in fruit exports, to 470,040 tons, largely offset the 7% growth in vegetable exports, to 334,604 tons. But the value went up 20% in the case of vegetables, to €306 million, and 6% for fruit, to €498 million.

The main vegetables exported in October were cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and tomatoes. Relative to October 2014, there was 15% volume growth in cucumber exports, to 68,584 tons. Zucchini exports were up 25% to 31,272 tons and those of potato up 61% to 28,066 tons.

In fruit, tangerine exports declined 6% and oranges 2%, to 41,744 tons, while there was a strong increase – 39% – in persimmon exports, to 43,294 tons.

source: Fepex

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Spain works on accessing American and Asian markets

Argentina, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Peru and Thailand are among the markets that Spain’s fresh produce sector is actively exploring for new export opportunities.

Argentina, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Peru, Thailand and the United States are among the markets Spain’s fresh produce sector is actively exploring for new export opportunities.

Work on accessing these countries was discussed this week in Madrid by a special fruit and vegetables working group set up as part of the Spanish government’s internationalisation plan.

Fepex, the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruit, vegetables, flowers and living plants, said in a press release that the 7th meeting of the working group saw further analysis of problems in accessing non-EU markets requiring phytosanitary protocols, as well as the receipt of updates on work underway to secure market access.

New proposals for opening up markets were also put to the meeting and Fepex said in this context it conveyed, among other proposals, the Spanish sector’s interest in access to Peru for stone fruit.

Priority markets and products

Fepex said among the priority markets and products being analysed by the working group regarding export opportunities are:

  • Argentina: onions, cherries, strawberry plants, apples, peaches, plums, stone fruit trees;
  • Brazil: strawberries, blueberries, strawberry plants, watermelon plant seeds, and aubergine (eggplant) seeds;
  • China: peaches, plums, grapes;
  • Japan: persimmons and tomatoes;
  • India: pip fruit and persimmons;
  • Thailand: stone fruit,
  • United States: Fepex said Spain can now export apricots and avocados to the US under an agreement between the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Fepex. A requirement of the US was that Fepex set up a Trust Fund. Work continues on agreements with the US for the export of Spanish peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, strawberry plants, pears and apples.

The fruit and vegetables working group, one of various groups established under the framework of the Spanish government’s Internationalisation Plan for the Agro-food Sector, includes representatives from the government, including the Spanish foreign trade office, and organisations representing the sector, such as Fepex.

Image: courtesy of Fepex

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Spain’s fruit and veg exports up 8% in volume

Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables for January to September this year were up 8% in volume (to 9.2 million tons) and 14% in value (to €8.6 billion) compared to the same period last year, according to government figures processed by FEPEX.

Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables for January to September this year were up 8% in volume (to 9.2 million tons) and 14% in value (to €8.6 billion) compared to the same period last year, according to Spanish government figures processed by FEPEX.

Fruit exports
Fruit exports, which accounted for 60% of the total, rose 10% in volume to 5.6 million tons, and 15% in value to €5.2 billion. FEPEX said citrus, berries, melons and, to a lesser extent, stone fruit, grew strongly in both volume and value.

Berry exports
blueberry €202 million (+ 31%)
raspberry €182 million ( + 35%)
blackberry €11.8 million (+ 48%)
gooseberry €6.6 million (+ 191%)

Melon exports
watermelon €290 million (+ 31%)
melon €258 million (+ 7%)

Stone fruit exports: peach, nectarine, plum, apricot and cherry exports totalled €1 billion (+ 12%) and 999,981 tons (+ 2%).

Vegetable exports

Vegetable exports to September this year totalled 3.6 million tons, up 4% on the same period of 2014, with a value of €3.46 billion (+ 14%).
Products with the most striking growth:

  • tomatoes €705 million (+ 1%)
  • peppers €581 million (+ 4%)
  • lettuce €442 million (+ 16%)
  • cabbage €332 million (+ 14%)
  • zucchini €214 million (+ 60%)
  • garlic €175 million (+ 40%)

Sales of Spanish fruit & veg to other EU countries

Spain’s exports of fruits and vegetables to other EU countries stood at €8 billion, up 17% and accounting for 93% of its total export value, while its exports to non-EU countries were down 9% to €602 million. Germany, with €2.1 billion (+ 17%) remains the main export market for Spanish fruit and vegetables, representing 24% of the total.
It is followed by France with €1.57 billion (+ 15%) and the UK with €1.2 billion (+ 16%).

source: FEPEX

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Fruit Attraction 2015 drew exhibiting companies from 25 countries

Fruit Attraction 2015, held in Madrid October 28-30, beat all the fair’s records, reinforcing its role as the EU's main platform for marketing fruit and vegetables, the organisers, IFEMA and FEPEX, said in a press release.

Organisers say the 7th edition of Fruit Attraction, held in Madrid October 28-30, was the most comprehensive to date.

The fair beat all its records, reinforcing its role as the EU’s main platform for marketing fruit and vegetables, the organisers, IFEMA and FEPEX, said in a press release.

Highlights from the fair data:

  • A total of 49,367 professionals from 100 countries attended, up 22% on the previous year.
  • The number of exhibitors grew 23%, with 1,028 companies from 25 countries.
  • The exhibition area expanded 22% to 33,046 m2.
  • The number of international participants increased 46%, with a total of 9,812 professionals from 100 countries.
  • The number of international exhibitors rose to 27% of the total.
  • Visitors from Italy, France, Portugal, Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Poland and Belgium accounted for 86% of the total number of participants from outside Spain.
  • The ‘B2BFruit New Markets’ area hosted more than 200 business meetings between exhibitors and buyers from 15 countries.
  • The International Guest Programme brought over 600 professionals to Madrid from the purchasing and distribution chains of 53 countries.
  • An extensive programme of activities with some 2,000 attendees ran in parallel to the commercial activity

FEPEX and IFEMA said a special mention should go to the Latin American professionals who were present at the fair. They came from 16 countries, including Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Argentina, joining North American attendees from the US and Canada.

“A large number of professionals also came from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), especially Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and Jordan. Asian and African countries, such as China, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, Senegal, Mali and Angola also increased their presence at this edition, showing the growing diversification of Spanish and European exports.”

They said the exhibition area featuring fruit and vegetable producers and suppliers was once again the area with the strongest participation, with 70% of the display and 714 exhibitors. The ancillary services sector was also well represented, with 30% of the display and 291 exhibitors.

“For this edition, the suppliers’ area was reorganised into a production area and a distribution area. The professional visitors were therefore able to visit Auxiliary Industry and Distribution and Logistics companies in order to find the best suppliers to distribute their products in optimum conditions, and at Tech4Fruits, they discovered solutions and technological innovations for improving productivity and production quality,” the organisers said.

Among other highlights:

  • A new exhibition area, the Organic Hub, for companies offering organic fruit and vegetable products, attracted the participation of 50 companies.
  • The Technical Events Programme held in parallel with the trade exhibition offered many activities and talks, among them the 1st International Persimmon Symposium, Kaki Attraction, focusing on the realities of producing and marketing this fruit, and the 2nd Stone Fruit Attraction, whose aim is to promote Spanish stone fruit production.
  • The Pasarela Innova area showcased 37 new products offered by participants.
  • The Fruit Fusion gastronomy area was a forum providing information, innovation and interpretation of the best farm products available to the catering industry.
  • Food donations: the Madrid Food Bank collected over 30,200 kg of fruit and vegetable products from the fair, 5,000 more than last year.

The next edition of Fruit Attraction will be held October 5-7, 2016.

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