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Romanians spend largest share on food and beverages

Romanians spend largest share on food and beverages, ct. Eurostat

 

EU consumers spent 12.1% of their total expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages, amounting to over €1.047 billion (or 6.6% of EU GDP), according to Eurostat data. Food and beverages ranks as the third largest category of household expenditure after ‘housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’ (24.0%), and ‘transport’ (13.2%). Romania is the country with the highest proportion of household expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages (27.8%), followed by Lithuania (20.9%) and Estonia (19.6%). The lowest proportions were recorded for the United Kingdom (7.8%), Ireland (8.7%), Luxembourg (9.1%) and Austria (9.7%).

Between 2008 and 2018, the share of total household expenditure on food decreased or remained stable in most EU Member States where 2018 data is available. The largest decrease was recorded in Lithuania (from 24.8% of total household expenditure in 2008 to 20.9% in 2018, or a fall of 3.9 percentage points), followed by Poland (-3.4 pp) and Malta (-3.0 pp). In contrast, household expenditure on food increased in 10 EU Member States where 2018 data is available. The largest increase was recorded in Czechia and Slovakia (both +1.4 pp), the Netherlands (+1.0 pp) and Hungary (+0.8 pp).

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Rotten produce on sale at Romanian supermarkets

Rotten produce on sale at Romanian supermarkets, ct. Rok Stritof/EyeEm/Getty Images
Credit: Rok Stritof, EyeEm, Getty Images

 

Two of Romania’s largest retailers Mega Image and Auchan have been fined by the country’s Consumer Protection Agency (ANPC), following repeated complaints from customers about the quality of the fruit and vegetables. ANPC imposed a fine of €35,000 on Mega Image because its stores were offering for sale fruits and vegetables that did not comply with the quality norms (organoleptic changes, mouldy areas, soft consistency) and for storing cooked food under improper conditions. Auchan was fined €55,000 for similar problems, with over a ton of food being withheld from sale.

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Where are fruit & veg prices highest and lowest in Europe?

Among all 38 countries, the lowest prices for oils, fats, fruits, vegetables and potatoes ween seen in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and for other food products in Poland, while the highest prices for almost all categories were observed in Switzerland.

Romania is the EU’s most inexpensive country for fruit, vegetables and potatoes and Sweden the most expensive.

And generally speaking, fruit and vegetable prices are higher in Northern Europe and cheaper in Eastern Europe.

Those are some of the trends seen in Eurostat’s most recent survey on food, beverages and tobacco prices, carried out in 2015 and covered in an article on the website Eurostat Statistics Explained.

The article focuses primarily on price levels for food, beverages and tobacco in 38 European countries – 3 EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and 5 EU candidate countries (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Turkey), 1 potential candidate country (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Kosovo, as well as the 28 EU Member States.

Among all 38 countries, the lowest prices for oils, fats, fruits, vegetables and potatoes were seen in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and for other food products in Poland, while the highest prices for almost all categories were observed in Switzerland.

The category of fruit, vegetables and potatoes includes fresh or chilled fruit, frozen, preserved or processed fruit and fruit-based products, fresh or chilled potatoes, frozen, preserved or processed vegetables and vegetable-based products.

Source: Comparative price levels for food, beverages and tobacco

 

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A third of EU residents don’t eat fruit or veg daily

Regular consumption of fruit and vegetables is considered an important part of a healthy and balanced diet. In the EU, however, slightly more than a third of the population aged 15 or over did not  eat them on a daily basis in 2014,

More than a third of the European Union population aged 15 or over did not eat fruit and vegetables on a daily basis in 2014.

And less than 15% consumed at least the recommended 5 portions a day, according to a Eurostat press release.

The European Union’s statistical office also said the daily consumption of fruit and vegetables differs widely between EU member states.

In Romania, for instance, almost two-thirds (65.1%) of the population aged 15 and over does not eat fruit and vegetables on a daily basis, while in Belgium, at the other end of the scale, it’s 16.5%.

Similarly, a third of those in the UK eat at least 5 portions of fruit or veg daily, compared to 3.5% in Romania and 4.4% in Bulgaria.

And when it comes to differences between men and for women, Eurostat said the daily consumption of fruit and vegetables seems to also be influenced by the level of education – the higher the education level, the higher the share of the “5-a-day” population.

