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The webinar Blueberries in Eastern Europe, long-term blueberry market outlook for the Eastern Europe

The webinar Blueberries in Easter Europe, long-term blueberry market outlook for the Eastern Europe

Last week, the mangers of Fruit Inform Project agency (Ukraine) organized and carried out the webinar highlighting the blueberry production in former CIS countries and its marketing. They presented the results of unique study covering 75% of commercial blueberry production in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Uzbekistan.  

The study conducted by Fruit-Inform shows that next 5 years, the blueberry production rates will continue growing in the Eastern Europe. Ukraine is the Eastern European leader in the blueberry business, with areas expanding by 43% annually in 2016-2019, said Ievgen Kuzin, Fruit-Inform Analyst. Thus, most volume of the Ukrainian blueberry crop was sold out domestically: the crop was 35-40% less than in 2019 due to unexpected frost late in spring, and along with the growing demand, the price grew by 30%, making the export unnecessary. At the same time, it is remarkable that small farmers started to export to the Middle East and to Asia. Logistic is currently complicated, but hopefully the transit system will presently be upgrading and developing, believes Taras Bashtannyk, Director of Ukrainian Berry Company.

Other challenges for Ukrainian producers are crop protection (just 1% of the crop is growing on protected area), shortage of labour force (many Ukrainians leave the country for working in Central and Western Europe) and global competition. The growers should focus on the efficiency, the development of post-harvesting treatment, added-value services, etc. Ukraine may turn out into a real competitor to Morocco, as the former is closer to European consumer markets.

Long-term blueberry market outlook for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Ukraine and Russia are large producers of blueberry, but Belarus may lead in investments in blueberry handling technologies in the next five years, said Oleg Bosyy, Managing Partner of FruiTech Company. With the area of 3,000 ha, Belarus has big potential. Currently the quality of the crop is rather poor, besides the post-harvest treatment and packaging service are most primitive. However, the potential export of the country to Russia is big: it is just 5 hour drive from Minsk to Moscow, and small lots of the berry (3 to 5 tons) are tax free.

As for Uzbekistan, blueberry is currently a “show-off” commodity for the Uzbeks, it is a must have for wealthy people treating guests; the retail price reaches 40-50$ sometimes. Still the country may become a Chile in Central Asia, believes Andriy Yarmak, Investment Officer (FAO). The climate is most favourable, it is sunny and dry; there is enough supply of fresh water of high quality; there is enough labour force; farmers are hard-working. The production of early varieties may become the niche segment for farmers who will export them to Russia, India, China, and as far as South Asia. Although the logistic system is not well developed yet, but the transit through Iranian ports is possible.

Thus, Uzbekistan is the country with largest potential in the region.

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Seminar on Asia-Pacific food contact legislation

Seminar on Asia-Pacific food contact legislation, copyright. The Italian Institute of Packaging

The Italian Institute of Packaging is promoting a series of training sessions on 29-30 July 2020 on the main legislation in force on the Asian market covering food contact materials and articles. The series of sessions begins with an overview of the legislation in Asian countries and on future trends. This will be followed by a detailed session focusing in depth on four countries: India, Japan, China and Korea.

There will be an extensive examination of the themes of greatest interest for regulatory affairs of each state: regulatory framework, individual substrate regulation (plastic, elastomers, metals, coatings, inks, adhesives), new substance approval process, supply chain and certification requirements. Each session will conclude with a debate on the themes expounded and will leave extensive space for questions and answers from the participants.

The two days will close with a final session in which the speakers will delineate a comparison between the four nations examined during the seminar, underlining similarities and differences.

The event can only be attended via webinar.

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Free webinar on investing in greenhouses in Russia

For the first time in recent years, Russia’s greenhouse industry has received unprecedented opportunities and active tools for business development, in particular, due to public and private finance attraction in the context of secure giant market. Currently, 170 industrial greenhouse complexes are being built in Russia with the projected investments of about US$ 375 million,

Billed as an opportunity to gain insight into the investment potential of Russia’s industrial greenhouse market – and the opportunities for entering it – the free webinar ‘Investment into industrial greenhouses. Russian market’ takes place Thursday October 20 at 2pm (GMT).

For the first time in recent years, Russia’s greenhouse industry offers unprecedented opportunities and active tools for business development, in particular, due to public and private finance attraction in the context of secure giant market. Currently, 170 industrial greenhouse complexes are being built in Russia with the projected investments of about US$ 375 million, the webinar organisers said in a press release.

The keynote speakers for webinar will be:

  • Maria Ivasenko, Project Manager, Growth Technology
  • Ruslan Asvarov, Sales Director, Greenhouse- Ogni

Issues to be discussed by the speakers include:

  • Trends in greenhouse vegetable consumption in Russia
  • The investment potential in the Russian greenhouse market
  • Greenhouse investment projects by Russian federal districts
  • The potential for greenhouse building to aid in import substitution in Russia

The webinar is being organised by Vostock Capital prior to the international forum “Greenhouse Complexes Russia 2016” which takes place December 7-8 in Moscow.

Register for the free webinar via this link: http://bit.ly/2dJd3Fz