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Cabbages, broccoli and onions: Europe the export leader

Cauliflowers and broccoli are traded for the same value and slightly more volume; onions are seeing a true export boom.

The European balance trade in cauliflower and broccoli rose quite a lot in terms of volume (+2.6% on average between imports and exports), but the traded value remained the same between 2013 and 2015.

The total amount of imports reached €489.16 billion for a total of 54,333 tons in 2015, while exports represented almost 33% more trade in both value and volume (70,342 tons for €601.6 billion).

The main European exporting countries within the EU are Spain (€238,325,417 in 2015) and France (€80,723,418). Cauliflowers and broccoli imported from the US saw an incredible drop from €2 million to almost none.

Cabbages recover value

The cabbage category suffered a much bigger downfall in terms of value than cauliflowers and broccoli in 2014. Although the balance of trade rose by 2%, the value of imports fell by 8% and exports went down by 4% in value.

In 2015, the value came back to its previous level and even went higher to a total of €950.45 billion for imports (+4% compared to 2013) and €1.1 billion for exports (+2.5% compared to 2013).

The main import partners are Spain (€360.7 billion), Germany (€211.7 billion), the Netherlands (€155.4 billion), Italy (€96.2 billion) and France (€91.9 billion).

Onions: European export boom

Onion exports recorded a sharp fall in 2013 from €788.55billion to €723.8 billion (-9%). It finally went up last year to €798.94 billion thanks to more acreage and production.

Exports remained difficult in 2015 due to the Russian ban and weak euro, but the currency is no longer a problem.

Intra-EU imports kept on falling over the last year. In 2014, they totalled 15,673 tons.

Worldwide consumption is rising, with prices being put under pressure and the onion trade suffering from a lack of supply.

This article was first published in edition 145 (Sep-Oct 2016) of Eurofresh Distribution magazine on page 102. Read more fresh produce news from that issue at: www.eurofresh-distribution.com/magazine/145-2016-sepoct.

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Navarro Darder Onions making headway in America

Navarro Darder has a wide range on offer, including sweet and spring onions as well as coloured onions: red, white and yellow.

Located 20 kilometres from Valencia, the Navarro Darder onion company supplies several different types, making up an annual total of 25 million kilos.

Navarro Darder is mainly focused on international exports and 80% of its volumes are shipped outside Spain. The European Union, South American and UAE are markets where it enjoys well-earned prestige. For 5 years the company has been exporting squash and pumpkins to the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland, and is now seeking new horizons in Central America.

“We have a great opportunity in America, as we produce in the Spanish counter-season and Spanish onions are similar to those grown there. We are currently supplying countries like Peru, Chile and Brazil, with onions harvested no more than two months previously at all times. All we need now is to make a name for ourselves in Central America,” said Jose Vicente Darder Navarro.

With four years of experience, Navarro Darder has a wide range on offer, including sweet and spring onions as well as coloured onions: red, white and yellow. Forging strategic alliances with producers from the planet’s other hemisphere, Navarro Darder has fresh sweet onions available all year round. “We fully guarantee our product’s freshness,” he said.

Image courtesy of Navarro Darder

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EU approves PGI for Italian onion

Italy’s ‘Cipolla Bianca di Margherita’ – a sweet, white onion produced along the Adriatic coast – was registered in the EU as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) on October 20.

Italy’s ‘Cipolla Bianca di Margherita’ – a sweet, white onion produced along the Adriatic coast – was registered in the EU as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) on October 20.

According to the PGI application, the onion (Allium cepa L.) is a fresh product, noted for its succulent bulbs with a high sugar content. When harvested it must be sweet and juicy in the mouth and be tender and crisp in texture.

There are four different local ecotypes, based on the growing period: ‘Marzaiola’ or ‘Aprilatica’, ‘Maggiaiola’, ‘Giugniese’ and ‘Lugliatica’.

The production area for ‘Cipolla bianca di Margherita’ comprises the territories of the municipalities of Margherita di Savoia, Zapponeta and Manfredonia.

“Thanks to the specific genetic characteristics of the populations that have been selected and propagated over centuries by the local farmers and to the specific soil and climatic conditions, the ‘Cipolla bianca di Margherita’ has distinct characteristics,” the application said.

A study by the University of Foggia found that compared to other white onion cultivars grown outside the geographical area, the the most significant differences of ‘Cipolla bianca di Margherita’ onions are:

  • a low level of dry matter and soluble solids, making the onion crunchier and more succulent,
  • lack of sharpness,
  • high quantities of reducing sugars, making them sweeter
  • they are harvested earlier than in other growing areas.

Source: DOOR

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Asparagus, strawberry and onion production down this year in the US

The United States asparagus crop will be down 8% on last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Figures released on September 4 also show that strawberry production faces a 4% drop and that of onions 5% compared to that of 2014.

The United States asparagus crop will be down 8% on last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Figures released on September 4 also show that strawberry production faces a 4% drop and that of onions 5% compared to that of 2014.

Asparagus

Production of the 2015 asparagus crop is forecast at 685,000 cwt, down 8% on 2014. Area harvested, at 23,500 acres, is down 1%. Total value of the crop, at US $75.7 million, is up 3% from 2014. Fresh production of 530,000 cwt is down 7% on a year ago.

souce. NASS

Strawberries

Strawberry production in the US is forecast at 31.1 million cwt, up 4% from 2014. Area harvested, at 52,800 acres, is down 2%
from last year. Strawberry yield is forecast at 588 cwt per acre, up 37 cwt from 2014.

“In California, warm weather led to an earlier harvest. While the drought has impacted plant growth, production and quality
were reported to be good,” the NASS report said.

Onions

Production of the 2015 onion crop is forecast at 69.1 million cwt, down 5% from 2014. Onion growers expect to harvest 133,350 acres in 2015, down 4% from last year. Spring onion growers intend to harvest 21,900 acres, down 18% from last season.

Summer, non-storage onion growers expect to harvest 18,800 acres, down 2% from a year ago, while summer storage onion growers plan to harvest 92,650 acres in 2015, down 1% from last season.

The final tally of 2014 storage onion production is 55.7 million cwt, up 10% from 2013. The 2014 storage crop is valued at $566 million, an increase of 2% from 2013, NASS said.