The first digital version of the European Solar Greenhouses Congress in December brought the technology closer to society. For two days, experts, researchers, and scientific communicators in the fields of nutrition, chemistry, economics, virology, and mathematics shared little-known aspects and debunked some ingrained myths regarding greenhouses.
Inversolar shines a light on greenhouse agriculture
Summing up: key trends of Russian retailers in 2020
The largest Russian retailers and qualified analytics shared their experience regarding 2020 and forecasts for 2021 for the research of Prognosis Company published by Retail.ru service.
Numerous retailers had to alter their strategy in respect of e-commerce; some of them launched their own online stores, others did it in cooperation with the established platforms.
Large French potato crop
France’s 2020 potato crop is up 3.4% from last year, reaching approximately 6.75 million tons, according to data published by the UNPT-CNIPT. The volume is 1.1% above the 5-year average. Acreage has expanded 1.4% to 154,900 ha. Average gross yield is around 43.6 ton/ha, which is better than last year, and slightly above the 5-year average. However, the current pandemic is likely to have a severe impact on the success of the campaign, with demand down in the food service channel.
Aldi to close 31 Leader Price stores in France
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According to the CGT union, the 240 employees working in these stores will be reclassified elsewhere.
This decision comes after the takeover by Aldi of the Leader Price franchise from the French giant Casino during last November. The stores concerned are to often be sold to other companies, for various reasons like a too close proximity to Aldi brand's stores or a too strong competition in the sector.
Sharp drop in cargo handled at European ports
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Shipping companies have suffered heavily from the effects of the pandemic, with volumes handled dropping by over a third in some cases. In the first nine months of 2020, Northern European ports registered a 6% fall in volumes compared to the same period in 2019, handling 31.3 million TEU, according to data published by container-news.com
Ecuador sets new banana export record
Ecuador expects to set a new record for banana exports in 2020, despite the logistics obstacles caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first ten months of the year, the world’s number-one banana producer has shipped over 7% more volumes than in the same period of 2019, reaching over 315 million boxes. Data published by the Banana Marketing and Export Association (ACORBANEC) shows that the EU remains the main market for Ecuadorian bananas (26.9%), followed by Russia, the Middle East, the US, East Asia, the Southern Cone.
Washington Apple Week encompasses nineteen countries
The Washington Apple Commission has announced that this week, from November 28 to December 6, is the second annual celebration of Washington Apple Week. The global event spans nineteen countries and feature activities to connect consumers with the source of their food through education as well as build excitement for the arrival of the new season Washington apples.
Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect to remain active and open
LIVEConnect will remain active and open to allow the community to continue generating contacts, expanding networking, meetings, video calls and continue working with the contacts made, as well as having access to all the sectorial content.
Fruit Attraction held its first virtual edition during the month of October, bringing together the entire world fruit and vegetable community through a new and advanced technological platform: Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect.