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Iran has been gaining its position in Russia as an important exporter of sweet pepper

Iran has been gaining its position in Russia as an important exporter of sweet pepper
Photo: Z&Y Fruit Company

Israel remains the largest capsicum exporter to Russia. Last year, it supplied 48,300 tons. Moreover, the export value has grown up to 75,400 euro, comparing to 62,600 euro in 2016, in spite of a slight decrease of the volume (50,000 tons in 2016). For many years, Russia has remained by far the largest partner for Israel; thus, in terms of value, its share of global capsicum export has increased from 54% in 2016 to 72% in 2019.

China and Turkey are other large exporters of capsicum; and one more player appeared at Russian market whose presence is not to be ignored. “Iran has become one of the most significant competitor of Israel in the European part of Russia,” says Elnur Mehdiev, purchase manager of Z&Y Company (St. Petersburg). “Iranian growers have improved quality of their pepper; they more flexible and offer better price.” Besides, shipping from Israel is done through Black see, and the containers are often delayed due to weather condition; Iran, on the contrary, sends its produce by trucks thus making the delivery time faster and more predictable.

Z&Y, one of the largest Russian wholesale traders, has been importing fruit and vegetables since 1996. The company imports more than 200,000 of produce a year, cooperating with some 200 suppliers from all over the world. The company owns three cold stores in St. Petersburg and  three cold stores at Moscow’s Foodcity wholesale market.

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First Dutch sweet peppers land in China

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On April 14th, the first batch of Dutch sweet peppers hit the Chinese market. The peppers are produced by the Harvest House cooperative and shipped by air to Weihai, a coastal city in Shandong. The peppers are sourced directly by leading retail chain Shandong Jiajiayue.  The peppers are picked, packaged and flown to China in less than 48 hours to ensure maximum freshness and flavour. These should be the first of many varieties of sweet peppers that will be introduced to the Chinese market this year. Among the varieties on offer is the red and yellow Enjoya pepper as well as both yellow and orange sweet snack peppers. Around 85% of Holland’s sweet pepper production is exported.