2020

Russia’s mushroom production increased by 80.2% in 2020

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.

Lidl dislodges DIA among top-three Spanish supermarkets

UK organic sector reports record growth in 2020

Bulgaria’s organic farming contracts despite growth in consumer demand 

India’s pear imports to surge by 29% in 2021

Growth of US fruit imports stalls

Altroconsumo names best retailers in Italy

Altroconsumo names best retailers in Italy

Published on Feb 18th, 2021
Photo: Altroconsumo

Italian consumers’ association Altroconsumo has announced its retail awards for 2020/21. Despar was the winner in the supermarket category, while Esselunga was recognised in the hypermarkets & superstores category, and Eurospin was the winner in the discount supermarkets category. In the online retail category, Coop was the winner among the supermarkets, and Esselunga won once again the hypermarket & superstore category.

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