The widest gap between low and high educated persons for “5-a-day” consumption was in the UK, where 40.5% of those with a high education consumed at least five fruit or vegetables each day compared to 25% for those with a low education level.

image: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sfs/index_en.htm

 

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Carrefour to acquire Billa supermarkets in Romania

Carrefour says its planned acquisition of the Billa network in Romania would see it become the leading supermarket operator in the country.

Carrefour has announced an agreement to acquire the network of 86 Billa supermarkets in Romania from the Rewe group.

In a press release, Carrefour said the stores are spread throughout Romania, with a total sales area of 83,000 m2.

“Through this acquisition, Carrefour would become the leading supermarket operator in Romania, strengthening its multiformat offer to better serve its clients. The completion of this transaction remains subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities,” it said.

Image source: http://www.billa.ro/Footer_Navigation/Magazine/Stores/dd_bi_subpage.aspx

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Updates from Romania

Paradisul Inflorit was founded in 2003 by Italian managers and now spans 70 ha of cherry orchards, with a further 20 ha of young trees planted last year. “We carry out all the processes: we grow cherries, pack and process them, and store them if necessary, etc,” said Fogolin Francesco of Agronomic Consulting.

Paradisul Inflorit: Romania’s  biggest cherry orchard
Paradisul Inflorit was founded in 2003 by Italian managers and now spans 70 ha of cherry orchards, with a further 20 ha of young trees planted last year. “We carry out all the processes: we grow cherries, pack and process them, and store them if necessary, etc,” said Fogolin Francesco of Agronomic Consulting.
More than 20 cherry varieties are grown by Paradisul and harvested from late May to early July.
All the processes adhere to the latest technologies. Trees are planted under an intensive system; with the majority protected with anti-hail film, to avoid damage to fragile fruits. Sorting is done on the modern Unitec equipment.
About 80% of the crop is exported to Europe under the Eva brand name. “We are happy that we can grow in Romania fruits of the best European quality,” Fogolin said.

Cherries from Romania to Europe, with love
Prodcom Legume – Fructe is a non-commercial public inter-professional organization of Romanian producers, distributors and exporters of fruit and vegetables. Its main goal is the consolidation of the sector for its stable development as a part of the national agriculture industry. Prodcom’s activities are supported by the EU and the government of Romania. Last June it organised a trip of Russian and Ukrainian buyers to cherry orchards.

Ana Are and Casa Panciu: well known Romanian brands
Italprod Srl. is located in picturesque Buzau County, about 145 km from Bucharest. The company manages a large area with 125 ha of vineyards, 87 ha of apples and 5 ha of cherries, mostly Kordia and Regina.

Ana Are

It is an integrated complex, incorporating all the chain of production and pre-sales preparation. The orchards are located in the protected area with mild climate, moderate rainfall, no hail, etc. Thanks to that and the excellent quality of the saplings, the yield is high: 16 tons/ha for grapes, 20 tons/ha for cherries.
Ana Are fruits and wines under the brand name Casa Panciu are highly regarded within the domestic market and exported to many European countries.

Livada means orchard
Livada is a 33 ha orchard of cherries, apples, pears and plums managed by the family of the engineer Adrian Popescu. It was planted in 2012 with EU investments. The young trees were brought from Holland and planted according to intensive method.
The facilities are equipped with the most modern machinery, including a sorting line with photo elements. While harvesting, a special engine does the primary sorting.

Livada Popescu

“Thanks to high quality of our fruits, we export them to most demanding markets: Germany, Holland and (pre-embargo) Russia,” said A. Popescu.
Livada is currently signing a contract with a retailer from Belorussia. “This season, the crop won’t be large due to the freezing weather last December, and the prices are rather high, but our clients are ready to pay knowing the good quality of our fruits,” Popescu said.

Hortifruit, more than 700 ha of orchards
Hortifruit is an association of Romanian fruit producers located in Ostrovits peninsula, by the Danube River, on the border with Bulgaria.
Hortifruit growers cultivate 300 ha of table and wine grapes, and 477 ha of plums, peaches, cherries and sour cherries, which were planted 5 years ago.


Hortifruit

Some fruits are exported fresh, others are processed at Hortifruit’s own canning plant, the largest in Romania. Thanks to the EU’s 20 million investment, Hortifruit uses the most modern technologies and equipment.