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Blueberry market in Eastern Europe

Blueberry market in Eastern Europe © Fruit-Inform Agency
© Fruit-Inform Agency

 

On September 17, Fruit-Inform Agency (Ukraine) will hold an international Zoom webinar on the highbush blueberry market in Eastern Europe. The event will be in English and combine blueberry production and trade experience from both Western and Eastern Europe.

There are several reasons for an event dedicated to blueberries: they are one of the most expensive and transportable berry crops with perfect taste and flavour; their production and consumption has been actively developing in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres; and they are traded in Eastern Europe all year round.

The areas that the webinar will focus on are: blueberry production in Eastern Europe; blueberry imports, exports and price performance; minimisation of production and trade risks; and blueberry business development strategies.

Among the speakers, a representative of an international organisation will present market trends in the European market and globally and a representative of a European trader will present his/her view of the blueberry trade developments. There will also be blueberry growers from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus with their assessment of blueberry production, trade and market trends, as well as partners holding webinars about blueberry growing, handling and storage technology innovation. Lastly, a representative of Fruit-Inform will reveal the results of the key study “The Market for Highbush Blueberries in the Eastern Europe-2020”.

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Direct negotiations with 24 supermarket chains & importers from Ukraine & Belarus

Organisers have started scheduling meetings at the 6th International Trade Forum, which will be held on December 1, 2016, in conjunction with the 13th International Conference “Fruits & Vegetables of Ukraine-2016. Profitable decisions”, IEC, Kiev.

The organisers have started scheduling meetings at the 6th International Trade Forum, which will be held on December 1 in conjunction with the 13th International Conference “Fruits & Vegetables of Ukraine-2016. Profitable decisions”, IEC, Kiev.

The organizers also draw attention to the fact that preferential scheduling possibilities will be given to those companies that have confirmed their participation beforehand.

As regards the list of supermarket chains and importers, it is regularly updated and now includes the following buyers:

  • Auchan Ukraine
  • Eko-market
  • Veresen+
  • Kyiv-Zakhid
  • Varus
  • Fozzy Group
  • Billa
  • Kontinent
  • Star Fruit
  • West Retail
  • Alyans-Market
  • Ekspansiya
  • Libra Trade
  • Ukrainian Fruit & Vegetable Company
  • Karavan
  • Tavria-V
  • METRO Cash & Carry
  • Azov-Caribe
  • EuroFreshFruit
  • Avanta Trading House (Kolibris, Nash, 555 Stores)
  • Delikat Supermarket Chain
  • Obzhora Supermarket Chain
  • AIP Agrogroup
  • Eurotorg (Belarus)
  • Shuvar
  • ATB-Market
  • Pochatok
  • Trading House Kalinovka-Premium
  • FreshFoods
  • FreshAlternative

The trade forum is organised in a format of 15-minute negotiations between fruit and vegetable suppliers and purchasing managers of retail chains and importers, and the fact of the event being held within the conference “Fruits & Vegetables of Ukraine-2016. Profitable decisions” enables the participants both to conduct direct negotiations and receive exclusive analytical information on the fruit and vegetable market in the Eastern Europe.

More information: www.fruit-inform.com

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Interest grows in Kazakhstan fruit & veg conference

Fruit-Inform and Kazagromarketing invite all fruit and vegetable market participants to the 1st International Conference “Fruit & Vegetable Business in Kazakhstan-2016”. The event will be a platform to discuss both global trends in the fruit and vegetable market and current situation, infrastructure and logistics development in the domestic sector of Kazakhstan.

The list of participants in the 1st International Conference “Fruit & Vegetable Business in Kazakhstan-2016” is growing daily, with recent additions including the following companies:

  • Van Amerongen (the Netherlands) – modern produce storage solutions.
  • Rusbana Engineering (Ukraine) – high-quality equipment for fruit, vegetable and berry processing.
  • Eurasia Fruit (Kyrgyzstan) – supplier of corrugated packaging for fruit and vegetable business.
  • Insolar (Ukraine) – storage, ventilation, energy saving solutions, equipment for logistics centers and produce storage facilities.
  • S.T. Saydinova IP (Kazakhstan) – logistics solutions for farmers.
  • Kayrat KKh (Kazakhstan) – melon and watermelon growing, breeding and sales.
  • Nargiz KKh (Kazakhstan) – vegetable growing farm.
  • R.K. Seydaliyeva KKh (Kazakhstan) – apple growing farm.
  • Shukhrat KKh (Kazakhstan) – production and sales of vegetables.
  • Fund of Local Communities of Yenbekshikazakhskiy District (Kazakhstan) – support for rural farmers.
  • Svarog West Group (Ukraine) – agriholding with professional apple growing as one of spheres of activities.
  • Plattenhardt + Wirth GmbH (Germany) – one of the leading suppliers of produce long-term storage solutions.

