2020

Spending on food falls by 5.3% in US

Spending on food falls by 5.3% in US

Published on May 18th, 2021
Photo: USDA

2020 was only the second year in the past quarter of a century that household expenditure on food in the US dropped. The total spend of around US$1.6 trillion represents a 5.3% fall from 2019, according to a USDA report. The disruption of the trends in food spending can be attributed to the pandemic limiting mobility of consumers and the economic recession that accompanied it. The last fall in spending was in 2009 during the recession.

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Rise in fruit sales in US

Rise in fruit sales in US

Published on May 17th, 2021
Photo: Eurofresh Distribution

April 2021 retail sales of fresh fruit in the US were up from last year’s already high level, but vegetable sales dropped. Fruit sales in the four weeks up to April 25th were up 1.5% Y-O-Y, despite, while vegetable sales slumped by 8.8%. The value of sales in the fresh produce department overall slipped by 3.6%. Nevertheless, compared to the 2019 pre-pandemic level, fresh produce sales at retail were up 10.3%, according to IRI data cited in a joint report by IRI, 210 Analytics and the PMA.

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China’s fresh fruit imports slip 8.9% in 2020

China’s fresh fruit imports slip 8.9% in 2020

Published on Mar 31st, 2021
Photo: Retail China - CR Vangard

Despite China’s imports of fresh produce falling y-o-y in volume terms in 2020, they were up in value, according to Chinese customs data. China imported 5.3 million tons of fresh fruit in 2020, with bananas leading the way (1.7 million tons; 32%). Next came dragon fruit (618,000 tons), followed by durian (575,000 tons), mangos (379,000) and longans (347,000 tons). 

Jump in Peru’s citrus exports 

Jump in Peru’s citrus exports 

Published on Mar 30th, 2021
Photo: Promperú

On the back of the pandemic, Peru exported 37% more citrus in 2020  than in 2019, with shipments reaching 244,000 tons, worth US$262 million, according to data released by the country’s Foreign Trade Research and Development Institute (Idexcam). 

In a statement, Idexcam said: “There is a growing demand for citrus, especially mandarins, due to their antioxidant properties and high content of vitamin C which strengthens the  immune system, creating a rebound of global  commercialisation.”

Morrisons’ profits plunge in 2020

Morrisons’ profits plunge in 2020

Published on Mar 18th, 2021
Photo: Morrisons

UK retailer Morrison’s has announced a 50.7% fall in profits to £201 million for the year to January 31. The plummeting profits are mainly due to the additional £290 million in costs linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. A large contributor is an increase in staff absences, as well as the £230 million impact of handing its business rates relief back to the Treasury.

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