Sustained growth of Spain’s organic agriculture
Italian packaging machinery sales top €8 billion
Italy’s automatic packaging machinery manufacturers are the only Italian capital goods producers to report growth in revenues in 2019 (+2.2%), thereby confirming the world leadership position of a niche mechanical engineering sector, which for the first time in its history has broken the €8 billion euro revenue barrier. The number of operating companies decreased in 2019 (down 2.4% to 616) as a result of the series of M&As underway in the sector, while the number of employees rose to 33,304 (+2.1%).
2019 EU apple campaign sees smaller crop but price recovery
As expected from a moderate crop, prices during the ongoing campaign are moving within ranges significantly above the average price. During recent weeks, EU demand has been at good levels and the average prices for April 2020 are 33% above the average for the last five years (they were 23% above average in March 2020).
Kashmir’s apple crop up 5%
Global citrus crop shrinks
China and EU experience contrasting apple crops
Credit: Calvados Tourisme (calvados-tourisme.com)
South Africa’s soft citrus crops defy expectations
South Africa’s 2019 soft citrus season presented a varied picture across the country’s diverse geography. The estimates of the major organisations (e.g. Citrus Marketing Forum) were realised, with exports amounting to 18.2 million 15kg cartons, according to data published by the CGA . However, the accuracy of the estimates appears to have been a fluke, as South Africa’s fourth largest production area, Sundays River, exported 31% more than the initial estimate, while the fifth biggest, Senwes, exported 42.6% less than had been forecast.
Record global peach and nectarine crop in 2019
Slump in Spanish citrus crop
The first estimates for Spain’s 2019 citrus crop indicate a fall in volumes for all crops, according to data published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The country’s orange harvest is expected to be down 16.7% to 3.27 million tons, while the Satsuma crop is expected to plummet 29.2% to 145,400 tons. Lemon production is also estimated to be well down from last year’s level (but above the 2017 level), dropping 16.4% to 959,800 tons.
Spanish production estimates indicate larger potato and apple crops