The two-day conference will be held October 20-21 at the Holiday Inn Almaty, Kazakhstan, and is expected to attract more than 200 delegates from 15-20 countries.

The conference audience will include fruit and vegetable growers and processors; representatives of wholesale and retail trade, fruit and vegetable importers from Kazakhstan and their potential suppliers from other countries throughout the globe; suppliers of inputs, plant protection products, fertiliser, trees, plants and seeds; companies offering fruit and vegetable handling and processing solutions; financial and investment enterprises, and specialist media.

For more information: http://www.fruit-inform.com/en/conferences/pobk2016/about

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Berries of Ukraine-2016 conference program finalised

The finalised programme for the 7th International Conference 'Berries of Ukraine-2016. Frozen Produce & Fresh Market' is now available on the conference website: http://www.fruit-inform.com/en/conferences/berries2016/program.

The finalised programme for the 7th International Conference ‘Berries of Ukraine-2016. Frozen Produce & Fresh Market‘ is now available on the conference website.

This year’s edition of the event is expected to set a record high in attendance figures. More than 130 delegates from 10 countries have already confirmed their participation.

The conference programme spans all key facets of the berry business: from berry growing, processing, handling technologies and packaging to the market situation, outlook and fresh and frozen berry sales in the internal market and for export.

The conference, which is sponsored by Syngenta, starts on May 19 at the Apelsin Hotel, in Cherkasy, and on the second day, May 20, all delegates will visit Adana-3, one of the leading berry farms in the region.

The conference programme, conditions of participation, advertising opportunities, sponsorship packages and application form are available on www.fruit-inform.com. To confirm your participation, please fill out a registration form.

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Ukraine berries market under spotlight at conference

Berries and grapes together account for half the total value of all fruit sold in Ukraine, according to statistics presented to delegates from Ukraine and European countries at the Berries of Ukraine 2015 6th International Conference, organised by APK-Inform: Vegetables & Fruits project.

Berries and grapes together account for half the total value of all fruit sold in Ukraine, according to statistics presented to delegates from Ukraine and European countries at the Berries of Ukraine 2015 6th International Conference, organised by APK-Inform: Vegetables & Fruits project.

The conference was held in May in Kiev and hosted 160 agrarians who heard the presentations of professionals concerning the challenges and benefits of the berries sector.

It is possible strawberry exports from Ukraine will be at record level this season, said Tatiana Getman, head of the project. Last year, the country exported 300 tons, and this year the amount may reach 1,000 tons.

Last season, cherries and sour cherries topped the exports. However, this year, with the embargo imposed on Ukrainian fruit, problems with exports may arise, Russia being the top buyer of Ukrainian products.

Growing demand for niche berries

At the same time, the demand for berries at the local market keeps growing, and the number of farmers willing to grow them increases faster than the interest in any other crop. Therefore it is essential to choose the right strategy from the very beginning, said Oleg Bosyi, international expert in the sector.

He recommended starting to grow traditional berries, such as strawberry and raspberry. As for experienced produces, they are interested in offering niche berries as well. Blueberry, bramble and honeysuckle are niche berries chosen by more and more consumers.

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Gooseberries
(Image by neurovelho via Wikimedia Commons)

The demand for cranberry and for gooseberry keeps growing too, the latter being one of the most prospective niche berry, believes Alexander Yarechshenko, science PhD from the Horticultural Institute. It is a pity gooseberry is wrongly forgotten by the farmers, he said. There are currently 600 ha of gooseberry in Ukraine, only 1/3 of them being cultivated commercially. At the same time, demand keeps growing, and gooseberry production has many advantages: the use of the plantation is 15-20 years, and harvesting may be done by machines.

Low Ukraine grape consumption

Meanwhile, Ukrainian table grape producers are less optimistic. Per capita grape consumption in Ukraine remains very low – 1.1 kg against the 12 kg recommended by European health organisations. The reasons are high prices, poor production conditions and lack of modern cold store facilities.

Optimal crop protection among other topics covered

The berries conference program also addressed export potential, the current situation of the frozen berries market, and discussion of new sales channels. The delegates attended master-classes by leading Ukrainian and foreign experts who explained how to choose optimal crop protection and optimal approaches to business barriers in Ukraine in general.

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The 6th International Conference Berries of Ukraine-2015: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market

Gooseberries: Image by neurovelho (own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons