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Nature Green, organic shiitake producer from Ukraine

Nature Green, organic shiitake producer from Ukraine
© Nature Green


Nature Green has recently established in Ukraine, in order to grow organic Shiitake mushrooms. “From the beginning, we have been focused on the production of premium quality organic mushrooms,” said Peter Sutherland, Sales Manager.

“We make our own first-class substrate in house to keep a consistent high-quality harvest, to do this we use the best organic raw materials, advanced techniques and cutting-edge equipment in our facility.” The production is certified with Organic Standards & Global Gap, ISO 22000:2005 and 9001:2015.

Currently they supply shiitake to the local market and export to Europe. The farm is located in a great location the city of Uzhhorod, situated on the western border of Ukraine to the Hungarian, Slovakian & Polish borders. This allows them to efficiently deliver freshness in their mushrooms, they can have delivery’s in any European country within 2 to 4 days.

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Ukraine, no longer only “wild” berries 

The demand for blueberries has been growing steadily in Europe in recent years. As such, many companies from different countries follow the trend. For years, frozen wild blueberries dominated the berry industry in Ukraine being one of most important export products for Europe.
Recently, cultivated highbush blueberries have also entered the market. If frozen wild blueberries market is ingredients B2B, then for cultivated blueberries main market is fresh consumption. Despite of similar name “blueberries” these two plans are from different families – Vaccínium myrtíllus (wild blueberries or European blueberry, or biberry) and  Vaccinium corymbosum (cultivated high bush blueberries)
In Ukraine production of cultivated blueberries as industry just started few years ago.  Most berries plantation are still relatively young yet – average age of blueberry farm in Ukraine is 3-4 years. Every year it can only be expected to yield higher production in Ukraine. 

Irina Kukhtina, President of Ukranian Berries Association © Eurofresh Distribution Magazine


Currently, approximately 3000 hectares of land is producing blueberries in Ukraine. According to Kukhtina, they focus on “developing the businesses of their members by boosting business efficiency, providing market information, improving staff qualifications, and participating in international trade fairs.” UBA provides high quality berries to countries within the European Union while planning to expand their reach to Asia with China looking to be a viable market. Of course, even with the rising market, global competition and promotion has been a minor bump in the road especially for newcomers. Fortunately, the quality of their products speaks for itself and this year, they plan to establish long-lasting relationships with even more partner companies and institutions.


For inquiries: Irina Kukhtina; +38-044-561-6162, +38-067-487-3740;;

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Honeysuckle, a newcomer at Ukrainian market

Honeysuckle, a newcomer at Ukrainian market

More and more European distributors of berries pay attention to honeysuckle. “This year, Ukrainian growers for the first time launch to the market the tastiest varieties of honeysuckle; we are sure, all over the world the consumers will like them,” states Alexander Yareschenko, PhD for agrarian sciences, deputy director of Ukrainian horticulture Institute. The participants of the largest berry conference “Ukrainian Berries-2019, fresh and frozen” will discuss the potential of honeysuckle too. The conference is taking place this May the 21st in Kiev and focuses on export opportunities for Ukrainian berries.


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Ukrainian agricultural exports grow by almost a quarter in first two months of the year

Ukrainian agricultural exports grow by almost a quarter in first two months of the year

Ukraine’s agricultural export market was worth a record USD 18.8 billion in 2018 and this growth trend has continued into the current year.

 Agrarian Ministry officials have reported a 24.4% year-on-year increase in agricultural exports during January-February 2019, representing a new total for the two-month period of USD 3.5 billion.

 The geographical focus of this booming export trade fell predominantly on Asian and European markets, with Africa in third place and CIS countries now relegated to a distant fourth. Ukraine’s top destination was India, which accounted for 9.6% of all Ukrainian agricultural exports. Next came Turkey (7.8%), the Netherlands (7.4%), Spain (6.7%), China (5.8%), Italy (3.8%), Poland (3.3%), Germany and Belarus (2.9%). 


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The 9th International Conference “Berries of Ukraine 2018: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market”

Frozen produce

Ukraine’s most important berry business event moves to Dnipro, one of the most important business, industrial and agricultural centers of Ukraine.

By tradition, the conference will be organized in a two-day format: May 24 for conference sessions and May 25 for the practical business-tour to Agrosilprom, one of the leading berry farms in the region.

The conference will have a focus on all berry crops grown in Ukraine: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red- and blackcurrants, gooseberries, rose hips, seaberries, sweet and sour cherries, honeysuckles, cornelian cherries, table grapes etc.

Among the key topics discussed at the event there will be:

  • Ukrainian berry and cherry production and price forecast for 2018.
  • Export of fresh and frozen berries. How has the focus changed?
  • Ukrainian organic berry market, development outlook, key accents.
  • Greenhouse berry production efficiency in Ukraine.
  • Berry growing technologies in Ukraine.
  • Berry processing in details.
  • Key sales channels for fresh and frozen berries in Ukraine. Domestic and export markets.
  • Collaboration with Ukrainian retail in 2018.

The business-tour will be held to Agrosilprom with the focus on:

– production of greenhouse strawberries and table grapes;

– production of field-grown redcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries;

– berry handling, packaging and marketing.

Why to attend:

– Obtain exclusive market information about real Ukrainian berry and cherry market situation and outlook, which can’t be found in the official statistics

– Meet in person largest growers of berries and cherries from Ukraine

– Meet leading processors of berries

– Excellent promotional and advertising options for representatives of each stage of the berry supply chain

Expected number of participants: 300+ delegates from 10-15 countries of the world.

Conference audience: growers and processors of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red and black currants, blueberries, table grapes, sweet and sour cherries account for more than 60% of delegates.

More information:

Mr. Ievgen Kuzin

phone: +380 (562) 321595, ext. – 341

cell: +380 96 5836323



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Berries of Ukraine 2017: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market

Fruit-Inform announces the start of registration for the 8th International Conference “Berries of Ukraine-2017: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market”.

The event has again changed its hosting city and is to be held in Zaporizhia offering new opportunities and participants’ geography. In addition to berries, the region of Zaporizhia is known for successful production of different berry crops in Ukraine as well as cherries, which will be an additional focus of the event.

By tradition, the conference will be of a two-day format: May 18 for the conference sessions and May 19 for the business-tour to Aurora, of the leading fruit farms of the region, which focus is cherry, apricot and grape growing.

The conference business-program is focused on the following subjects:

  • Ukrainian berry and cherry production and price forecast for 2017
  • The European berry market
  • Ukrainian fresh and frozen berry export potential
  • Main export markets  for Ukrainian berries in 2017
  • Berry growing technologies in Ukraine: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, honeyberries, currants, blackberries
  • Master-class. Cherry growing for business: conditions, technologies, marketing
  • Agrichemistry support for berry and fruit growing
  • Right approaches to choose plants for berry production
  • Production potential of everbearing berries
  • Investments in the berry business: most attractive positions
  • Deep freezing of berries in Ukraine. Present situation and market development prospects
  • Machinery for berry business
  • New berry handling, packaging and processing technologies in Ukraine
  • Key sales channels for fresh and frozen berries: retail, wholesale markets, processing, exports etc.

Conference audience: berry and cherry growers (more than 50%), processors, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers of input and equipment, berry plants, agrichemistry, specialized mass media etc.

The organizers expect the conference to attract more than 220 delegates from 8-10 countries of the world.

Other organizational moments:

  • Preferential registration conditions until April 5
  • Discounts for additional delegates from a company
  • Discounts for Fruit-Inform Weekly subscribers

Conference program, conditions of participation, advertising opportunities and sponsorship packages are available on the conference web-site.

To learn more about the event, please contact Fruit-Inform: 

+380 562 320795​ or  +380 96 5836323 – Mr. Ievgen Kuzin

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Modern retail in Ukraine

Tavria V is the top retailer from Southern Ukraine in online sales

Founded in 1992 in Odessa (southern Ukraine), Tavria V started out selling food in kiosks but in 1998 opened its first supermarkets.

“Tavria V is a multi-format retailer,” said Elena Seyrik, director of its import department. “We operate via 70 stores: hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores and delicatessen supermarkets. Our shops are located in central and southern Ukraine.”

In addition, Tavria V was the first retailer in the region to begin e-commerce, opening its internet shop under the same brand.

“Sales of fresh produce, and fruit and vegetables in particular, are very significant for us,” said Natalia Muzyka, the company’s import manager.

“We import fruit from Greece, Spain, Egypt and Turkey, mainly citrus and stone fruit. The vegetables are imported from Turkey, Poland, and Egypt. Nonetheless, domestic fruit and especially vegetables account for a considerable part of our trade, especially in summer and autumn.

“Ukrainian producers keep improving the quality of their products, expanding their assortment and building modern cold stores so they can extend the seasons’ supplies of local fruit, berries and vegetables.”

To offer better quality and better prices, Tavria V has direct contracts with both Ukrainian and foreign producers.

“Our company keeps growing; we not only have shops, but also two restaurants and a chain of Sprint cafés, so we are open to new contacts,” Seyrik said. 

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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:

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Strong turnout expected at Fresh Business Expo Ukraine

Fresh Business Expo is the only trade event in Ukraine that exclusively targets the complete chain of fresh produce.

The organisers of Fresh Business Expo, which takes place 29 November – 1 December in Kiev, Ukraine, are expecting an increase of at least 30% on the attendance at the last exhibition.

In a press release, they said Fresh Business Expo is the only trade event in Ukraine that exclusively targets the complete chain of fresh produce.
The market situation is becoming more favorable and for this year, for the first time in years, the Ukrainian economy is forecast to grow by some 2%.

Also, the free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine is giving a further boost to the economy.

“With the Free Trade Agreement now in place Ukraine is able to expand its exports to the entire European Union opening up a huge new market and possibilities.

“Ukrainian producers will need to invest heavily in the coming years in new equipment and machines in order to have their production meet European standards.

“Because of these combining factors The Dutch Bank ABN Amro awarded Ukraine with the first place on most promising agricultural markets worldwide. Financiers from ABN AMRO noted that Ukraine is one of the most important agro- industrial regions in the world,” they said in the release.

Kuno Jacobs, the international organiser, said that despite difficult times last year, the 2015 edition of the event was very successful, with an exhibitor satisfaction rate of 84%.

“Basically all companies that have participated with us last year will re-book for the 2016 edition, on top of that we see a lot of interest among new companies because of the changing market situation. These are the main factors for the expected growth in 2016,” Jacobs said.

Besides the strong increase in exhibitors, the organisers already see strong growth in online visitor registrations. Based on a preliminary survey, they expect more than 4,000 targeted visitors from all over Ukraine and neighboring countries.

One of the key success factors of the exhibition is the conference “Fruits & Vegetables of Ukraine”, which is organised by Fruit Inform within the framework of the exhibition, the press release said.

The conference and exhibition attracted leading growers, traders, key supermarket buyers, importers, exporters, processors as well as input and equipment suppliers.

“Now is the time to show presence on this large potential market and benefit from the expected growth in the coming years.”

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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:

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 To confirm your participation, please fill out a registration form.